Assistant Professor Excellence Program

The Assistant Professor Excellence Program (APEP), a joint effort between the colleges and Faculty Excellence, is designed to provide professional development and coaching for assistant professors in their early years in academia, specifically years one through three.

Structure of the Program:

The program consists of two main components. Each assistant professor is initially paired with a seasoned faculty member in their college who will serve as a coach. Then, professional development sponsored by the colleges, Faculty Excellence, and other faculty-serving offices (such as the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, Office of Research and Commercialization, Center for Success of Women Faculty, and Office of Diversity and Inclusion) is offered throughout the academic year. Because assistant professors come to UCF with different experiences and backgrounds, this program will provide them a varied series of topics and resources to choose. Those participating, in consultation with their department chair/director, can determine the professional development sessions that will be of most benefit.

What are the expectations of the coach?

Program Calendar

For a list of upcoming events and programs focused on professional development, click the button below.

 

The coach is expected to make contact (e.g., face-to-face or phone call) with their assigned assistant professor(s) once per month, and assistant professors should feel welcome to make contact, as well. To assist with guiding this contact, the schedule below provides suggestions for topics that may be discussed as related to the respective programs.

What are the expectations of the assistant professors?

To get the most out of the APEP, assistant professors will meet with their coach and attend programs that will benefit their development. For the sessions offered through Faculty Excellence, assistant professors will receive documentation of participation via PeopleSoft (MyUCF > employee self service > learning and development > training summary) that may be used for their annual evaluation.

Program Evaluation

Program evaluation is being conducted on the Assistant Professor Excellence Program, and there will be data that coaches and assistant professors will be asked to provide. Results will be used for formative purposes, to make changes over the course of the year, and for summative purposes, to make program revisions for future years. Results obtained will not be used to evaluate the assistant professors nor the coaches, and they will only be aggregated across the university (not by individual programs, departments, colleges, or schools). The aggregate results will be shared with appropriate offices on campus (e.g., Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning or Office of Research and Commercialization) allowing them to consider offering additional resources or professional development opportunities.

Questions?

As noted earlier, this program is a joint effort between the colleges and Faculty Excellence. Questions can be directed to your college’s representative or to Faculty Excellence (Dr. Debbie Hahs-Vaughn).


Dates, Times, & Topics:

Events listed below will be scheduled and announced by each individual college. University-wide sessions can be accessed here and by clicking on the calendar button above.

August

Welcome to UCF

  • Date/Time: August
  • Location: TBD by colleges
  • Sponsor: College (please check with the Dean’s office in your college for details on this program)
  • Goal of the program: To welcome faculty to their academic college and allow introductions to the college, resources, and colleagues
  • Target Audience: Assistant Professors new to UCF

Suggested homework/discussion with coach: Coaches share tips on beginning an academic career; assistant professors develop two-minute scholarship presentation (i.e., elevator talk) understandable to a lay person and share elevator talk and get feedback from coach

September

Show Me the Money: Funding Your Research and Creative Activities

  • Date/Time: September
  • Location: TBD by colleges
  • Sponsor: College (please check with the Dean’s office in your college for details on this program)
  • Goal of the program: To introduce faculty to funding resources with their college and UCF
  • Target Audience: Assistant professors unfamiliar with PIVOT and/or new to securing external funding

Suggested homework/discussion with coach: Conduct a funding search in PIVOT; identify at least one upcoming funding opportunity that matches your interests; share results and get feedback from coach on the funding opportunities identified

October

Steps to Success: College Promotion and Tenure

  • Date/Time: October
  • Location: TBD by colleges
  • Sponsor: College (please check with the Dean’s office in your college for details on this program)
  • Goal of the program: To acquaint faculty with the promotion and tenure process and steps to consider to assist in a successful journey to promotion and tenure
  • Target Audience All assistant professors

Suggested homework/discussion with coach: Develop action plan for two measurable items related to successful tenure and promotion; share with coach for feedback

February

Making Your Mark: Establishing Research/Scholarship Early in Your Career

    • Date/Time: February
    • Location: TBD by colleges
    • Sponsor: College (please check with the Dean’s office in your college for details on this program)
    • Presenter: TBD
    • Goal of the program: To interact with a panel of successful early career scholars and learn tips and tools for ensuring an early successful research/scholarship trajectory
    • Target Audience: All assistant professors

Suggested homework/discussion with coach: Interview a recently promoted associate professor to gather suggestions on establishing an early successful research/scholarship trajectory

April

Preparing Your Annual Report

  • Date/Time: April
  • Location: TBD by colleges
  • Sponsor: College (please check with the Dean’s office in your college for details on this program)
  • Presenter: TBD
  • Goal of the program: To provide information on the required faculty annual report, including details on process as well as tips for presenting your accomplishments
  • Target Audience: All assistant professors

Suggested homework/discussion with coach: Draft your annual report and share with your coach for feedback

May

Preparing Your Annual Report

  • Date/Time: May
  • Location: TBD by colleges
  • Sponsor: College (please check with the Dean’s office in your college for details on this program)
  • Presenter: TBD
  • Goal of the program: To provide information on the required faculty annual report, including details on process as well as tips for presenting your accomplishments
  • Target Audience: All assistant professors

Suggested homework/discussion with coach: Draft your annual report and share with your coach for feedback


Other professional development opportunities are offered throughout the year. Click on the calendars below for more details.

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