Faculty Fellow Program

Purpose

The goal of Faculty Excellence is to help strengthen UCF’s faculty. Strategies to meet this goal include, among others, faculty development, recognition and awards, speaker series, strategies for tenure and/or promotion preparation, recruitment and retention initiatives (e.g., Targeted Opportunity Program) and e-communication efforts (e.g., monthly e-news). During 2017-2018, Faculty Excellence Faculty Fellow(s) will be focused on COACHE initiatives.

UCF faculty completed the COACHE faculty job satisfaction survey in spring 2015. Priorities and strategies to address the priorities were identified in 2015-2016, and Faculty Excellence is now facilitating the implementation of those strategies. Priorities addressed by the strategies include: nature of work (teaching, research, service), recognition and appreciation, departmental leadership, promotion, and personal and family policies.

The Faculty Excellence Faculty Fellow(s) will be assisting with COACHE strategies such as faculty development (including programming for early career and mid career faculty), departmental leadership development programming, COACHE innovation awards, recognition, and more. To continue to strengthen these initiatives, we are seeking up to two Faculty Fellows for a one-year part-time position beginning summer 2017 and running through spring 2018, with an optional additional summer 2018 appointment.

Professional Development

In their roles, Fellows will collaborate with colleagues in Faculty Excellence and in other academic and administrative offices across campus. Fellows will be expected to participate as an active member of the Faculty Excellence team (e.g., contributing to team meetings, providing ideas/suggestions on related projects, maintaining presence in the office). Fellows will report to the Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Excellence.

Faculty Excellence will provide to the college/department, per Fellow, $10,000 for the academic year and will provide up to $5,000 summer salary support, per Fellow. It is expected that Fellows with teaching assignments will be released in whole or part from their instructional duties.

Eligibility

All full-time tenured faculty who have achieved the rank of associate professor or professor and full-time non-tenured faculty who have achieved associate or higher (including instructors, lecturers, instructional designers, librarians, clinical, research) are eligible to apply. Faculty at the rank of associate must show evidence that they are making satisfactory progress toward promotion to professor (e.g., recent CPE, annual evaluations). Preference will be given to faculty who have successfully completed the Academic Leadership Academy.

Evaluation of Applications

Applicants will be evaluated based upon:

  • overall record and potential for leadership in faculty initiatives, including alignment with the COACHE focus of the respective Fellowship
  • goals for the fellowship year and beyond
  • excellent communication skills

The evaluation committee will consist of the Vice Provost for Faculty Excellence and UCF Global, the Associate Provost for Academic Program Quality and Associate Vice President, and the Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Excellence.

Application

Applications must include the following, as a single pdf document:

  • letter (no longer than two pages) describing the applicant’s interest in a Fellowship, how their background and experiences align and support the focus of the Fellowship, and their goals for the Fellowship period and beyond
  • 500-word statement of what the applicant would be interested in leading and initial thoughts/ideas for the effort(s). Innovative ideas for initiatives that will strengthen faculty are encouraged.
  • current vita
  • endorsement letter from their department chair/school director

Submission Process

The 2017 application period is now closed.

Questions

Questions about this program can be directed to Faculty Excellence (407-823-1113 or facultyexcellence@ucf.edu).