Faculty COACHE Innovation Awards

Purpose

When UCF faculty completed the COACHE survey during Spring 2015 one area of opportunity identified specifically related to “Nature of Work: Teaching, Research, Service” was availability of time to focus on these activities. Faculty COACHE Innovation Awards were identified by the COACHE Strategy Subcommittee as a tool for providing time for faculty to engage in their work – whether it be research, teaching or service, or a combination of those.

Faculty COACHE Innovation Awards support innovation exploration and development by providing faculty with one course release to allow focused time to work on the project. This innovative project is intentionally broad and may be related to research, curricular, engagement, partnerships, or other areas. The awards, however, are not research seed grant funds. Rather, they are specifically designed to be awards of time, providing faculty specifically with time away from teaching to have dedicated time to work on their innovative idea.

2017-18 Winners

Full description of winners’ innovative projects

 Name  Rank  Department  College
 Laurie Pinkert  Assistant Professor  Writing and Rhetoric  College of Arts and Humanities
 Megan Nickels and    Sarah Bush  Assistant Professor  School of Teaching, Learning,    and Leadership  College of Education and Human Performance
 Stephen Kuebler and    Jonathan Beever  Assistant Professor and    Associate Professor  Chemistry and Philosophy  College of Sciences and College of Arts and    Humanities
 John Blake Scott  Professor  Writing and Rhetoric  College of Arts and Humanities
 John Starbuck  Assistant Professor  Anthropology  College of Sciences
 Richard Hartshorne    and Atsusi Hirumi  Associate Professor and    Professor  Education and Human Sciences  College of Education and Human Performance
 Tameca Harris-  Jackson  Lecturer  Social Work  College of Health and Public Affairs

2018-19 Awardees

 Name  Rank  Department  College
 Laurie Pinkert  Assistant Professor  Writing and Rhetoric  College of Arts and Humanities
 Stephen Kuebler and Jonathan Beever  Assistant Professor and Associate Professor  Chemistry and Philosophy  College of Sciences and College of Arts and Humanities
 John Starbuck  Assistant Professor  Anthropology  College of Sciences

Award Progression

The concept of “Scale x Excellence = Impact” has been applied to these awards. UCF has allocated $35,000 per year, for three years, for the Faculty COACHE Innovation Awards.

  • Year 1. In 2017-18 seven awards were distributed.
  • Year 2. Faculty who receive awards in 2017-18 were provided the opportunity to apply for additional funding in 2018-19 to scale up the project or to continue to make improvements to the project. Three awards (up to $10,000-$12,000 each) were granted in 2018-19.
  • Year 3. Faculty who receive awards in 2018-19 will be provided the opportunity to apply for additional funding in 2019-20 to continue to scale up the project or to continue to make improvements to the project. It is anticipated that up to two awards (up to $15,000-$17,000 each) will be granted in 2019-20.

Expectations of Award Recipients

Faculty members receiving an award submit, during the first full-term semester immediately following the award, a two- to three-page summary of outcomes resulting from the project, including how this award has served as a stimulus to broader outcomes/impact and future innovation for the award recipient.

Questions

Questions can be directed to Faculty Excellence at facultyexcellence@ucf.edu or 407-823-1113.