Faculty Excellence provides professional development opportunities for all faculty to advance their career and continue to excel in the classroom and on the field. This includes new programs for assistant professors, instructor/lecturers and women faculty for professional development and coaching designed to help faculty develop leadership skills and assist during career transitions.
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Offered for the first time in 2015-2016, the Office of Faculty Excellence established the Academic Leadership Academy with the primary objective of developing future academic leaders. The program provides an introduction to academic leadership, an opportunity for faculty to interact with senior academic leaders, and the chance to build a mental model of university administration. Participants also develop a leadership network with peers from across multiple disciplines.
The goals of the program are to build community and to instill the skills and attitudes of leaders, including a commitment to the role of diversity in achieving excellence. The years in which the Academic Leadership Academy is offered alternates with Provost Faculty Fellows such that ALA is offered in even-numbered academic years (e.g., 2018-19, 2020-21). Must apply to participate. Learn more about this program.
This program is designed to provide professional development and coaching for assistant professors in their early years in academia. A menu of programming, facilitated by the Office of Faculty Excellence, the colleges, and other faculty-serving offices on campus will be offered throughout the year. Those contributing to the program will be the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Research and Commercialization, and the Center for Success of Women Faculty, among others. Additionally, each assistant professor in the program will be paired with a seasoned faculty member who will serve as a coach.
This program is a joint effort between Faculty Excellence and the colleges. Assistant professors in their first three years at UCF are invited to participate. Learn more and view upcoming dates.
The Chairs and Directors Excellence Program (CDEP) will meet monthly for 1 to 1-/4 hour and will be held immediately preceding the Chairs/Directors Council. Generally these meetings will be the fourth Tuesday of each month beginning at 3:00, and Outlook invites will be sent to Department Chairs and Directors with all requisite details. These meetings will be closed in attendance to only Department Chairs and Directors so as to create a ‘safe space’ for conversation.
All Department Chairs and Directors are invited to participate in the CDEP, and there is no application process. Learn more.
Leadership Circles are facilitated small groups of Chairs and Directors that meet monthly. These Circles provide a supportive and confidential environment in which Chairs and Directors can build leadership skills and have meaningful conversations that will assist in grappling with issues that Chairs and Directors face. A pilot Leadership Circle program will be offered during 2016-2017. The Circle facilitator is Mr. Bob Case, a respected leadership executive who is external to UCF.
Chairs and Directors that have a minimum of two years of experience as a Chair or Director may apply. Learn more.
The Faculty Excellence Advisory Council includes full-time faculty members along with representatives from key faculty-serving units including the Center for Distributed Learning, Center for Success of Women Faculty, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, UCF Global, and Office of Research and Commercialization. Our goal is to serve the interests of faculty by providing input on efforts designed to strengthen and support all UCF faculty. Council members serve a one-year term and attend two to three board meetings each academic year and may also be called on at other times throughout the year to offer input related to various initiatives.
The Office of Faculty Excellence Faculty Fellow Program will provide the opportunity for up to two faculty to assist with current initiatives and launch new initiatives with a focus on strengthening UCF’s faculty. In their roles, Fellows will collaborate with colleagues in the Office of Faculty Excellence and in other academic and administrative offices across campus. Fellows will be expected to participate as an active member of the Office of Faculty Excellence team (e.g., contributing to team meetings, providing ideas/suggestions on related projects, maintaining presence in the office).
The Instructor/Lecturer Excellence Program, for both new and seasoned instructor/lecturers, is geared to support teaching faculty and provide them with campus contacts to be successful in their position. Organized by the Office of Faculty Excellence, the program will also offer opportunities for teaching faculty across colleges and disciplines to network and facilitate cross-disciplinary interaction. The program also is open to existing teaching faculty to learn about university resources and initiatives and make new connections campus wide.
All instructors and lecturers are invited to participate, and there is no application process. Learn more and view upcoming dates.
The Provost Chair/Associate Dean-in-Residence Program is designed to further develop academic leaders at the university level for very critical academic leadership roles, UCF’s Department Chairs and Directors and Associate Deans. The goal of the program is to provide the opportunity to further enhance leadership development of Department Chairs and Directors and Associate Deans, while simultaneously enhancing UCF culture and capacities. The Office of the Provost invites nominations and applications for a one-year position (academic year, with an optional summer assignment) as a Provost Chair/Associate Dean-in-Residence, beginning in the fall 2017 semester with the option of summer 2018. It is anticipated that one Provost Chair/Associate Dean-in-Residence will be selected.
The Provost Faculty Fellows Program is designed to develop leadership skills at the university level for UCF’s most accomplished faculty. The goal of the program is to build exceptional leadership by supporting individual faculty development, while simultaneously enhancing UCF culture and capacities. As part of the program, Fellows will become familiar with and increase their understanding of university-wide academic initiatives, strategic planning, budget issues, and challenges in higher education. Up to two Fellows will be selected.
Fulfilling higher education’s 21st century mission depends upon a visionary, bold, and diverse global community of institutional leaders. ACE Leadership serves individuals and institutions that are eager to seize opportunity and embrace the challenge of serving and leading complex institutions. Through a distinctive suite of programs and services, ACE Leadership shares knowledge and insights with participants from all sectors, empowering higher education leaders, institutions, and stakeholders to anticipate critical leadership issues and imperatives.
The Academy for Innovation in Higher Education Leadership provides training for faculty who aspire to senior leadership positions in higher education and those who want to lead organizational change at colleges and universities in the future. Academic Affairs will support the tuition for one UCF faculty per year to attend the intensive program. The nomination process will begin in summer. Previous UCF faculty who have completed the institute include: Pradeep Bhardwaj, Tracy Clark, Ryan Goodwin, Lisa Jones, and Cynthia Young.