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An Update for UCF Faculty on Spring Commencement

Colleagues: You may have seen that we are offering our spring 2021 baccalaureate and master’s graduates two in-person options to celebrate their achievements. They can either participate in a more traditional – but smaller than normal – commencement ceremony or opt for Grad Walk, a more personalized experience. I’m writing to provide you with more information on faculty attendance and participation…

The Search Begins for UCF’s Next Dean of the College of Sciences

Dear Colleagues and Students: I am pleased to report that a search is now underway for dean of the College of Sciences. The college plays a central role in supporting UCF’s advancement as a major metropolitan research university that serves a highly diverse community, one that champions the success of students from all backgrounds. We…

Update On UCF’s Return to Normal Operations

Nearly one year ago, UCF pivoted to remote learning and working due to COVID-19. We have adapted to new ways of learning, working and living. We have learned how to live with the pandemic and adopt new behaviors to minimize its spread. And with the mass availability of many effective vaccines gaining momentum, we are…

Search Underway for Dean of UCF’s College of Sciences

A national search is underway for the dean of UCF’s College of Sciences. The college plays a central role in supporting UCF’s advancement as a major metropolitan research university that serves a highly diverse community, one that champions the success of students from all backgrounds. The new dean will support this mission and with the…

Search Begins for UCF’s Founding Dean of Libraries

I am pleased to announce that a search is underway for the founding Dean of Libraries. Placing the university library system and its leader alongside the academic colleges and deans is an important step toward UCF’s goal of becoming a leading metropolitan research university. We have retained the search firm Isaacson, Miller to help us…

Celebrate Faculty Excellence on April 7 with Founders’ Day

Please mark your calendar for UCF’s biggest event of the year in honor of faculty excellence. Join your colleagues and me virtually on Wednesday, April 7, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., for this year’s Founders’ Day Honors Convocation as we celebrate faculty excellence in service to our students and the university. Details on how to…

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…

Welcome Back: Spring Semester Update For Faculty From the Interim Provost

From UCF Interim Provost Michael D. Johnson Happy New Year, and welcome back. I hope 2021 is brighter for us all. Classes will begin on Monday as planned. We will continue to follow our COVID protocols including face coverings, physical distancing, and extra cleaning. There is excellent evidence that these measures work to prevent transmission in the…

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…

Faculty Guidance for Spring Semester 2021 Planning

From Dr. Michael D. Johnson, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs I am grateful for all of your hard work supporting our students during this challenging semester. As we plan for the spring semester, we are working to offer substantially more face-to-face classes than we have this fall. We know the on-campus experience…

A New Name and Phase for a Key UCF Project to Shape the Future

From Michael D. Johnson, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Misty Shepherd, Interim Vice President for Administration and Finance; and Joseph Trubacz, Interim Chief Financial Officer We are pleased to introduce the UCF community to Knight Vision, a transformational effort to improve business processes across the university. Formerly known as the “Cloud ERP…

Welcome to the “What Do You know About?” Video Series

We recently took to the internet to see how much the UCF student body knew about UCF’s Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs. We asked several students a set of questions, and we’ve created a series based on their interesting responses. What do you know about the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs?…

COVID-19 Faculty Responsibilities

September 9, 2020 From Michael D. Johnson, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs I appreciate the efforts so many of you are making to ensure our students are receiving a high-quality education while your classes follow the university’s COVID-19 policy. However, I am concerned — really, shocked — about several reports of faculty members…

New Academic Alignment Aims to Enhance the Student Experience

From Michael D. Johnson, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs I am pleased to announce a realignment of academic units to promote student success and strengthen the university’s academic enterprise. The organizational changes in the Division of Academic Affairs will affect UCF Connect, UCF Global, the Division of Student Learning and Academic Success,…

UCF Faculty Guidance for COVID-19 Cases in Your Classes

From Michael D. Johnson, UCF Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thank you for your dedication to giving our students a first-class education despite the many challenges of COVID-19. I am writing to give you guidance on the process if one of your students tests positive for the virus. For entirely remote classes,…

Guidance to UCF Faculty for a Successful Fall

I am pleased to welcome you back for fall and share what you most need to know for a successful start to this unusual semester. This fall will be challenging – teaching in unusual circumstances, uncertainty about controlling the pandemic, the potential of a pivot to remote teaching, and the anxiety that all of us…

A Faculty ‘Thank You’ and Update from the President and Provost

From UCF President Alexander N. Cartwright and Interim Provost Michael D. Johnson We want to share our heartfelt appreciation to our faculty members for your perseverance and dedication to our students, and your innovative thinking that has kept us successful during this once-in-a-century pandemic. For many of our students, learning, living and having access to…