Our Office


Our Quest

Strengthen and support all UCF faculty in advancing our mission of discovery, learning, and engagement through strategic recruitment, development, and retention initiatives with a commitment to communication, recognition, inclusivity, and partnership. 

Our Goals

Goal 1: Achieve the State of Florida Preeminence Benchmark of 6 National Academy Members.

Goal 2: Diversify our faculty through Inclusive Excellence.

Goal 3: Increase our tenure-earning and tenured faculty by 25%.

Goal 4: Strengthen and support UCF faculty through development, mentoring, leadership, recognition, and retention initiatives.


Our Team

Karla Arce
IT Business Analyst
(407) 823-1113
Lucretia Cooney
Associate Director
Academic Support Services
(407) 823-1113
Christa Diercksen, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Instructor/Lecturer Excellence Program
(407) 823-1113
Eileen Guarino
Assistant Director, Academic Support Services - Awards
(407) 823-1113
Debbie Hahs-Vaughn, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Excellence
(407) 823-1113
Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Ph.D
Coordinator, Academic Leadership Academy and Scroll & Quill
(407) 823-1113
Kelsey Miller
Office Assistant - Confidential
Frances Ragsdale
Administrative Assistant for the Center for Success of Women Faculty
(407) 823-4240
Teresa Rodriguez
Coordinator, Administrative Services
Faculty Excellence & UCF Global
Assistant to the Vice Provost
(407) 823-4376
Steven Veaughn
Student Assistant
(407) 823-1113
Linda J. Walters, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Success of Women Faculty
Pegasus Professor of Biology
(407) 823-2148


Millican Hall 351 | (407) 823-1113 | FacultyExcellence@ucf.edu