Faculty Awards

UCF Women of Distinction Award

Presented by the Faculty Excellence Center for Success of Women Faculty for the last seven years, the Women of Distinction award highlights the achievements of outstanding women faculty at UCF.  The three awards given this year – 5 years of service, 6-10 years of service and more than 10 years of service – are for “Excellence in turning your Big Ideas into Big Successes at UCF”: accomplishments and initiatives about complex issues related to teaching, research, campus service, community service, outreach efforts, and/or advocacy.

2018

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz

6-10 years of service with the School of Visual Arts & Design
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UCF Inaugural Luminary Award

The inaugural UCF Luminary Award is designed to shine a light on exceptional faculty whose work is advancing their discipline and making a difference.

2017–2018, Inaugural Year

Keith Folse

Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz

School of Visual Arts & Design

Anastasia Salter

School of Visual Arts & Design

Eileen Smith

School of Visual Arts & Design

Stephanie Vie

Department of Writing & Rhetoric

Pavel Zemliansky

Department of Writing & Rhetoric


Scroll and Quill Society

During Spring 2016, Faculty Excellence relaunched a streamlined and contemporary UCF Scroll & Quill Society, based on two prestigious faculty clubs established in the 1980s to honor faculty members who brought recognition to the university through: (a) The Quill, to recognize authored books and (b) The Scroll, to recognize significant and sustained peer reviewed publications in national and international journals.

2017–2018

Martha García

Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

Blake Scott

School of Performing Arts (Theatre)

James Clark

Department of History

Julia Listengarten

School of Performing Arts (Theatre)

Michael Strawser

Department of Philosophy

Ayako Yonetani

School of Performing Arts (Music)

2018–2019

Alla Kourova

Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

Rudy McDaniel

School of Visual Arts & Design

Florin Mihai

Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

Maria Cristina Santana

Women’s and Gender Studies

Sybil St. Claire

School of Performing Arts (Theatre)


College Award for Excellence in Research

The annual ceremony recognizes the academic achievements, contributions and tenures of students and faculty members from across disciplines and encourages them to continue making strides in their careers.

2017–2018

David Brunner

School of Performing Arts (Music)


College Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

The annual ceremony recognizes the academic achievements, contributions and tenures of students and faculty members from across disciplines and encourages them to continue making strides in their careers.

2017–2018

Cheryl Briggs

Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

Ilenia Colón Mendoza

School of Visual Arts & Design

Edward Dandrow

Department of History

Peter Telep

Department of English


University Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Faculty Academic Advising

Faculty members are awarded for outstanding teaching, advising, research, professional service, and librarianship. Awardees are recognized at the Founders’ Day Celebration.

2017–2018

Kristina Tollefson

School of Performing Arts (Theatre)


UCF Allies Initiative

2017–2018

Earl D. Weaver

School of Performing Arts (Theatre)


UCF Teaching Incentive Program

UCF’s Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) rewards teaching productivity and excellence contributing to the university’s key goals of offering the best undergraduate education available in Florida and achieving international prominence in key programs of graduate study.

2017–2018

Leandra Preston-Sidler

Women’s & Gender Studies Program

Kathleen Hohenleitner

Department of English

Tison Pugh

Department of English

Peter Telep

Department of English

Robert Cassanello

Department of History

Amelia Lyons

Department of History

Florin Mihai

Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

Lisa Nalbone

Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

Kacie Tartt

Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

Charlotte Trinquet du Lys

Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

Claudia Schippert

Department of Philosophy

Julia Listengarten

School of Performing Arts (Theatre)

Lisa Peterson

School of Visual Arts & Design

R. Mark Hall

Department of Writing & Rhetoric


UCF Research Incentive Award

The UCF Research Incentive Awards (RIA) program supports outstanding research, scholarly, and creative activity that advances the body of knowledge in a particular field, including interdisciplinary research and collaborations. This award recognizes employee contributions to UCF’s key goal of achieving international prominence in research and creative activities.

2017–2018

James Campbell

Department of English

Barbara Gannon

Department of History

Ann Gleig

Department of Philosophy

Julia Listengarten

School of Performing Arts (Theatre)

Humberto Lopez

Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

Chiara Mazzucchelli

Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

Florin Mihai

Department of Modern Languages & Literatures

Lisa Mills

School of Visual Arts & Design

Shelley Park

Department of Philosophy

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz

School of Visual Arts & Design

Bert Scott

School of Performing Arts (Theatre)


Trustee Chair Award

The Trustee Chair Awards were established to both retain outstanding UCF faculty and attract exceptional faculty to UCF.

2017–2018

Jeff Rupert

School of Performing Arts (Music)

Stella Sung

CREATE, School of Visual Arts & Design


LIFE@UCF Women Faculty Recognition Awards

With generous support from the Learning Institute for Elders at UCF (LIFE@UCF), the LIFE@UCF Women Faculty Recognition Awards celebrate and promote women faculty whose scholarship, teaching, and/or service best represent excellence in this strategic mission of our university.

2017–2018

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz

6-10 years of service with the School of Visual Arts & Design
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CAH Staff Recognition Awards

These annual awards presented to two USPS employees and one A&P employee for their outstanding work and contribution to their school, department or program, and to the College of Arts and Humanities.

2017–2018

Lauren Becker

School of Performing Arts

Arlene Flores

School of Performing Arts

Christine Michel

School of Visual Arts & Design

Student Awards

Order of Pegasus

The Order of Pegasus is the most prestigious and significant award a student can attain at UCF. Order of Pegasus recognizes exemplary performance in the areas of academic achievement, outstanding university involvement, leadership, and community service.

2018

Carissa Baker

Porsha Dossie

Ana Beltran


Honors in the Major Outstanding Thesis Award

The annual ceremony recognizes the academic achievements, contributions and tenures of students and faculty members from across disciplines and encourages them to continue making strides in their careers. Along with awards for teaching, research and service, the dean of each college selects one undergraduate student pursuing honors in their major and commends them for their outstanding thesis.

2018

Rachael Rothstein-Safra


Founders’ Award

The annual ceremony recognizes the academic achievements, contributions and tenures of students and faculty members from across disciplines and encourages them to continue making strides in their careers. Along with awards for teaching, research and service, the dean of each college selects one undergraduate student a year to receive the $500 Founders’ Award for exceptional work within their area of study.

2018

Thomas Heller