A call for applications for the 2015-16 UF Leadership Development programs sponsored by UF Training and Organizational Development and the Office of Human Resource Services is now underway, with an application deadline of April 30. Apply today for the UF Academy—the university’s emerging leader program—or the Advanced Leadership for Academics and Professionals (ALAP) program. Participants for both programs, which will begin in the fall of 2015, are selected via a competitive application process.
See the comparison chart to decide which program might be right for you.
The UF Academy was created for emerging leaders at UF. Designed for exempt employees up to and including the director level, as well as interested faculty, the UF Academy prepares employees for higher-level responsibilities at the University of Florida.
To participate, an employee must be an exempt employee (up to and including employees at the director level) with at least two years of supervisory or decision-making responsibility at UF or in a faculty position. The two-year supervisory requirement is waived for interested faculty as well as employees at the assistant director level or above. There is no fee to participate in the UF Academy.
Advanced Leadership for Academics and Professionals is designed for faculty and professionals in leadership positions at UF as a way to support their ongoing development. The program runs throughout the academic year with participants meeting six times, one to two days each time, along with two shorter evening meetings; please see the 2015-2016 schedule for details. The program includes 360-degree and other assessments, guest speakers, facilitated discussions, case studies, assigned readings and activities—including a group project. An important element of the program is access to key leaders at UF.
The program includes two tracks—one for academic leaders and the other for professionals (assistant directors and above). Approximately 20 faculty and professionals (10 per track) are selected each year via a competitive application process. This program also is appropriate for those making the “academic” to “administrator” transition. There is a fee for this program.
Please explore the Leadership Development section of the HRS website to learn more about these programs, the UF Leadership/Management Competency Model, and other UF Leadership Development initiatives.
On February 10, the Parking and Transportation Advisory Committee of the University of Florida voted to recommend a 4 percent increase in parking decal prices for 2015-2016. The recommendation now goes to the Board of Trustees for consideration at its April 2 meeting.
In order to accommodate faculty and staff members through the end of the spring semester, expiring parking decals will be honored through commencement weekend. New decals will be required on Monday, May 4, when enforcement will commence.
Get better this summer by taking advantage of opportunities to learn and improve your professional and leadership skills! Training and Organizational Development provides a range of personal and professional development opportunities to help faculty and staff get better.
The University of Florida Integrated Research Support Tool (UFIRST) is now live and may be accessed at https://grants.research.ufl.edu or via the myUFL system by navigating to Main Menu > Grants > Proposals.
All 2014 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) claim forms and receipts must be submitted to the People First Service Center no later than April 15. Participants may submit eligible expenses for 2014 as well as eligible expenses incurred from January 1 through March 15, 2015.
Employees on 9- and 10-month appointments will not have deductions taken over the summer months for UFSelect, GatorCare and/or state plans if enrolled.
The Baby Gator Child Development and Research Centers offer a summer camp program to children entering kindergarten through 2nd grade.
It’s more important than ever to save for retirement—and never too soon to start. FLARE—Financial Literacy and Retirement Education—is a resource offered to University of Florida employees to assist with their financial and retirement planning needs.
The Employee Education Program (EEP) is a popular benefit available to eligible UF faculty and staff. The program provides tuition assistance for up to six credit hours of eligible college-level courses per semester.
Do you know of a team that should be recognized for their great work on an IT project? UF’s IT Awards and Recognitions Program recognizes teams in three categories, with awards presented at the annual “State of UFIT” event on May 15.
The Spring 2015 P2P will be held on the morning of Thursday, April 9, at the Levin College of Law (180 Holland Hall). Among the topics to be presented this spring are TERMINALFOUR, myIT and One.UF.
To ensure you are submitting the most recent forms, remember to always retrieve them directly from the Forms section of HRS’s web site. It’s important that current forms are used to avoid processing errors and delays.
As a biologist working in Latin America to protect tree frogs early in his career, Matt Williams had a revelation. He realized he could continue to conduct his conservation efforts by telling the corporations in the banana, pineapple and cattle industries “how big the fence needed to be” to prevent habitat loss—or he could return to the United States to help the people who consumed the products to better understand the impact the choices they make have on the environment.
This month’s featured “Spotlight on Leadership” article is Creating a Culture of Transparency. In this article, leaders will discover how their actions create a workplace climate that generates trust, engagement, and buy-in from employees.
The Prudential Productivity Awards, an annual event honoring state government employees throughout Florida, has announced its winners for 2015, including the following individual and teams from the University of Florida.
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced that UF is ranked third among 13 top-producing Fulbright research institutions. U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Scholars are publicized annually in The
Beginning this summer, the UF On Target Classification Project will begin working with departments to provide a comprehensive review and update of UF staff classifications. Reviewing your employees’ position descriptions to ensure they are an accurate reflection of the work they do will help build a solid foundation for the process throughout the upcoming year.
The three UF Human Resource Services departments previously known separately as Benefits, Retirement, and Leave Administration have merged, creating one streamlined department: UF Benefits. Please note that phone and fax numbers haven’t changed, and all emails inquiries should be sent
Since its introduction nearly two years ago, the PrintSmart initiative is projected to save the university $1.4 million per year!
Graduate students interested in GatorGradCare coverage for the summer only and/or coverage for the 2015-16 academic year may enroll now.
Throughout the months of April, May and June, the UF-UF Health Shands Wellness Committee and GatorCare will be providing employees with a wealth of information, programs and resources designed to help us all “Stress Less and Thrive!”
Do you know your numbers—blood pressure, glucose and BMI—and how they compare to recommended guidelines? A free Employee Wellness Event co-sponsored by the University of Florida and UF Health will kick off at the end of this month for all benefits-eligible employees.
UF-UF Health Shands Wellness and GatorCare sponsored the “Get up and Go! Couch to 5K” program in January and February. Participants were provided resources to identify a 5K in the area as well as free pedometers, online resources and training guides, recommended apps and the chance to participate in a Facebook community.
Subscribe to the new UF-UF Health Shands Wellness listserv to get notices of upcoming events and other information sent directly to you.
UF Health Integrative Medicine offers wellness classes, courses and workshops for both staff and the general public in the areas of martial arts, meditation and relaxation, and yoga.
UF employees enjoy a 20 percent discount from UF Health Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics Center, located at UF Health Springhill in northwest Gainesville.
The UF Office of Sustainability will host UF’s first-ever Earth Month Celebration this April. This month-long campaign aims to celebrate the university’s achievements and bring awareness to campus sustainability topics, from renewable energy to water conservation, waste reduction, and recycling.
The Academic and Professional Assembly will host UF President Kent Fuchs on Tuesday, May 19, at 4 p.m. in Emerson Alumni Hall. To learn more and RSVP for the event, please visit the A&P Assembly website.
The Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH) will celebrate Earth Day this month with a large plant sale and an exploration of the wonders of life on Earth.
On Tuesday, March 31, Chuy’s will donate 10 percent of your total food purchases to Baby Gator. Come out and enjoy “big as your face” burritos and other Tex-Mex dishes while supporting UF’s child development centers. Print this flier or
UF's School of Theatre and Dance will present this William Shakespeare classic, directed by Judith Williams.
April 6: China—Doing Business with the Giant; April 13: Five Years Later—Lessons Learned from the Deepwater Disaster; April 13: Five Years Later—Lessons Learned from the Deepwater Disaster
On Wednesday, April 8, the Association for Academic Women will host Dr. Kathleen S. Kelly as she leads a discussion of the “gender gap” in salaries in various professions, including university faculty, and will present some practical advice.
The University of Florida Faculty Senate is host to the 2014-2015 Distinguished Professor Lecture Series featuring University of Florida faculty recently promoted to Distinguished Professor. The final lecture for 2014-2015 is on Monday, April 6, at 4 p.m. in Emerson Hall.
On Friday, April 24, the United Way of North Central Florida will welcome business thought leader John Spence for a workshop, titled “To be a great leader, you must first be a leader of yourself.” Participants in this personal career