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Each year the Faculty Center selects between 30 and 50 full-time faculty members to participate in a 2½-day on-campus conference at the end of the fall semester. Each funded faculty member joins a cohort of colleagues from departments across campus to make a prepared presentation about professional practice related to the conference theme, attend workshops, and engage in think tank sessions. The event features some elements of a typical academic conference and other elements similar to a working retreat.

Selected faculty members who attend all sessions and submit the required deliverables receive a $500 grant subject to normal withholding tax. The call for proposals typically goes out in mid-October.

2019 Winter Faculty Development Conference

The Faculty Center welcomes faculty proposals for the 2019 Winter Faculty Development Conference on December 11th-13th. This year’s theme is “Understanding our Students.”

Understanding our students is a key to effective teaching. What do we know about the cognitive and emotional process of learning among college students? How do our current students differ in their expectations and habits from previous generations of college students? What is essential for understanding the unique challenges of students from historically marginalized groups? What techniques can we use to understand needs of individual students? During this year’s Winter Faculty Development Conference, we will explore practical responses to these and similar questions.

Approximately 40 faculty members will be selected to receive funding to participate in all sessions. Each funded faculty member will join a cohort of colleagues from across campus, make a prepared presentation about professional practice related to the theme, attend workshops, and engage in relevant think tank sessions. The event will feature some elements of a typical academic conference and other elements similar to a working retreat. Funded faculty participants are expected to attend all sessions on each of the three days. All UCF faculty and staff are welcome to attend plenary portions of the event.

Proposal Criteria
Each applicant for funding will submit a proposal of up to 500 words for an individual 8-to-10-minute informal, discussion-based presentation describing an aspect of research or practice that addresses the theme “Understanding our Students” as described above.

Proposals will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  1. relevance to conference theme
  2. quality and clarity of presentation description

Among proposals that meet the above criteria, new faculty members will be given special consideration.

Deliverables

  1. Presentation at the conference
  2. By the end of the Winter Conference, faculty participants will identify goals for improving aspects of their teaching
  3. Participants agree to submit a post-implementation report by the end of the spring semester that describes the impact of any changes to their teaching that resulted from the Winter Conference.

Please note:

  • Registration is for individuals only, not groups.
  • Selected faculty members who attend all sessions and submit the required deliverables will receive a $500 grant subject to normal withholding tax.
  • Participants will be expected to attend the entire conference to receive payment. Those who cannot attend all sessions on all three days are welcome to participate in as much of the conference as they are able but will not be eligible for funding. This includes those who must miss to complete any other university business.
  • Proposals are due at 5 p.m. on November 12, 2019.
  • Final decisions on acceptance will be provided to all applicants by November 20, 2019.

Please confirm your availability for 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on December 11 and 12, and 8:30 a.m. to noon on December 13, before applying.

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