Targeted Opportunity Program (TOP)

2018‐19 Hiring Cycle
(Faculty starting in fall 2019)


The Targeted Opportunity Program (TOP) supports three priorities at UCF:

  1. inclusive excellence in our tenure track/tenured (TT/T) faculty,
  2. becoming the desired university of choice for academic partners (meaning spouse, significant other, or domestic partner), and
  3. being flexible and nimble in order to recruit world class faculty.


The Targeted Opportunity Program is used for three types of initiatives. In all three types, we know the candidate’s name and it is targeted, therefore it does not represent a traditional faculty search. Additionally, if the faculty are in any current/open searches at UCF (i.e., they are in the applicant pool for an existing search), they cannot be considered for any TOP position.

  • This Targeted Opportunity Program description and funding replaces the former Targeted Opportunity Funding Program (TOFP) and its funding.
  • The process outlined here should be used regardless of funding source (Academic Affairs (AA), college, department, school, center, or institute).
  • The Targeted Opportunity Program will be managed by Faculty Excellence.
  • If the selected candidate for any TOP AA supported hire leaves UCF, then the line and funding return to AA for redistribution.
  • Because funding is limited, it is important that departments not confirm an offer of these positions until a written notification indicating final approval for hire is received from Faculty Excellence.

Position Lines Available

For 2018-19 (i.e., candidates will begin employment in 2019-2020), the following lines have been allocated:

  • inclusive excellence
  • partner allocated opportunities
    • both tenured/tenure track
    • non-tenure earning will be considered on a case-by-case basis (specifically all ranks of instructors and lecturers as well as multi-year non-tenure earning assistant/associate/professors)

Application of the TOP Process Outside Academic Affairs Funding

Colleges can choose to use the TOP process to hire a partner or a candidate for inclusive excellence even if they do not receive funding from Academic Affairs. For example, a college may have a candidate for inclusive excellence and have internal funds for which to support it, but a position line appropriate for their candidate is not open in their college. The college can request the candidate to submit an application through the inclusive excellence position and fund the candidate internally. The TOP process for the partner program can be applied similarly.

Information on the TOP programs can be accessed below:

UCF is focused on reaching six National Academy Members (specifically National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Medicine). As such, all funds for preeminent scholars are directed toward this effort.

Please contact Dr. Jana Jasinski directly to work together on recruiting National Academy Members.


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