This award provides a $5,000 cash or grant prize to an individual (faculty or staff) or a small team for their innovative program or project that demonstrates measurable outcomes related to at least one priority metric from the Collective Impact Strategic Plan and can be scaled to maximize our impact.

The Spring 2018 deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Friday, Mar. 9.

Nomination forms and award guidelines are available on the UCF Collective Impact Strategic Plan website at http://www.ucf.edu/strategic-plan/champions/

Questions? Contact Lisa Jones: Lisa.Jones@ucf.edu

Faculty and staff are invited to join Provost Dale Whittaker for a series of forums to explore UCF’s Collective Impact Strategic Plan and key issues in higher education as they relate to our university’s future.

Our next forum will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 3:30 p.m. in the Morgridge International Reading Center, Global Communications Room (GCR). It will revisit our progress on metrics related to student success and discuss new initiatives to help us reach our collective goals. The forum will feature Dr. Elizabeth Dooley, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies, and Dr. Maribeth Ehasz, Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Services, as well as other faculty and staff members who are helping to improve student success through technology, such as predictive analytics, and a new general education program initiative.

If you cannot attend these forums in person, you may watch them in real time online at http://oir.ucf.edu/webcast/. You also can track our progress across key metrics and view past forums on our Collective Impact Strategic Plan website at http://www.ucf.edu/strategic-plan/progress/.

These Provost Forums will feature leaders from across the university, and spotlight faculty or staff members from a program, group, or initiative who are helping us reach our goals – from student success and faculty excellence to philanthropy and research. 

Refreshments will be served. The remaining 2017-18 forum schedule is listed below.

Student Success
Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 3:30 p.m.
Morgridge International Reading Center, GCR

Funding and Philanthropy
Tuesday, April 3, at 3 p.m.
Morgridge International Reading Center, GCR

Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE)- Applications due February 9 at 1pm.
SURE will take place April 5 in the Student Union, and will feature UCF undergraduates presenting their research and creative projects to the broader university community. Undergraduates (and Fall 2017 graduates) from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. If you would to be a faculty judge, you may submit your interest at: https://tinyurl.com/SUREjudges

Learn more at a Spring 2018 Faculty Workshop (CB1 205)
Effective Mentoring in Undergraduate Research (Tuesday, February 6, 10:00-11:00 AM)
Integrating Research into the Curriculum (Tuesday, February 13, 10:00-11:00 AM)
Mentor Resources and Opportunities in Undergraduate Research (Monday, March 5, 2018, 2:00-3:00 pm)

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF; applications due March 2)
Undergraduates participate in independent research and creative projects in collaboration with UCF Faculty during the summer. All students receive a $1500 scholarship. Their faculty members receive $250 supply fund. Workshops are held for students to help them develop their application.

Undergraduate Research Grant (Applications due on March 30 for summer)
Students can apply for grants of up to $500 to support research costs; students traveling to conduct research are eligible for up to $1000 to support travel (i.e. flights, hotel). Group projects may be eligible for up to $1000.

TRiO Programs at UCF (SDES TRiO Center and AAP/ McNair) have partnered with FL TRiO to celebrate TRiO and the work it has done for over 50 years to assist first generation/ low income students to attain postsecondary degrees/ credentials. 
We will begin our TRiO Week celebration with an Opening Ceremony on February 19th and conclude with the observance of the national TRiO Day of Service on February 24th. Students will be volunteering at Harvest Time USA. 
Please help us to identify faculty/ staff who are either TRiO alum or have worked in TRiO programs. If you have done either, please take 5 minutes to complete the brief I Am TRiO survey. Thank you for your time! https://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bNu5yNlU0zYy49n

Directed by Theatre UCF faculty member and artistic director Julia Listengarten, Theatre UCF presents Bernarda Alba (Lyrics and Music by Michael John LaChiusa, Based on the play The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca) March 22-31, telling the tale of a powerful matriarch, who imposes a strict rule on her household following her second husband’s funeral. Bernarda’s five daughters, however, struggle with her cold wishes as the girls’ dreams and desires challenge their mother’s harsh rules and the outside world begins to slowly permeate their isolated existence. To get your $10 faculty ticket, please visit http://theatre.cah.ucf.edu/events.php?id=3841.

The Faculty Center is happy to share information about events or activities that are relevant to faculty in the listserv each month. If you would like to request that we include an announcement, please email me a paragraph (three to four sentences) including a link to additional information if appropriate, by close of business on the last Wednesday of the month for inclusion on the following Sunday. Please verify that all links are correct before submitting. Due to technological constraints we cannot include attachments or HTML formatted text. Remember to include critical details like the place and time for the event and feel free to suggest a headline. Announcements will run for one month, with exceptions in special circumstances. Just send your announcements to fctl@ucf.edu and we will help to spread the word.

Faculty Spotlight View Other Award Winners

Dorilyn Hitchcock
College of Health and Public Affairs Dorilyn   Hitchcock First and foremost, I truly enjoy teaching. I hope that I will be most thought of for my enthusiasm for the subject matter and my love of the classroom. It is most important to be current and knowledgeable in the subject area. As Program Director and Clinical Coordinator, I must keep current in the tec...

Thomas M. Dolan
College of Sciences Thomas M.   Dolan Effective teaching starts, but does not end, in the classroom because student success does not end in the classroom. In addition to clearly communicating contemporary scholarship about international relations to my students, I try to engage them in the logic of discovery, improve their writing and analytical s...

Jane Waterman
College of Sciences Jane Waterman Science is like a big jigsaw puzzle, and each research project is like a piece of that puzzle. To get this message across to my students, at all the levels I teach, I try to bring science alive to my classes, show them that science is always a work in progress and that it is exciting. I think it is important to in...