Welcome to the Faculty Excellence March newsletter (and welcome back for those who also read our February edition, which has been archived here). March is Women's History Month, so this is the perfect opportunity to introduce you to the Center for Success of Women Faculty (CSWF), whose mission is to help increase women faculty representation and to promote the success of all UCF faculty. Dr. Linda Walters, Pegasus Professor of Biology, leads this charge to strengthen our recruitment, development, and retention of strong UCF faculty, particularly women faculty. 

I encourage you to stay engaged with our team (Faculty Excellence and CSWF) and read more in this issue about the relaunch of UCF's Scroll & Quill Societypaid parental leave, the 17 UCF assistant professors who visited the National Science Foundation, and the "Life @ UCF" award winners who have excelled in the internationalization of curricula. Plus, don't miss the Women's History spotlight on the CSWF website, where every day in March a female UCF faculty or staff member is celebrated (I've learned things about many of them that I didn't know by reading their answers to a few of the fun questions!). And please fill their inboxes with a note of congratulations!
Important Dates & Deadlines
Did You Know?
Building on the foundation of UCF’s original Quill and Scroll societies, the Office of Faculty Excellence is relaunching a streamlined and contemporary UCF Scroll & Quill Society. This society focuses on recognizing faculty members who have demonstrated sustained and outstanding achievements in research and/or creative activities at UCF, and brought positive national and/or international attention to the institution through these activities. The deadline to apply is March 28.
The UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty was established to help increase
women faculty representation and to promote the success of all faculty at the university. The center primarily achieves this through active mentoring; sponsored events designed
to help faculty maximize their research, instructional, and professional capabilities; advocacy; and providing resources for faculty career-life balance.

UCF is proud to offer paid parental leave as a new family-friendly benefit for in-unit faculty. This leave option helps provide a supportive environment for women and men faculty to balance work and family commitments. Faculty members can choose between one semester of paid parental leave or modified instructional duties (MID), if that helps them better adapt to parenthood while maintaining their scholarship.

Faculty Spotlight
UCF’s Thomas Bryer, Associate Professor in the College of Health and Public Affairs and Director of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management, recently took his research half way around the globe as part of the Fulbright Scholar Program. Bryer's research, which focuses on citizen participation with government and the development of active, ethical citizens through the work of governments, nonprofit organizations, and universities, is now being used to discover and address the unique challenges of promoting active citizenship in Lithuania.
“I wanted to take my community-engaged research philosophy and apply it in a very different setting,” Bryer said. “Lithuania made sense as a place to research citizen participation, as a post-Soviet society with still-emergent democratic processes and social norms.”

His host institution is the Kaunas University of Technology in Kaunas, Lithuania.

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Faculty Trip to NSF
Last month, representatives from the Office of Research and Commercialization and the Office of Faculty Excellence led a group of 17 assistant professors from four colleges and centers to the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Virginia. The group engaged with program managers from across NSF to pitch their ideas and receive feedback on the relevance of their research to specific programs, after honing their pitches through feedback from UCF coaches and mentors. This trip offered a unique opportunity to hear about funding directly from NSF, and receive constructive comments on research plans from officers at a funding agency. There are plans to repeat this trip in the future. If you would like to practice pitching your research ideas or receive more information, please contact Debbie Reinhart at
"Life @ UCF" Awards
The Center for Success of Women Faculty awarded four women the “Life @ UCF” Women Faculty Excellence Award at a ceremony held on Feb. 19. Each year the “Life @ UCF” award theme changes to align with one of the university’s five goals. This year, the award focused on contributions to the globalization of curricula at UCF. The four 2016 winners are:
  • Dr. Joanna Mishtal, Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Dr. Gillian Eriksson, Associate Lecturer in the School of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
  • Dr. Seetha Raghavan, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Dr. Judit Szente, Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Performance

In the next issue, celebrate the many successes of our faculty
through featured awards and recognition programs.       |        407.823.1113       |