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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…

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,…

A Guide to Virtual Services at UCF During COVID-19

Since coming to UCF in 1994, DeLaine Priest has played an integral role in raising the university’s retention and four-year graduation rates to all-time highs. The coronavirus pandemic has certainly changed daily routines for everyone, but Knights must ‘Charge On’ as best they can in every circumstance. On March 18, the university moved to a period of remote…

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…

UCF Announces Restart Plan for Human Subject Research

Today, UCF announced its plans to restart Human Subject Research (HSR) amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Office of Research announced a phased approach to restarting research in May, but HSR was not allowed to restart then because this kind of research often requires close contact and presents additional risks. The task force that came up with…

UCF Experts Provide Tips to Maximize Employee Health and Efficiency

Now, more than ever, it is critical for employees to take care of themselves. Several experts in the College of Health Professions and Sciences at the University of Central Florida share advice and tips on exercise, diet, sleep, work-life balance and other health and wellness tips to help employees maximize their overall health: Getting Enough Sleep Keith…

Aventus Biolabs’ Antibody Testing Coming to UCF’s Garage A

Starting Thursday, May 28, antibody testing will be added to the COVID-19 testing site at Garage A at UCF’s main campus as part of an ongoing partnership with Aventus Biolabs. Antibody tests will tell people whether they have been exposed to COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control, it is currently unclear whether antibodies provide immunity…

UCF Plans for Return to Campus

UCF is soliciting feedback and guidance from faculty, staff, students and the Board of Trustees as the university plans for the return of Knights to campus. Teams from across UCF have been working on a phased-in return to the workplace for employees this summer and for students to return to campus in the fall semester.…

Focusing on Our Mission

As we are all adjusting to the different realities of COVID-19, my attention has been on ensuring that UCF’s mission of serving our students, scholars and state continues unabated. In navigating the uncertainties of the pandemic and focusing on achieving operational excellence across the institution, strong and consistent leadership of our academic enterprise will be…

Reopening Our Research Enterprise

UCF research community, COVID-19 has impacted all of us in some way. The disruptions shut down most of our research operations in March, and I know you have been eagerly awaiting word on when you can get back. I appreciate your patience. Since April I have been working with a dedicated team of faculty researchers,…

UCF Prepares for Hurricane Season Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Hurricane season begins June 1. While COVID-19 is at the forefront of everyone’s minds, UCF’s Department of Emergency Management reminds Knights and their families that hurricane season is quickly approaching. Hurricane season begins June 1, and now is the time to prepare. UCF’s Emergency Management team — which works to prevent, prepare for, manage and…

Guidance for UCF Faculty on Fall Syllabus and Football Planning

From Dr. Michael D. Johnson, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs I remain grateful for how our faculty have adapted and supported our students during this historic semester in the wake of COVID-19. We do not yet know how the pandemic will impact our fall semester, including our classes and our athletics events.…

Bringing a Challenging Semester to a Successful Close

From Dr. Michael D. Johnson, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs As the end of an historic semester approaches, I want to tell you how very proud I am of how our faculty have responded to the greatest teaching challenge of our professional lives. The abrupt shift to remote teaching required a heavy…

Health Tips from Faculty During COVID-19

The stressors brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic make self-care more important than ever. Here are some tips shared by our health experts at the College of Health Professions and Sciences on ways to cope with stress while still practicing social distancing.

Remote Instruction at UCF to Continue Through All Summer Sessions

From Dr. Michael D. Johnson, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Maribeth Ehasz, Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Services UCF will expand its period of remote instruction for all summer sessions to include Summer B, along with summer sessions A, C and D. This means that the earliest face-to-face…

Student S/U Grade Option Period at UCF Runs From April 10 through April 27

From Dr. Michael D. Johnson, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Starting tomorrow, April 10, students (except for M.D. students) will be able to select whether they would like a satisfactory or unsatisfactory (S/U) grade or a letter grade for each of their spring 2020 classes. The S/U opt-in period ends Monday, April…

Dates Announced on Availability of Final Grade Rosters for UCF Faculty

From Dr. Michael D. Johnson, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dear Colleagues: Final grade rosters for this semester will be available to faculty members from noon on Tuesday, April 28, through noon on Saturday, May 2. As you know, the university recently provided students with the option of being graded on an…

UCF Offers Optional Tenure Clock Extension Due to Coronavirus Circumstances

From Dr. Jana L. Jasinski, Pegasus Professor and Vice Provost for Faculty Excellence Due to the unique circumstances of COVID-19 and the many challenges our faculty are facing during this time, UCF is providing the opportunity for tenure-earning faculty to extend their tenure-earning period by one year.  All presently employed tenure-earning faculty who will apply…