Faculty Excellence is proud to coordinate a growing number of award programs that recognize and inspire faculty in advancing the university’s mission. In the last COACHE survey about workplace experience, you told us that the university should find additional ways to recognize and appreciate faculty. To this end, the university has added a number of additional award programs to our existing incentive and excellence awards.


Travel Award for Recognition of Faculty Excellence (TARFE)

The award supports travel for faculty who are being recognized for a distinguished achievement or having a significant honor bestowed upon them in addition to supporting travel for faculty presenting their research or creative work. The goal of TARFE is to support activities that allow faculty to achieve international prominence in graduate study and research while increasing the national and international recognition of UCF.

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Incentive Awards

Faculty Excellence supports faculty, deans, directors, chairs, and administrators in the implementation of institutional policies and professional development activities related to teaching, research, and service to the university.

Teaching Incentive Program (TIP)

Research Incentive Awards (RIA)

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

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Excellence Awards

Faculty members are awarded for outstanding teaching, advising, research, professional service, and librarianship. Awardees are recognized at the Founders’ Day Celebration.

• Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

• Excellence in Graduate Teaching

• Excellence in Research

• Excellence in Faculty Academic Advising

• Excellence in Professional Academic Advising

• Excellence in Professional Service

• Excellence in Librarianship

• Excellence in Instructional Design

• Excellence in English Language Institute Instruction

Non-Unit Awards

• College of Medicine – Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

• College of Medicine – Excellence in Research

• College of Medicine – Excellence in Graduate Teaching

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Women Faculty Recognition

The Faculty Excellence Center for Success of Women Faculty offers a number of awards available to women faculty excelling in teaching and research, highlighting their achievements and contributions to UCF.

CSWF Women of Distinction Award

LIFE@UCF Women Faculty Excellence Awards

Women’s History Month Recognition 2020

Pegasus Professors and Reach for the Stars Award

Pegasus Professor Award & Reach for the Stars Award

The UCF Pegasus Professor Award honors and rewards highly successful teaching, research and creative activity, and service accomplished by senior members of the university faculty.

Pegasus Professor Award

The UCF Reach for the Stars Award honors and rewards highly successful research and creative activity accomplished by early-career university professionals.

Reach for the Stars Award

Trustee Chair Award

Trustee Chair Award

Trustee Chair awards were established to both retain outstanding UCF faculty and attract exceptional faculty to UCF.

Trustee Chair appointments are for five years and have an annual stipend of $50,000. Up to $25,000 of the stipend can be used as a salary supplement. Each appointment has the potential of renewal with sustained preeminence.

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