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  1. Program Overview

    The UCF Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) rewards teaching productivity and excellence.  The TIP award recognizes in-unit employee contributions to UCF’s key goals of offering the best undergraduate education available in Florida and achieving international prominence in key programs of graduate study.

    Regardless of the contract length (9 or 12 months), award recipients shall receive a one-time award of $5,000 as soon as practicable and a $5,000 increase to their salary effective at the beginning of the succeeding academic year.

    For 2019-2020, there are up to 55 awards available to eligible in-unit employees.  Academic Affairs provides the funding for these awards. TIP awards shall be allocated to the college in proportion to the total number of in-unit employees (rounded to the nearest integer), with a minimum of one award per college.

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  2. General Eligibility

    To be eligible for this award, an employee must meet the following criteria:

    1. Must be classified as in-unit.
    2. Must hold a full-time (1.0 FTE) 9- or 12-month appointment.
    3. Must have four years of continuous, non-OPS service immediately prior to the current year. Authorized leaves are not considered a break in service (e.g., sabbaticals, professional development leave, parental leave). Visiting and other temporary appointments are not eligible for incentive awards.
    4. No employee may be awarded a TIP more than once every five years. Employees who received a TIP award during the 2014-15 academic year or earlier are eligible for consideration.
    5. Tenured and tenure-earning center and institute employees must apply for the award in the college where their tenure resides.
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  3. Productivity Criteria

    An in-unit employee who meets the eligibility criteria above shall be considered a candidate for the award if they meet or exceed median student credit hour (SCH) production at one of the following levels:

    1. Undergraduate and graduate SCHs combinedat the department level; or
    2. Undergraduate and graduate SCHs combinedat the college level; or
    3. Graduate SCHs at the department level; or
    4. Graduate SCHs at the college level.

    SCH excludes student credit hours for individualized instruction such as independent studies, practicums, internships, supervised research, dissertations, and theses. SCH also excludes student credit hours for overload assignments.

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  4. Application and Supporting Documentation

    Applications are submitted through the UCF Awards System with the following supporting documentation:

    • Teaching and Learning Philosophy Statement (Text Box – 500 words or fewer)
      • Describe your teaching and learning philosophy.
    • Summary of Instructional Activities (Text Box – 300 words or fewer)
      • Provide a summary of your instructional activities.
    • Impact of Instruction, Including Evidence of Student Learning (Text Box – 300 words or fewer)
      • Provide a statement supporting the impact of your instruction. Include evidence of student learning.

    Supporting Materials: Items 1-6 must be uploaded as pdf[1][2] files:

    1. Current Curriculum Vitae (Required)
    2. Annual Assignments (Required)

    Upload a single pdf that includes a one-page summary table that lists annual assignments by year for all categories for which you had assigned duties, e.g., teaching, research, service, and then the last four years of your annual assignments, in descending order, e.g., 2018-19, 2017-2018, 2016-17, and 2015-16.

    1. Annual Evaluations (Required)

    Upload a single pdf that includes a table that provides, by year, each category evaluation assessment, e.g., outstanding, above satisfactory, etc., and then the last four years of your annual evaluations, in descending order e.g., 2018-19, 2017-18, 2016-17, and 2015-16.

    1. Course Assignments (Required)

    Upload a single pdf that contains a listing of all courses taught in the last four years, in descending order e.g., 2018-19, 2017-18, 2016-17, and 2015-16. This information may be obtained from the Pegasus Mine Portal. Directions for accessing the portal may be found on the Faculty Excellence website at https://facultyexcellence.ucf.edu/recognition/teaching-incentive-program/.

    1. Student Evaluations (Required)

    Upload a single pdf of Student Perception of Instruction (SPI) summaries for each course evaluated in the last four years, in descending order (e.g., 2018-19, 2017-18, 2016-17, and 2015-16).  The applicant may, but is not required to, include the SPI comments; however, if comments are used, all comments must be included rather than selected excerpts. To assist the reviewers, the applicant may wish (but is not required) to consider including a one- to two-page summary of all student evaluation results (e.g., by year, by modality, comparison to department, college, UCF).

    1. Examples of Teaching Products (Optional – Maximum of Three)

    Applicants may attach materials to support their application. Should supporting materials be included in the application, include (as appropriate) a table of contents, section cover pages and other organizational features to clearly delineate the materials and assist the reviewer in understanding its value in relation to the application.  A maximum of three pdf uploads are permitted. Examples include course syllabi, teaching tools, documentation of teaching awards and recognition, and documentation of grants related to teaching.  Examples must be from the last four (4) years and selected to provide evidence of quality rather than quantity.

    [1] Maximum file size is 40 mb.

    [2] Each file name should not be larger than 40 characters. Spaces, numbers, and special characters are included in this limit.

    1. Current Curriculum Vitae (Required)
    2. Annual Assignments (Required)

    Upload a single pdf that includes a one-page summary table that lists annual assignments by year for all categories for which you had assigned duties, e.g., teaching, research, service, and then the last four years of your annual assignments, in descending order, e.g., 2018-19, 2017-2018, 2016-17, and 2015-16.

    1. Annual Evaluations (Required)

    Upload a single pdf that includes a table that provides, by year, each category evaluation assessment, e.g., outstanding, above satisfactory, etc., and then the last four years of your annual evaluations, in descending order e.g., 2018-19, 2017-18, 2016-17, and 2015-16.

    1. Course Assignments (Required)

    Upload a single pdf that contains a listing of all courses taught in the last four years, in descending order e.g., 2018-19, 2017-18, 2016-17, and 2015-16. This information may be obtained from the Pegasus Mine Portal. Directions for accessing the portal may be found on the Faculty Excellence website at https://facultyexcellence.ucf.edu/recognition/teaching-incentive-program/.

    1. Student Evaluations (Required)

    Upload a single pdf of Student Perception of Instruction (SPI) summaries for each course evaluated in the last four years, in descending order (e.g., 2018-19, 2017-18, 2016-17, and 2015-16).  The applicant may, but is not required to, include the SPI comments; however, if comments are used, all comments must be included rather than selected excerpts. To assist the reviewers, the applicant may wish (but is not required) to consider including a one- to two-page summary of all student evaluation results (e.g., by year, by modality, comparison to department, college, UCF).

    1. Examples of Teaching Products (Optional – Maximum of Three)

    Applicants may attach materials to support their application. Should supporting materials be included in the application, include (as appropriate) a table of contents, section cover pages and other organizational features to clearly delineate the materials and assist the reviewer in understanding its value in relation to the application.  A maximum of three pdf uploads are permitted. Examples include course syllabi, teaching tools, documentation of teaching awards and recognition, and documentation of grants related to teaching.  Examples must be from the last four (4) years and selected to provide evidence of quality rather than quantity.

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  5. Selection of Award Recipients

    College or unit committees for the TIP award programs shall be elected by and from the unit employees. The committees shall equitably represent the departments or units within them. Employees who plan to apply in the current cycle for an award shall not be eligible to serve on the committee. A committee chairperson for each incentive award program shall be elected by and from the college/unit committee. The chairperson shall charge the committee that members shall only consider the merits of the application. No additional outside information or discussion of position, e.g., instructor vs. tenure track employee, past awards, current salary, etc., may be considered, nor may additional criteria be used. The committee shall review the award applications and shall submit a ranked list of recommended employees to the dean or dean’s representative. In ranking the applicants, committee members shall only consider the merits of the application.

    Ranking Applications: Each committee member shall review all applications and transmit a preliminary ranking to the committee chair. Committee members may rank as many applicants as they deem merit the award, with the highest rank given to the top candidate (i.e., the highest rank equals the number of applicants, N), the next highest rank being N-1, and so on. Applications that are not deemed acceptable for an award by a committee member shall be left unranked in that committee member’s rankings.

    In larger colleges or units, subcommittees may be formed from the committee at-large in the interest of efficient evaluation of the incentive award applications. Each subcommittee must include at least three members, and every member of the committee at-large must serve on a

    subcommittee. The applications to be reviewed shall be equitably partitioned among the subcommittees. The subcommittees shall follow the ranking procedure outlined above to determine which applications they recommend to the committee at large. Then the committee at-large shall be convened to review the applications recommended by the subcommittees.

    The committee chair shall convene the committee (at large) and review their initial rankings. Discussion shall be limited to information contained in the application and may focus on applicants with few or dispersed rankings.

    Following this discussion, the committee shall use a secret ballot to rank candidates using the procedure outlined in ranking applications above.

    A majority of voting committee members present must rank an applicant for that employee to be eligible for an incentive award. The applicant with the highest mean rank (i.e., the sum of the applicant’s rankings divided by the number of committee members present) shall have the highest priority for an incentive award, the applicant with the next highest mean rank the next highest priority, and so on, until all applicants who received rankings by a majority of committee members present are ranked in order.

    In the case of T tied rank, with T being the highest possible rank, shall be used to break the ties. The ranking process outlined above shall be used as many times in succession as necessary until all such ties are resolved and a final ranked list is complete.

    The committee chair shall transmit this ranked list to the dean or dean’s representative, or unit head who reviews and approves the awards. If the selection committee awards fewer

    than the number of awards available or if the dean or unit head does not approve an award from the list submitted by the selection committee, then the award(s) shall be retained in the same college or unit for one additional cycle before it is returned to the overall pool for apportionment.

    For purposes of TIP selection as stated above, “college” shall also include the group of employees whose primary assignment is in the College of Undergraduate Studies, the

    College of Graduate Studies, an institute or center. These employees shall be grouped together for purposes of calculating the number of awards available for each award category. The college committee shall consist of a member from each of the units represented.

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  6. Notification of Award Winners

    The provost or his or her designee shall give the final approval for awards and shall notify successful faculty. After approval by the provost or designee, each college/unit shall notify all nominees of the results.

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