A Semester of Opportunities

A week ago, I had the privilege of welcoming over 100 new faculty to UCF. In addition to strong academic credentials, these faculty also bring other amazing experiences. In the room there was a former assistant cruise director for Disney, a research analyst for the Center for Clean Air Policy, a marine biologist for NOAA and a former Assistant Vice President for marketing and events for NFL Players, Inc. I was impressed by the diversity of skills and expertise, and it reminded me of one of the reasons we’ve all joined UCF: opportunity.

As we begin the new academic year, I encourage you to join a mentoring group, meet someone new at a program or make connections outside of your department. You never know how you may be able to impact your fellow faculty. As always, we are here to help you along the way. I hope to see you tomorrow at the Faculty Welcome Reception.

Charge On,

Allison Hurtado, Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications for Faculty Excellence

Allison Hurtado is our new Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications – and you might recognize her. A UCF alumna, Allison worked in newsrooms and at a non-profit before working for the UCF College of Sciences for the past year. She’s happy to be in Millican Hall and is excited to serve Faculty Excellence.
Fun facts about Allison: She and her husband have an elder rescue pup named Ellie. An avid coffee drinker, she’s always up for a chat with a cup of joe. Just send her an email.
We’re glad she made the jump across the Reflecting Pond to join us in FE!
Now Hiring: Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence

A key pillar of UCF's Collective Impact Strategic Plan is our promise to recruit, cultivate and retain exceptional and diverse faculty, students and staff. 

We are seeking an additional Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence to co-lead the development and implementation of an inclusive excellence plan with Dr. S. Kent Butler and our Faculty Excellence team. Fellows will work to improve faculty recruitment and retention with a 3-5 year plan, as well as lead research based on diversity and inclusion best practices. Deadline: September 21, 2018.

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Traveled Lately?

The Travel Award for Recognition of Faculty Excellence (TARFE) supports travel for faculty who are being recognized for a distinguished achievement or having a significant honor bestowed upon them in addition to supporting traveling for faculty presenting their research or creative work.
The November 2018 cycle is coming up. If you traveled April 1 through October 15, your deadline to apply is November 15.

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Faculty-Friendly UCF App

Download the UCF Mobile app and select "Faculty & Staff" experience. Check out up-to-date information on parking and campus-related services. Soon there will be a Faculty Excellence channel! Stay tuned.

Download it here
Run/Walk for Scholarships

UCF is supporting the UNCF 11th Annual Central Florida 5K Run/Walk for Education taking place on Saturday, September 29. Your donation will help make education accessible to everyone by eliminating financial barriers for deserving students by providing much-needed scholarships.

The newly created Ackerman Scholarship, which benefits minority students in the Burnett Honors College, is just one of many scholarships that are funded by this race.

Register for free, by using the code SPONSOR, and be sure to wear your UCF gear. 


Jackie Chini, an assistant professor of Physics, has achieved an NSF CAREER Award to further her research on how to make physics more inclusive.
As a part of her five-year CAREER project, conducted with assistance from the American Physical Society, Chini is exploring physics as a community made up of professors, industry people, undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral scholars. Everyone has different needs and different ideas. Her focus is on the experiences of students and early-career physicists with disabilities.

“The task of improving access and inclusion can feel daunting,” Chini says. “But it shouldn’t be 100 percent on the person with the disability to figure out accommodations. We need to offload some of that work onto ourselves.”

Read more about her research and recent award
Fall 2018 Marchioli Collective Impact Innovation Award

Nominations are now open! This award provides a $5,000 cash or grant prize to a faculty member, a staff member or to a small team for an innovative program or initiative to help UCF achieve at least one priority metric from the Collective Impact Strategic Plan that can be scaled for greater impact. The Fall 2018 deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., Friday, September 21.
Find nominations and guidelines here
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