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. See Sample LEP Projects.


The LEP 2021-22 Application Deadline is April 21st at NOON (Scroll down – to the green section – for the application form and more information about applying)
The UCF Office of Diversity and Inclusion congratulates these rising stars for their commitment to their careers. Their advancement benefits the entire UCF community.



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.



  • 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.



LEP 2021-22

Link to Supervisor-Support-Form here.



Application Dates


Open: Tuesday, March 30th 2021
Close: Wednesday, April 21st 2021 at NOON


Application Link here.



LEP Dates – 2020/2021


(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)


– Thursday, August 13, 2021 (8AM to 5PM)
– Friday, August 14, 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)





1.Fill out application form
2.Upload Resume & Bio
3.Upload brief essay
4.Upload high-resolution headshot photo
5.Supervisor Support Form & Reference Letter (this must be sent in directly by your current supervisor to LEP@UCF.edu Please note hat the reference letter must be on departmental letterhead {an electronic version works}.
(The Supervisor Support Form can be signed electronically).



Instructions for Brief Essay


– Write an essay about your current work situation, your career goals, and your expectations from a leadership enhancement program. In your essay please discuss:
– The programs, activities, and services for which you are responsible.
– The two most important challenges that you face in your current position.
– Your educational background and educational goals.
– Your short-term and ultimate career goals in higher education.
– The skills and experiences you believe will aid you in taking the next step in your career path.


Contact us by Phone or Email

(407) 823-6479 | LEP@ucf.edu