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Tomova Named Dean of the College of Sciences

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Maggy Tomova will serve as dean of the College of Sciences beginning October 18. Dr. Tomova joins UCF from the University of Iowa, where she is currently associate dean for the Natural, Mathematical, and Social Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Before that, she served…

Faculty Updates: Masks, Office Hours and COVID-19 Protocols

I am writing to expand on the guidance provided in a communication to all employees earlier today. Most importantly, please know that UCF expects that all members of our campus community who are able to do so get vaccinated, and we expect all members of our campus community to wear masks indoors, in line with the latest CDC guidelines. Vaccines are…

Faculty COVID-19 Reminders for the Fall 2021 Semester

We hope for fall to be a more typical semester, but here are a few brief pointers as we continue to navigate COVID-19. If a student tells you they test positive, please ask the person to call the UCF COVID Line at 407-823-2509. The call will begin the contact tracing process with Student Health Services.…

Faculty Guidance on Florida’s New Intellectual Freedom Law

I am writing to inform you about new state legislation addressing intellectual freedom. UCF is deeply committed to civil discourse and free expression; we are determined to be a campus community where differing views can be discussed and debated, and where everyone feels free to express their own understanding. Truth emerges from the conflict of…

Announcing the President’s 2021-22 Strategic Investment Program

I am pleased to announce the launch of President Cartwright’s 2021-22 Strategic Investment Program, which invests in core academic activities to support the president’s vision that UCF will become the world’s leading public metropolitan research university. Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit proposals. This initiative will award up to $50 million during the current…

Investing $50 Million in Academic Excellence

In April, President Alexander N. Cartwright shared a vision for UCF that is simply stated but is a challenge worthy of our skills and passion: UCF will become the world’s leading public metropolitan research university, determined to foster success for students of all backgrounds and to produce research and creative works that benefit lives in…

Online Forums Set for UCF College of Sciences Finalists

The campus community is invited to online presentations starting Monday (June 21) through June 29 by finalists for the next dean of the UCF College of Sciences. Each finalist will provide a presentation on student success and helping UCF advance as a major metropolitan research university. Questions and answers with the audience will follow. The…

Moore Reappointed as Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities

I am pleased to announce the reappointment of Jeff Moore as dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. Under Dean Moore’s leadership, the college’s faculty and programs are steadily becoming more academically robust. He and his college demonstrate an authentic concern for the diversity of the human experience and a commendable entrepreneurial spirit. Innovations such as the Themed Experience program immediately place the college in…

New State Legislation to Impact Research-related Hiring Starting July 1

I am writing to inform you about important new legislation that will likely slow research-related hiring in the coming months. Florida Statute 1010.35 was adopted and will take effect July 1, 2021. We anticipate this will delay hiring of research positions and research-related support positions because of extensive additional documentation and screening that will be…

Hagan Named Dean of the College of Optics and Photonics

I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Dr. David Hagan as the dean of the College of Optics and Photonics, effective immediately.  Dr. Hagan is a distinguished Pegasus professor who has served as the college’s interim dean since December 2019 and was previously an associate dean for academic programs. Dr. Hagan joined UCF…

UCF’s Return to Normal Operations

Thanks to you, our remarkable culture of innovation, collaboration and inclusiveness drives our success, and we must continue to prioritize building and enhancing that culture.   Starting June 23, UCF will begin operating more aligned with the way we did before the pandemic. This date is a few days before the start of Summer B,…

Announcing a Transfer Connect Initiative to Benefit Transfer Students

One way in which UCF is a model for the 21st century is the inclusive learning environment we seek to provide to support all students. A wealth of experience, talent, and diversity is brought to us by our transfer students. I am writing to announce an important organizational change designed to help our transfer students…

An Update on Our Plans for Summer

On March 1, I sent a campus-wide message about our plans for summer and fall teaching. I am writing today to give more details about summer; more about fall will come later.   Summer will be much like the current spring semester, with a significant number of on-campus courses but still a majority of classes taught…

Searches Underway for Three New Deans of Impact for UCF

I am pleased to announce three dean searches are underway: new leaders for the College of Sciences and the College of Optics and Photonics, and the founding dean of UCF Libraries. These leaders will play substantial roles in supporting UCF’s advancement as a major metropolitan research university that serves a highly diverse community, one that…

Seeking the Next Dean for UCF’s College of Optics and Photonics

UCF is looking for the next dean of its College of Optics and Photonics. The college houses CREOL (the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers) and is known internationally for its education, research and industry partnerships. The new dean will provide vision and guidance that are integral to UCF’s advancement as a…

Annual Disclosure on Outside Activities, Potential Conflict of Interest due April 7

All UCF faculty who are required to disclose annually about outside activity, employment and potential conflict of interest are receiving a personal e-mail today about completing the online form by April 7. The required disclosure – the Annual Potential Outside Activity, Employment, and Conflict of Interest and Commitment Disclosure AA-21 – is normally emailed at…