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Award Info

Applications Open
February 1, 2021
Applications Close
February 15, 2021
Notification Date
April 21, 2021
Award Contact
facultyexcellence@ucf.edu
  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.

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  2. Funding

    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.

    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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  3. 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.
    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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  4. 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 combined at the department level; or
    2. Undergraduate and graduate SCHs combined at 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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  5. Application Materials

    Applications are submitted through the UCF Awards System. Gathering the following materials prior to the submission date will ease the application process:

    • 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 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.
    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.
    1. Course Assignments (Required)
    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. 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 Uploads)
      • 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.

    Please note:

    • The maximum file size is 40 MB.
    • Each file name should not be larger than 40 characters. Spaces, numbers, and special characters are included in this limit.
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  6. Evaluation and Award Process

    Award winners are selected by committee. Please see the Collective Bargaining Agreement for committee instruction TIP: Article 23.4 (e) Annual Incentive Award Programs.

    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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  7. Manuals

    Applicant Training Manual

    Do you need help navigating the electronic awards system?

    Check out the Applicant Training Manual here.

    Committee Training Manual

    Committee members have a different view than applicants. If you need help navigating the electronic award system in this role, please view the training manual here.

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