Table of Contents
The UCF In-Unit Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) rewards teaching productivity and teaching 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.Back to Top
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.Back to Top
Initial Eligibility Requirements:
- In-unit employee on 9- or 12-month appointment.
- 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.
- May only receive the award once every five years.
- Tenured and tenure-earning center and institute employees must apply for the award through the college where their tenure resides.
Here are instructions to access the Pegasus Mine Portal.Back to Top
An in-unit employee who meets the initial eligibility criteria above shall be considered a candidate for the award if they meet or exceed median student credit hour (SCH) production in one of the four following categories:
- Undergraduate and graduate SCHs combined at the department level; or
- Undergraduate and graduate SCHs combined at the college level; or
- Graduate SCHs at the department level; or
- Graduate SCHs at the college level.
SCH excludes individualized instruction such as independent studies, practicums, internships, supervised research, dissertations, and theses. SCH also excludes student credit hours for overload assignments.
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:
- Current Curriculum Vitae (Required)
- 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 academic years of your annual assignments, in descending order.
- 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 academic years of your annual evaluations, in descending order.
- Course Assignments (Required)
- Upload a single PDF that contains a listing of all courses taught in the last four academic years. This information may be obtained from the Pegasus Mine Portal. Here are instructions to access the Pegasus Mine Portal.
- Student Evaluations (Required)
- Upload a single PDF of Student Perception of Instruction (SPI) summaries for each course evaluated in the last four academic 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).
- 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) academic years and selected to provide evidence of quality rather than quantity.
- 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.
Evaluation and Award Process
Award winners are selected by committee. Please see the Collective Bargaining Agreement for committee instruction TIP: Article 23 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.Back to Top
Applicant Navigation Manual
Do you need help navigating the electronic awards system?
Check out the Applicant Navigation Manual here.
Committee Navigation Manual
Committee members have a different view than applicants. If you need help navigating the electronic award system in this role, please view the navigation manual here.
How to Clear Cache and Cookies ManualBack to Top