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University of Central Florida faculty members are the foundation of the university. They energize students, academic programs, research and service through academic excellence and innovation.

Historic Recovery Ahead for U.S. Economy in 2021, Predicts UCF Economist

Fueled by a release of pent-up economic demand, unemployment will decline and Americans will spend more money through 2021, says Sean Snaith, renowned economist and director of UCF’s Institute for Economic Forecasting. While consumer spending shrank by 3.9 percent in 2020 amid the recession, the institute’s first-quarter U.S. forecast predicts spending will accelerate to an…

2021 Women’s History Month Honorees

Sponsored by LIFE@UCF Each March, Faculty Excellence honors 31 women for their impact on students and UCF’s campus community. This year, as we continue to charge on during a pandemic, our women faculty have not wavered in their commitments as mentors, role models, friends, researchers and teachers. This blog post will be updated daily during…

KPMG Names Khim Kelly to Endowed Professorship

Professor Khim Kelly recently added the title of KPMG Professor of Accounting to her achievements. Kelly, who joined the Kenneth G. Dixon School of Accounting in the College of Business in 2016, teaches courses in financial and managerial accounting. Her research focuses on the design of performance measurement, evaluation and compensation practices in organizations. Her…

UCF Class Spotlight: History of the Caribbean

Class NameLAH 3470 – History of the Caribbean InstructorLuis Martínez-Fernández, Pegasus Professor of history and member of the Puerto Rico Research Hub When is it offered?Spring, summer and fall semesters How many students are in a class?About 35 PrerequisitesEUH 2000 and EUH 2001 From the Professor How would you describe this course?This course is a multidisciplinary introduction to the historical trajectory of…

Delfyett to be Inducted into the National Academy of Engineering

When Peter Delfyett first fell in love with science during elementary school, he imagined he would grow up to be a paleontologist. Instead, the Pegasus Professor of optics and photonics has spent his career developing futuristic technology. From lasers that are used to cut Gorilla Glass for Samsung phones to fiber-optic cable technology that allows the internet…

Nominations Open Through March 10 For UCF Trustee Chair Professorships

Nominations are open for UCF Trustee Chair Professorships that recognize and celebrate outstanding performance. The appointments are for five years with an annual stipend of $50,000, of which $25,000 can be used as a salary supplement. The appointment is awarded to eligible faculty members with an extraordinary record of accomplishment in three primary areas: teaching,…

Shattered Glass Ceilings that Pave the Way to Inspiration

This year has started with glass ceilings shattered in the highest offices of the country. You cannot hide the powerful feeling that rises from the pit of your stomach and overtakes your entire being as you watch historic “firsts” unfold if you are underrepresented in some way — a woman, person of color, LGBTQ or…

UCF Celebrates 25 years of Online Learning with top 15 U.S. Ranking

This is the fourth consecutive year that UCF’s online bachelor’s programs have ranked among the top 20 in the nation. Last year, UCF tied at No. 16. “Our high rankings are a testament to the terrific work of our talented faculty and instructional designers who produce engaging, high-quality courses that support our students’ success while also providing…

Coming Soon: An Important Survey for UCF Faculty

UCF will soon administer the COACHE faculty job satisfaction survey – and we want you to know that your responses will be used to improve faculty life. In the two surveys since 2015, we listened to your feedback and worked with faculty to implement parental leave, award $1 million to mid-career faculty to enhance their research, and create more ways to celebrate faculty…

In Celebration of Aunts

A few years ago my Aunt Vickey called me, and I answered. The answering part is important to the story because I have a reputation for sending calls to voicemail. But it was Aunt Vickey, and I have learned that when your aunt calls, you answer. So, I answered, and after exchanging pleasantries, our conversation…

UCF Faculty Collaborate to Provide Students Free Course Materials

Textbooks and other required course materials can add significantly to the cost of a college degree, and UCF faculty are doing what they can to help. During the Fall 2020 semester, at least 31 faculty members provided their required course materials at no cost to students through the use of open educational resources (OER). These…

I Turned My Love for Hip-hop into My Dream Job

During our recent holiday break, my childhood friend Jeff Pecot gave me a cherished gift that we both grew up with, an Odyssey video game console. Jeff and I had a routine during our middle school days in the early 80s. After we raced to the crib on our Schwinn bicycles, we did our homework…

UCF’s 2020 Prestigious Awards, Grants and Rankings

Despite the dynamic challenges of 2020, students, faculty, staff and alumni pursued excellence and earned notable achievements. In recognition of those efforts, here are some of this year’s major accomplishments recognizing the academic and inclusive excellence. Awards, Grants and Rankings The Aerospace Human Factors Association’s presented Professor of Psychology Peter Hancock with its 2020 William Collins…

UCF Faculty Update: 2020 Closes With Better Times Ahead

Congratulations on navigating a challenging year. I am grateful for our faculty’s hard work, adaptability, and creativity in these tough pandemic times. The coming availability of vaccines gives me optimism that next year we will begin to return to normality. Last week we received a reminder of how meaningful it can be to work in…