Faculty Excellence Advisory Committee

The Faculty Excellence Advisory Committee will provide input, recommendations, and feedback on various Faculty Excellence initiatives with the purpose of strengthening UCF faculty and assisting Faculty Excellence in fulfilling its quest.

Sub-Committees

Because of the diversity of initiatives in which Faculty Excellence is involved, faculty interested in serving on the Advisory Committee will identify the sub-committee(s) for which they are most interested in contributing. Please note that all faculty ranks and types are eligible to apply for service on any of the sub-committees (i.e., early and late career faculty can apply for service to the mid-career sub-committee).

  • Inclusivity
    • Examples of initiatives Advisory Committee members in this sub-committee may be asked to contribute include diversity and inclusion programming
  • Mid-career faculty
    • Examples of initiatives Advisory Committee members in this track may be asked to contribute include mid-career programming and support mechanisms for mid-career
  • Work-life balance
    • Examples of initiatives Advisory Committee members in this track may be asked to contribute include programming and advocacy that supports women faculty and all faculty who need to balance their personal and professional lives
  • General Faculty Excellence operational areas which are outside the realm of the subcommittees already listed
    • Examples of initiatives Advisory Committee members were asked to contribute last year included assisting with creating a by-law template and providing input on a survey for the electronic faculty activity reporting system. This committee may also assist with early-career faculty initiatives.

Term Limit and Expectations

Committee members serve a one-year term and are expected to attend two to four Advisory Committee meetings per subcommittee each academic year (e.g., faculty members who serve on both the mid-career and work-life balance subcommittee will attend four to eight Advisory Committee meetings). Committee members may also be called on at other times throughout the year to offer input related to various initiatives.

Faculty interested in serving on the inclusivity, mid-career, and general Faculty Excellence sub-committees are encourage to attend programming offered through Faculty Excellence.

Faculty interested in serving on the work-life balance sub-committee will also be expected to participate in programming offered through the Faculty Excellence Center for Success of Women Faculty and assist in judging Faculty Excellence Center for Success of Women Faculty awards and other applications.

There will be an end-of-year meeting to share between the sub-committees.

Application

Full‐time faculty members of all ranks and types (e.g., tenured, tenure-earning, and non-tenure earning including instructors and lecturers, librarians, instructional designers, research, and clinical) are invited to apply.

Please submit the following to Faculty Excellence (facultyexcellence@ucf.edu) on or before September 19. 

  1. Sub-committee(s) for which you are interested in serving. Faculty members interested in serving on more than one sub-committee must rank order the sub-committees of interest from highest preference
  2. Statement indicating your qualifications and interest in serving on the Advisory Committee (maximum 250 words)
  3. Current vita

Following receipt of the application, Faculty Excellence will send an email to each applicant’s Unit Head with a request to respond and provide assurance similar to the following (with identifying information added).

Subject Line: Faculty Excellence Advisory Committee Assurance for Applicant Name

Applicant Name has expressed interest in serving on the Faculty Excellence Advisory Committee. Committee members serve a one-year term and will be expected to attend two to three board meetings each academic year. Committee members may also be called on at other times throughout the year to offer input on various Faculty Excellence initiatives.

We have contacted you to confirm that you have no reservations about their service (e.g., time), please let us know by replying to this email. Thank you.

Selection Process

Applications for the Advisory Committee are reviewed and selected by Faculty Excellence. A maximum of 8-10 per sub-committee will be selected. To the extent possible, first preferences for sub-committees will be accommodated in cases for faculty who express interest in multiple sub-committees. Advisory Committee members selected will be notified no later than September 22.

Composition of the Advisory Committee

In addition to soliciting faculty from all ranks and types (tenured, tenure earning, and non-tenure earning, including librarians, instructional designers, research, and clinical faculty) to serve on the Advisory Committee, the Committee also includes representatives from key faculty-serving units such as the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, Office of Research and Commercialization, International Affairs and Global Strategies, and Center for Distributed Learning.


2016-17 Faculty Excellence Advisory Council Members:

  • Melody Bowdon, Executive Director, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, Associate Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies, and Professor, Writing and Rhetoric, College of Arts & Humanities
  • Scott Branting, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, College of Sciences
  • Thomas Cavanagh, Center for Distributed Learning
  • Thomas Cox, Associate Professor, Child, Family, and Community Sciences, College of Education and Human Performance
  • Kristina Demek, Assistant Professor, Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting, College of Business Administration
  • Dave Edyburn, Professor/Associate Dean, Dean’s Office, College of Education and Human Performance
  • Florencio Hernandez, Professor, Chemistry, College of Sciences
  • Chiara Mazzucchelli, Associate Professor, Modern Languages & Literatures, College of Arts and Humanities
  • Jennifer Morin, Instructor, Integrated Business, College of Business Administration
  • Lindsay Neuberger, Assistant Professor, Nicholson School of Communication, College of Sciences
  • Debra Reinhart, Pegasus Professor, Office of Research and Commercialization
  • Fernando Rivera, Associate Professor, International Affairs and Global Strategies, College of Sciences
  • Carey Rothschild, Associate Lecturer, Health Professions, College of Health and Public Affairs
  • Kelvin Thompson, Center for Distributed Learning
  • Nataly Viano, International Affairs and Global Strategies
  • Linda Walters, Director, Center for Success of Women Faculty and Pegasus Professor, Biology, College of Sciences
  • Staci Zavattaro, Associate Professor, Public Administration, College of Health and Public Affairs