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New Beginnings

In true UCF fashion we had made a BIG splash last week with two huge milestones. We welcomed President Dale Whittaker into office and celebrated the official launch of our new colleges and school. These changes are invigorating and set UCF on an exciting trajectory that will help us usher in our next era. 

A new academic year will also be starting in a few weeks, so be sure to take a look at all of the opportunities, programs and important deadlines that are listed below. Know that we're here to support you in all of your career goals and based on these recent changes I think that 2018-19 could be our best year yet!

Charge On,

Fernando Rivera, Interim Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Excellence

Fernando, an Associate Professor of Sociology, is joining the FE team as our Interim Assistant Vice Provost. Fernando will be leading a number of initiatives for us, including (but not limited to) the Academic Leadership Academy, Chairs and Directors Excellence Program and the Associate Professor Mentoring Community.

A fun fact about Fernando: He is on a quest to visit every Major League Baseball stadium, and so far has visited 24 out of 30!

We think we hit a home run by adding him to the team!
Vicki Lavendol, Faculty Excellence NTE Faculty Fellow

Vicki, an Associate Instructor with the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, will be joining us as our Faculty Fellow, leading initiatives for our non-tenure earning faculty. She is a lifelong learner who takes advantage of every learning opportunity available. She's looking forward to meeting and connecting with faculty in her new role and we're excited to add her expertise to the team!

A couple of fun facts about Vicki: She is a Yoga instructor, and routinely does marathons and half-marathons as a personal fitness goal.

If you see her, be sure to welcome her to FE and say "Namaste"!
 
Dan Murphree, Faculty Excellence Faculty Fellow

Dan, an Associate Professor of History, is joining the team as our new Faculty Fellow. Dan is a passionate faculty advocate who believes that UCF prospers most when its researchers and teachers are equipped with the resources necessary for producing outstanding scholarship and well-educated students. 

A couple of fun facts about Dan: He is an avid English football fan, and early in June officiated his first wedding ceremony.

We're glad he said "I Do" to us and are thrilled to add his experience to the team!
 
Meet the New Chief

Carl Metzger, a law enforcement executive with more than 29 years’ experience, including the past four as a deputy chief at UCF, has been selected as the next chief of the UCF Police Department.

Metzger moved into the role June 29. He also will serve as an associate vice president, overseeing UCF’s Department of Security and Emergency Management. Read more about our new chief.
 
Hurricane Season Has Arrived

The Atlantic Hurricane Season is here and will last until Nov. 30. Now is the time to come up with a plan in the event of a storm and to stock up on supplies for yourself and your family. Hurricane kits are simple to build and should include water, food, a weather radio, a flashlight, a first aid kit, batteries, a cell phone charger, and any necessary prescription medications and personal items. Having these supplies packaged and accessible will save you from scrambling to prepare in the event of an imminent storm. More information also is available in UCF’s Hurricane Guide. This YouTube video is also a good resource to share with your students who may be experiencing Hurricane Season away from home for the first time.
Lynda Renewal

UCF has signed another 1-year agreement with Lynda.com

Lynda is an online resource that offers modules in everything from graphic design and becoming an excel whiz to having difficult conversations with team members and how to better manage people. Access is free for UCF faculty, staff and students! 
Women of Distinction Award

We are excited to announce the seventh year of the Women of Distinction awards, highlighting the achievements of outstanding women faculty at UCF!

Three awards will be given this year for “Excellence in Turning your Big Ideas into Big Successes at UCF.” The winners will each receive a professional development stipend in the amount of $1,000 to be used for professional travel, research development and academic materials.

Have you turned a Big Idea into a Big Success? Or know someone who has? Apply today!

Technology has advanced the way we interact, learn and even socialize. But it has also increased unintended dangers, especially for teens and children. More than half of children 10 to 17 years old have received at least one online sexual solicitation in the past year, according to researchers.

Pamela Wisniewski is hoping to change that. The assistant professor of computer science studies how adolescents interact with technology and how this interaction amplifies certain risks. She recently received the William T. Grant Scholars Program Award to look at ways to provide young people the tools they need to prevent them from becoming victims of sexual predators.
 
Read more about her research and recent award.

There's Still Time to Apply

While some of our application deadlines have passed, we're still accepting applications for these two communities:
 

Associate Professor Mentoring Community: Deadline 8/15

If you are an associate professor who is interested in mapping your career goals (both short and long term) and would like to do so with a supportive group of peers in a structured environment, this is the program for you. The Associate Professor Mentoring Communities will combine monthly whole-community, workshop-oriented meetings with smaller peer mentoring groups, each guided by specific topics and tasks. Open to new and experienced tenured associate professors, it brings together faculty from across UCF to build diverse mentoring and support networks.
Learn more and apply today
 

Women's Leadership Community: Deadline 8/15

Navigating the waters of academic leadership as a woman can provide unique challenges. Our Women's Leadership Community tackles these topics head on. If you are a full-time woman faculty at rank of associate or above in your career path and you're interested in academic leadership, learn more and apply today.
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