The Quality Enhancement Plan is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for faculty fellows for the 2017-18 academic year. Fellows will work with the QEP to promote integrative learning through faculty outreach, student mentoring, and program development. Each fellow receives a stipend of $3000 for this year-long commitment. For more information, please visit the QEP website (https://undergrad.ucf.edu/whatsnext/get-involved/), or contact Director, Dr. Anna Maria Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org). Interested applicants should apply no later than Friday, April 7th 2017 for consideration.
The Office of the QEP presents our Spring 2017 Faculty Development Workshops: “What’s Next?” Student Professionalism April 3, 2017 12:00-1:30 pm Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, CB1 Room 205 Presenters: Vicki Lavendol (Rosen College of Hospitality Management), Kathleen Hohenleitner (Department of English), and Daniel Murphree (Department of History) Helping students connect what they are learning in the classroom to their professional goals increases student engagement and prepares them for what’s next. Learn how to incorporate professionalization assignments into any class. By the end of the session every faculty member will leave with an action plan (Read More)
What are research coaches? Research coaches are undergraduate or graduate students who are hired by faculty exclusively to assist undergraduate students with course-integrated research projects. Similar successful research coach programs are in place at Florida State University and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. What will the research coaches do? Research coaches work with faculty to help undergraduate students learn about and facilitate high-impact research experiences in a classroom setting. Based on the learning objectives of your course, coaches can: hold office hours or meeting times or participate in your class, answer questions, and/or explain concepts or research methodologies to (Read More)
Working on research projects gives students the opportunity to apply what they learn in their coursework to real-world contexts, and sharing what they learn with others enables students to reflect on and articulate their achievements—two of the cornerstones of integrative learning. Each spring the Office of Undergraduate Research hosts UCF’s Showcase of Undergraduate Research (SURE), which brings together hundreds of students who present their research and creative work. This year’s showcase, the thirteenth such event, featured 436 students, from 58 different majors, presenting 342 posters. Some of the students at the showcase are engaged in research-oriented programs such as Honors (Read More)
This year, the UCF Office of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) recognized 25 faculty and staff projects focused on helping undergraduate students prepare for success after college. Proposals were judged — in two categories Enhancement and Program Innovation — based on their ability to advance the QEP’s theme “What’s Next: Integrative Learning for Professional and Civic Preparation.” The 12 Enhancement project awardees received up $3,500 for improving existing or creating new resources for undergraduate students, such as developing courses, designing high-impact learning activities, or enhancing career preparation. Awards up to $10,000 recognized 13 Program Innovation projects that enhance existing programs (Read More)
History Majors don’t just learn about people and events of times gone by—they develop valuable, transferable skills, such as the ability to read critically, analyze data, and write effectively. UCF’s Department of History is helping their students understand the skills and expertise that they will need as historians and explore how they can use their training in a variety of professional and civic settings. Associate Professor Dan Murphree is spearheading these efforts with a new pilot course, “History Majors in Society and Careers.” As Murphree describes, “Teaching this course has been rewarding in many ways. Not only are students engaging (Read More)