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2024-2025 Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Faculty Fellow

Overview

The Office for Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Initiatives is currently accepting applications for the HSI Faculty Fellow position in the 2024-2025 academic year.

The Office for HSI Initiatives in the University Relations division provides a centralized vision and guidance for maximizing the University of Central Florida’s HSI federal designation in a way that meaningfully serves students, faculty, staff, alumni, and external community members from diverse backgrounds. HSI Initiatives spearheads the development, implementation, and assessment of HSI goals and objectives to advance a culture of “servingness” across the institution. The office also works collaboratively with federal, UCF Foundation, and corporate partners to strengthen institutional capacity through grant-funded and philanthropic activities aimed at strengthening Minority Serving Institutions.

The Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Program out of the U.S. Department of Education, provides grants to assist HSIs in expanding educational opportunities for, and improving the attainment of, Hispanic and low-income students, by expanding and enhancing academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability. UCF was awarded a $2.99M DHSI grant in fall 2022 to implement Project POTENCIAL (Promoting Opportunities that Enhance Navigation, Completion, Inclusion, and Learning). The faculty development component of the grant accentuates institutional capacity building by providing faculty with a knowledge base and the tools to cultivate an intentional and inclusive learning environment for all students. The Office for HSI Initiatives invites nominations and applications for a one-year appointment as HSI Faculty Fellow, beginning in the summer 2024 semester.

The Office for HSI Initiatives will transfer to the Fellows’ home unit up to $10,000 per academic year for course replacement costs.  It is expected that a Fellow with teaching assignments will be released in whole or part from their instructional duties. If the fellow has a summer appointment, they will also receive a $5,000 administrative assignment. The Fellow will report to the Senior Director for HSI Initiatives, who also serves as the Project Director for POTENCIAL.

Responsibilities of the Fellow

The HSI Faculty Fellow will develop and implement the faculty development component of Project POTENCIAL, including a Teaching and Learning Day HSI Workshop (FA24), a semester-long HSI Faculty Development Cohort Program (Learning Community) (SPR25) and the HSI-track during the FCTL Summer Faculty Development Institute (SUM25). The Fellow will collaborate with colleagues in the Office for Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, Ginsburg Center for Inclusion and Community Engagement, and Division of Student Success and Well-Being, among other academic and administrative offices across campus.

HSI Curricula, Teaching & Learning Day

  • Plan and facilitate an interactive workshop for a broad audience of UCF faculty related to strengthening instruction for students within an HSI-context.
  • Assist with the communications, recruitment, and assessment plans for the workshops.

 

HSI Faculty Development Cohort Program

  • Plan and coordinate the HSI Faculty Development Cohort Program, including curriculum development, lesson planning, and facilitation of sessions.
  • Provide consultation for cohort participants to lead HSI workshops/panels/roundtable discussions for other faculty.
  • Assist with the communications, recruitment, and assessment plans for the cohort program.

HSI Track, Summer Faculty Development Institute

  • Plan and coordinate the HSI Track for the annual Summer Faculty Development Institute with a focus on culturally responsive, asset-based, inclusive, and transfer receptive pedagogies.
  • Assist with the communications, recruitment, and assessment plans for the track.

Other General Responsibilities

  • Participate in biweekly grant team meetings and weekly 1:1 meetings with grant leadership.
  • Develop and regularly review plans with the Project Director to ensure alignment with the vision and goals of HSI strategies and practices university wide.
  • Development and regularly review plans with the Project Manager to ensure alignment and progress towards grant goals and objectives, including assessment of planned faculty activities.
  • Consult with the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning on best practices to ensure a learner-centered and engaged workshop, cohort, and track experience.
  • Prepare activity reports summarizing progress, challenges, timeline adjustments, and requests for assistance, forming the basis of briefings for meetings with Project Director/Manager.
  • Maintain a presence at other HSI programs and events throughout the year.

Eligibility

All full-time tenured faculty who have achieved the rank of associate professor or professor and full-time non-tenure earning faculty who have achieved associate or higher (including clinical, instructional designers, instructors, lecturers, librarians, as well as non-tenure earning associate professors and non-tenure earning professors) are eligible to apply. All applicants must show evidence that they are making satisfactory progress towards the next rank and/or promotion. (i.e., timeline). 

Applications

Applications must include the following, as a single pdf document:

  • A Letter (no longer than two pages) describing the applicant’s interest in a Fellowship, how their background and experiences align and support the focus of the Fellowship, and their goals for the Fellowship period and beyond (uploaded to Qualtrics application via link provided below).
  • A 500-word statement outlining their thoughts/ideas for the programming components highlighted above (i.e., teaching and learning day workshop, cohort program, institute track). Innovative ideas for initiatives that will strengthen faculty are encouraged (uploaded to Qualtrics application via link provided below).
  • A current Curriculum Vitae (uploaded to Qualtrics application via link provided below).
  • An endorsement letter from their department chair/school director/unit head (uploaded to Qualtrics application via link provided below).

Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Alignment of experiences with the purpose and goals of the Fellowship.
  • Quality and innovation of proposed programmatic themes/ideas for grant-funded faculty development initiatives (listed above).
  • Overall record and potential for leadership in faculty initiatives that center and advance UCF’s HSI goals.
  • Demonstrated commitment to embracing and elevating “servingness” at UCF.

The evaluation committee will consist of representatives from the Office for Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, and Ginsburg Center for Inclusion and Community Engagement.

The application period for the 2024-2025 academic year is now open: https://tinyurl.com/HSIFellow24

Deadline for applications is 5:00PM, Friday, March 29, 2024. For questions, email POTENCIAL@ucf.edu.