Women of Distinction Award

Faculty Excellence and the Center for Success of Women Faculty is pleased to announce the ninth year of the Women of Distinction awards, highlighting the achievements of outstanding women faculty at UCF.  Three awards will be given this year for “Creative Entrepreneurship” broadly defined. Accomplishments must be associated with UCF and should be related to teaching, research, campus service, community service, outreach efforts, and/or other forms of advocacy connected to the faculty member’s assignment and/or expertise.

We believe faculty are all creative entrepreneurs who use creativity to generate new ideas, collaborate with multiple stakeholders and turn their ideas into reality.

Creative entrepreneurship is defined as a person who makes an impact through an initiative with a spirit of creativity. Our faculty use their talents and qualifications to better our students and community. We are especially interested in faculty who have created a new program or initiatives and have done so creatively, or with a creative emphasis.

To celebrate at all stages of our careers, a colleague with up to 5 years of service as a faculty member, a colleague with 6 – 10 years of service as a faculty member, and a colleague with more than 10 years of service as a faculty member will be recognized.


Full-time UCF women faculty of all ranks and types (including all ranks of tenured and tenure-earning faculty and all ranks of non-tenure earning faculty including instructor, lecturers, instructional designers, librarians, research, and clinical) are eligible to apply. If groups apply, the team will be judged in the category reflecting years of service of the primary applicant. Self-nominations are encouraged.

Application Process and Deadline

Applicants must submit the following by August 19 in order to be considered:

Presentation of Awards

Winners will be announced at the President’s Welcome Reception for Women Faculty on September 10. The winners will each receive a professional development stipend to be used for professional travel, research development and academic materials in the amount $1,000 (provided by the President to the winner’s department that must be spent prior to mid-June 2020), and recognition on the Faculty Excellence website. If a group entry wins, the group will determine how to share the award.

Faculty Excellence will review submitted applications.


Questions can be directed to Faculty Excellence at facultyexcellence@ucf.edu or 407-823-1113.