Non-Tenure Earning Communities

Faculty Excellence Non-Tenure Earning (NTE) Communities provide professional development for faculty members who have been in a non-tenure earning position at UCF for at least 3 years. Faculty Excellence NTE Communities are self-directed faculty groups who learn together, build community within UCF, explore topics of interest for professional enrichment and career development, and enhance their skills and understanding of areas beyond their teaching roles.


  • To cultivate peer support and connection between NTE faculty across departments, colleges, and campuses
  • To facilitate NTE faculty awareness of university processes
  • To increase NTE faculty’s engagement and connection to the whole university

Application Process and Deadline

Applications are now closed. Please check with Faculty Excellence for other available faculty development programs and sessions throughout the year.


NTE Communities utilize a community model along with programming offered by Faculty Excellence and other UCF faculty serving entities. Faculty will apply to participate in one of following three NTE community tracks:

  1. NTE Research: This track will allow NTE faculty to learn more about campus resources and support for research and how NTE faculty can develop independent research projects and/or collaborate with other UCF faculty members and/or faculty at other institutions.
  1. NTE Community Outreach and Service: This track will focus on developing community based partnership opportunities outside of UCF that may lead to collaborative research, service or training with community organizations in the Central Florida area.
  1. NTE Leadership Development: This track will assist NTE faculty in building leadership skills, provide the opportunity to interact with senior UCF leaders, and provide resources to help NTE faculty participate in leadership roles in their departments, throughout the university, in professional organizations, and in the community.

Each community consists of 5-8 members. Faculty will have the opportunity for cross disciplinary interaction (to the extent possible) in monthly meetings throughout the academic year. Meetings will be organized by each community and also include attendance at Faculty Excellence or university programming.

Faculty members who participate in NTE Communities will be expected to attend the following:

  • Orientation meeting (early fall)
  • Monthly (September through April) community meetings for each NTE Community
  • One or more additional UCF workshops per semester (suggested programming options will be provided to each track)
  • Celebratory meeting (late spring)

Community Expectations

Each NTE Community is expected to organize goals, topics and projects that will help meet their community’s focus. Communities will maintain ongoing communication with Faculty Excellence including providing attendance logs.

Participant Expectations

Participants are expected to attend at least 80% of their community meetings as well as to attend at least one other faculty development event per semester that will benefit both the faculty member and their NTE community. At the end of the academic year, NTE communities will present topics explored during the year and share preliminary ideas/plans for how participants have applied and/or will utilize what they learned (e.g., a professional development plan developed as a result of participating in the NTE community). At the final meeting of all communities, each participant will receive a Certificate of Completion for use in annual evaluation and promotion materials.

Additional Development Opportunities

Our campus is rich in workshops, training, book clubs, conferences, discussions and numerous other events. It is important that you regularly check the websites and calendars of some of the major faculty resources available to you. Some of these opportunities may be of benefit to you as an individual faculty member and/or to the work of your community. These include:

Program Evaluation

Program evaluation is an integral part of the NTE Communities. Participants will be asked to provide information on the program experience. For formative purposes, results will be helpful in making changes over the course of the year and for summative purposes, the data will help to make program revisions for future years. Results obtained will not be used to evaluate any faculty member, and they will only be aggregated across the university (not by individual programs, departments, colleges, or schools). The aggregate results will be shared with appropriate offices on campus (e.g., Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning or Office of Research and Commercialization) allowing them to consider offering additional resources or professional development opportunities.


Questions can be directed to Faculty Excellence at or 407-823-1113