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Faculty Excellence is excited for the 2019 Leadership Series. The team has listened to what faculty want and has planned six workshops designed to enhance your leadership skills. Check back for scheduling updates.

Fall 2019

From Tallahassee to UCF
There’s a lot of talking about what happens in the Capitol and how decisions are made at the university. So what is the process? Join us at this session to hear from speakers who will break down the governance process on all levels: state, university and local.


  • Janet D. Owen, Vice President, Government Relations
  • William Self, Chair, Faculty Senate and Associate Director of Undergraduate Affairs & Associate Professor, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Terri Fine, Professor, School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs, Associate Director, Lou Frey Institute

To Tweet, or not to Tweet?
Social media is becoming part of the leadership landscape. Academic leaders can leverage social media to benefit their careers, or potentially create unwanted attention. A panel of faculty and staff will guide you through the best practices of what you should share, and what you should keep for your inner circle.


  • Allison Hurtado, Director of Communications, Faculty Excellence
  • Kate Mansfield, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Carly McCarthy, Social Media Manager, UCF Marketing

Role of Fundraising
As academic leaders move up the ranks, they find themselves working with a team of development officers. This workshop will teach you the basics of what our development officers do, provide prospective from a dean and uncover the opportunities faculty have to fund research and develop programs that benefit our campus and community.


  • Jeff Coates,Associate Vice President for Advancement-Colleges and Units, UCF Foundation
  • Kara Robertson,Director for Advancement, College of Arts and Humanities
  • Alvin WangProfessor, Former Dean, Burnett Honors College

Spring 2020

Conflict Resolution
Conflict is a part of leadership – it’s something you can’t run away from. This panel of experts will lead you through real scenarios and equip you with the right processes and tools to be successful in navigating some of leadership’s unwanted, but necessary moments.


  • Jennifer Sandoval, Associate Professor of Communication in the Nicholson School of Communication and Media and Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence
  • Shreya Trivedi, Ombuds Officer
  • Chuck Reilly, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Leading Through the Unexpected
Plans change, processes are re-written and the unexpected can and does happen. What does a leader do? We can’t guarantee answers for everything, but we have leaders who have been through a lot and will share their experiences with you.


  • Pamela “Sissi” Carroll, Dean, College of Community Innovation and Education
  • Michael Johnson, Interim Provost
  • Jeff Moore, Dean, College of Arts & Humanities