In the aftermath of the June 12th tragedy, we remember the victims and honor those across campus who displayed incredible strength during this very difficult time. From our grief counselors and social work faculty to those who helped in nearby hospitals or are working with first responders, our UCF community demonstrated what it means to come together as #OrlandoUnited.

In the days, weeks, and months ahead, I encourage us all to think about what it means to be inclusive and diverse as faculty members and leaders on this campus – in everything we do. 

In our summer issue, we highlight faculty and programs helping us all explore our world through a different lens. We celebrate what makes our campus a place that welcomes all people, and we recognize those who make a better future for our students and for society. Thank YOU for your collective contributions that strengthen UCF and Orlando!

Featured Session

Aug. 30: Faculty Cluster Initiative 2.0

 An open information session for the second round of faculty clusters
3:30 p.m., Harris Corporation Engineering Center, Rm 101
NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award
Full Proposal Deadline: July 20
Full Proposal Deadline: July 21
Full Proposal Deadline: July 22
Proposal Guidelines
Aug. 1: Application Deadline
Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
Click to Apply
Aug. 12: Diversity Award Nominations Due
The UCF Office of Diversity and Inclusion presents an award to one student, faculty/staff, and community member each year. Click the links below for instructions.
 Student | Faculty/Staff | Community Partner 
Aug. 15: Women of Distinction Application
The Center for Success of Women Faculty will present three Women of Distinction Awards to women faculty for "Excellence in Innovation."
Click to Apply
July 15: Faculty Development Programming
"The Unwritten Rules of College: Transparency and its Impact on Learning" 
by Dr. Mary-Ann Winkelmes 
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Classroom Building I, Rm 207
Click here to RSVP.
Faculty Family Fun and Fitness Days
Three fall events: Sept. 11, Oct. 9, and Nov. 13
Free yoga, tours of the UCF community garden, music, and much more. Hosted by the
Center for Success of Women Faculty
Faculty Fall 2016 Book Club
“Slow Professorby Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber. Discussions will occur on
Sept. 27 & 28, 12 - 1 p.m.
Student Union, Pensacola Board Room, 222
Hosted by the Center for Success of Women Faculty
Oct. 25: Faculty CPR Class
Please contact Fran Ragsdale to register.
Nov. 1: Women's Self Defense Class
Please contact Fran Ragsdale to register.
Nov. 14: 9th Annual International Breakfast
Hosted during International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of State and Education that celebrates our campus flourishing in a global environment
8 a.m., Student Union, Pegasus Ballroom
Global UCF

With its grand opening scheduled for Aug. 31, the new Global UCF building on Memory Mall serves as UCF's international hub for students, faculty, and staff. The building houses the English Language Institute, UCF Abroad, and Global UCF, as well as support services for international students and faculty. Explore more here.
Travel Registry
A new travel registry will provide faculty with valuable resources for international travel and ensure coverage through UCF's Travel Accident and Sickness Insurance, which acts as your primary insurance when traveling abroad. Using the registry is as easy as inputting your itinerary and answering a few simple questions. You also will be provided with destination-specific advice and online resources to help your journey go smoothly. 
Fulbright Faculty Scholars

Two UCF faculty members have received 2016-17 Fulbright Scholar awards - with more announcements coming soon. Dr. Dean Cleavenger, a Fulbright U.S. Scholar and lecturer in Management in the College of Business Administration, will travel to Romania to serve as a guest lecturer and research interpersonal and organization trust in the post-communist country. Dr. Michele Upvall, a Fulbright Specialist, Nursing professor, and global health researcher, will travel to Thailand to develop standards for quality research and help revise undergraduate and graduate curricula there. Applications for the next round of Fulbright U.S. Scholars are due Aug. 1.

For assistance, please contact Dr. Karen Biraimah, UCF's Fulbright representative. 
Faculty Travel Awards

The University Travel Awards committee is seeking feedback on its revised funding program to improve the next cycle, beginning April 1, 2017. This year, the committee distributed or is reviewing about $31,000 to support more than 40 faculty members presenting their scholarly work across the nation and abroad, and has a waitlist for new 2016-17 requests. This funding helps supplement faculty whose colleges' and departments’ travel and professional development funds have already been allocated.

Click for more information and submit comments and suggestions here.

Faculty Spotlight

An associate professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Azadeh Vosoughi is passionate about the power of education to transform lives, especially for young girls in Iran. Last year, she helped build a three-classroom extension to a small school in northwest Iran, near her father’s birthplace.

Prior to its construction, the elementary school girls were studying in temporary shelters outdoors with limited heating and electricity. Today, about 180 students use the facility in shifts – morning and night – to study in grades 1 through 6.

The school is named in honor of Vosoughi’s husband, Dr. Alireza Seyedi, a UCF professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering who passed away in 2014. Vosoughi, a recipient of the NSF CAREER award in 2011, continues her research on the integration of signal processing and communications for wireless sensor networks.

In September 2014, Dr. Seyedi was selected by the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering Education as one of the nation’s most innovative, young engineering educators. In addition to the school named in Dr. Seyedi's memory, his friends and family established a scholarship fund at UCF - the "Alireza Seyedi Doctoral Research Innovation Endowed Scholarship," which is awarded annually to the author of an innovative doctoral dissertation contributing to engineering research and practice. 
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Women’s Mentoring Community

The Center for Success of Women Faculty will again host its faculty mentoring program for women in a career transition. Sessions will occur on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. beginning Sept. 7. The program focuses on opportunities, challenges, and success associated with promotions or changes in positions/leaves. Women faculty who are soon to transition, currently transitioning, or have recently transitioned are encouraged to apply. Applications are currently open, with a deadline of Aug. 15.

Instructor/Lecturer Excellence Program

This new program for both new and seasoned instructor/lecturers is geared to support teaching faculty and provide them with campus contacts to achieve success in their position. Organized by the Office of Faculty Excellence, the program will offer opportunities for teaching faculty across colleges and disciplines to network and facilitate cross-disciplinary interaction. All instructors and lecturers will be invited to participate via an upcoming email.

Assistant Professor Excellence Program

This program is designed to provide professional development and coaching for assistant professors in their early years in academia. A menu of programming, facilitated by the Office of Faculty Excellence, the colleges, and other faculty-serving offices on campus will be offered throughout the year, beginning this fall. Additionally, each assistant professor in the program will be paired with a seasoned faculty member who will serve as a coach. This program is a joint effort between Faculty Excellence and the colleges. Assistant professors in their first three years at UCF will be invited to participate via an upcoming email.
Dr. Christa Diercksen, Lecturer in Biology, is the Office of Faculty Excellence Coordinator for the new Instructor/Lecturer Excellence Program. As such, she is developing the program and will oversee its implementation during 2016-17.

Email her at
Dr. Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Professor in Communicative Sciences Disorders, is the Office of Faculty Excellence Coordinator for the Academic Leadership Academy and Scroll and Quill. Dr. Kent-Walsh also is a "graduate" of the Academic Leadership Academy's inaugural class. In her role, she will oversee the Academy and also will be coordinating events for members of Scroll and Quill during 2016-17.

Email her at
Ms. Karla Arce has joined the Office of Faculty Excellence as its IT Business Analyst to help develop new electronic reporting initiatives and assist in the enhancement of current electronic processes, such as automated awards, promotions, and evaluation systems. Formerly a student assistant in UCF’s faculty affairs office (now Faculty Excellence), she has interned as a software engineer at DiSTI Corporation and most recently worked as an IT Business Analyst for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Technology.

Her email is
Focus on Transfer Students

More than half of UCF undergraduate students transfer from other institutions. To learn about transfer students’ needs and identify ways of advancing their success in the classroom and beyond, UCF launched a multi-year initiative in partnership with the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. The Foundation of Excellence Transfer Student Focus Initiative helps to raise awareness of transfer student issues, shape university culture to better accommodate our transfer students, and focus on transfer student transition experiences. 

Faculty members can play a key role in these efforts by learning about trends in transfer student populations and related policies and practices. Learn more about the initiative in its first-year summary report or contact Dr. Jennifer Sumner to get involved.

In the next issue, we'll welcome our newest cohort of faculty members to UCF and look ahead to special programs and opportunities for faculty this fall.     |      407.823.1113     |      |      Newsletter Archive

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