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LEP provides opportunities for selected faculty and staff to gain career-enhancing skills and experiences in today’s changing educational environment.

The program engages scholars in an exploration of leadership principles and strategies, professional skills, and higher education issues through self-reflection, mentorship, engagement with dozens of guest speakers, and project development.

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About the Leadership Enhancement Program

Eligibility

Employees who have worked at UCF in a full-time USPS, A&P, or Faculty position for at least three years from their date of employment by July 1 of the current year are eligible to apply for the Leadership Empowerment Program.

Benefits

  • Monthly Seminars – A core of seminars is designed around specific themes relevant to higher education administration in general and professional development. Combined with focused learning experiences, these seminars serve as the foundation upon which LEP scholars tailor the program to meet their individual needs and career goals.
  • Mentors – Participants will be assigned a mentor to work with them to further develop their professional knowledge, skills and abilities during the program.
  • Leadership Institute – The annual leadership institute, offered during the spring semester and managed by the LEP class, features a variety of leadership workshop sessions. It also allows members of the current class to present elements of their LEP project or career map.
  • Graduation Reception – LEP graduates and their supporters will celebrate the successful completion of the program with a certificate and reflections on the year of growth.
  • Graduates of the program are eligible for a one-time waiver of search for a position at UCF.

Waiver

Employees who successfully complete the Leadership Enhancement Program (LEP) are entitled to a one-time waiver of posting for a UCF position, if mutually-agreed upon with the hiring authority. An employee should meet with the hiring official to discuss the position and to express their interest in requesting a waiver. LEP is a UCF year-long development program for under-represented faculty and staff managed by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

The hiring official should contact Human Resources for essential paperwork and approval. Note:

  • Employees must meet the minimum qualifications for the position.
  • Waivers are only valid during UCF employment.
  • Prior to a job being posted, a candidate normally works out the hire details with the new department. Once a job is posted, the candidate may not use his/her waiver. She or he must apply for the position and successfully compete for the position as outlined in the HR Recruitment and Selection process.

View the LEP Waiver Flyer

Want more information?

Contact us by phone or email:
Call: (407) 823-6479
Email: LEP@ucf.edu

LEP 2021-22

The LEP 2021-22 Application Deadline is closed. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021-22 LEP Cohort.

LEP provides opportunities for selected faculty and staff to gain career-enhancing skills and experiences in today’s changing educational environment. The 2021-22 program will engage 17 scholars in an exploration of leadership principles and strategies, professional skills and higher education issues through self-reflection, mentorship, engagement with dozens of guest speakers and project development. The UCF Office of Diversity and Inclusion congratulates these rising stars for their commitment to their careers. Their advancement benefits the entire UCF community.

LEP Dates – 2021/2022

  • Thursday, August 12, 2021 (8AM to 5PM)
  • Friday, August 13, 2021 (8AM to 5PM)
  • Friday, September 17, 2021 (8AM to 5PM)
  • Friday, October 15, 2021 (8AM to 5PM)
  • Friday, November 19, 2021 (8AM to 5PM)
  • Friday, December 10, 2021* (8AM to Noon)
  • Friday, January 21, 2022 (8AM to 5PM)
  • Friday, February 25, 2022 (8AM to 5PM)
  • Thursday, March 17, 2022 (8AM to 5PM)
  • Friday, March 18, 2022 (8AM to 5PM)

Currently, the plan is to be remote until further notice, we will not know if/when that will change until closer to the fall semester.


A special thank you to our LEP mentors!

  • Mr. Michael Sink, Associate Vice President and Deputy COO, UCF IT
  • Dr. Paige Borden, Chief Analytics Officer, Division of Analytics and Integrated Planning
  • Mr. Terry Wheeler, IT Manager of the Enterprise Applications Support Team for Information Technology
  • Mr. Arian L.  Bryant, Director, Resident Life and Education
  • Ms. Janet D. Owen, Vice President for Government and Community Relations, Associate General Counsel for UCF, and Associate Corporate Secretary to UCF’s Board of Trustees
  • Dr. Edwanna Andrews, Assistant Vice President, Community Support Services
  • Mrs. Maritza Martinez-Guerrero, Associate Vice President, Community Relations
  • Mr. Brian Boyd, University Registrar
  • Dr. Doshie Walker, Senior Human Resources Generalist, Office of Research
  • Dr. Jana L. Jasinski, Pegasus Professor of Sociology and Vice Provost, Faculty Excellence
  • Dr. Elizabeth Klonoff, Vice President, Research & Dean, College of Graduate Studies
  • Dr. Delaine Priest, Associate Vice Provost, Student Success and Advising within the Division of Student Learning and Academic Success
  • Dr. Theodorea Berry, Vice Provost for Student Learning and Academic Success, Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies
  • Ms. Vivian Ortiz, Program Manager, SDES Vice President Operations
  • Dr. Chanda M. Torres, Assistant Vice President, UCF Downtown Student Services
  • Dr. Timothy Letzring, Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education
  • Dr. Pam Cavanaugh, Associate Vice Provost for UCF Connect

LEP FAQs

Monthly Seminars: A common core of seminars is designed around specific themes relevant to higher education administration in general and UCF administration in particular. Combined with focused learning experiences, these seminars serve as the foundation upon which LEP scholars tailor the program to meet their individual needs and career goals.

Mentors: Participants will be assisted in selecting at least one mentor to work with them to further develop their professional knowledge, skills and abilities as a means of reaching their career goals.

Leadership Institute: The annual leadership institute, offered during the spring semester of each year, features a variety of leadership workshop sessions. It also allows members of the current class to present elements of their LEP projects.

Graduation Reception: A graduation reception is held during the spring semester to celebrate the successful completion of the program. At this time, each graduate receives a certificate of completion.

The UCF Leadership Enhancement Program provides leadership development opportunities for program scholars to gain career-enhancing skills and leadership experiences in today’s dynamic higher educational environment.

Employees from under-represented minority identities, such as women, people of color and LGBTQ+, who have worked at UCF in a full-time USPS, A&P, or Faculty position for at least three years from their date of employment by July 1 of the current year are eligible to apply for the Leadership Enhancement Program.