August - Week 3

Hello Everyone-

Well it’s almost that time again! On Monday and Tuesday of this week the FCTL staff will be busy welcoming over 100 new colleagues to campus during New Faculty Orientation, but if you need assistance getting ready for the fall semester please stop by later in the week to talk about syllabi, assessment strategies, using technology and more. We look forward to helping you make this a successful semester. We’ve developed a new resource that may come in handy for you. Check out our new publication Teaching at UCF, a brief book that puts many of the key policies and processes related to our work in the classroom together in one place. Here’s that URL: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/FacultySuccess/SemesterEssentials/content/teaching_at_ucf.pdf. Below is info about other activities coming up this week and beyond.
Have a great week!
Melody

HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 20TH
(All events will be held in CL1 207 unless otherwise noted. If you would like to participate in a workshop via webconferencing, please email fctl@ucf.edu to make arrangements.)

Monday, August 20th
Workshop: Engaging Students on the First Day of Class 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 21st
Workshop: Prezi: A New, Free Alternative to PowerPoint 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Workshop: Academic Integrity and Turnitin.com 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 23rd
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, August 24th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

APPLY NOW FOR A NEW FACULTY LEARNING COMMUNITY
If you are interested in meeting once a month or so with fellow new colleagues for a conversation about teaching, researching, balancing faculty roles, and anything else you’d like to discuss, please consider applying to be part of a Faculty Learning Community (FLC). Each interdisciplinary group of 10-12 will meet once per month in September, October, November, January, February, and March. In April we’ll have a finale event for all FLC participants. Topics to be covered in meetings will be finalized by participants but may include UCF-specific issues like writing across the curriculum and teaching and research awards, hot topics in higher education nationally and internationally, or strategies for personal and professional success. The application is attached and is due by August 29. If there is interest among experienced faculty, we may also form additional FLCs, so apply or inquire if you are interested.

FACULTY FELLOW FOR ACADEMIC INTEGRITY FALL OFFICE HOURS
This year FCTL is partnering with the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities to support a faculty fellow for academic integrity. Amelia Lyons of the Department of History will hold office hours every Thursday from 4:30 to 5:30 at FCTL. If you would like to learn more about the new system for handling possible academic integrity violations or talk about strategies for developing assignments that discourage academic dishonesty and promote deep learning, please stop by to chat with Amelia.

AN INVITATION TO FACULTY FROM THE OFFICE OF STUDENT INVOLVEMENT: HOMECOMING 2012
The Office of Student Involvement has asked that we extend on their behalf a special invitation for faculty to participate in homecoming activities this fall. The first 50 faculty members to arrive at the faculty reception table for Spirit Splash on Friday, November 2, will receive a free t-shirt. For details about the activities of homecoming week, go to ucfhc.com.

JOIN THE FCTL GREATER ORLANDO HEART WALK TEAM!
UCF has supported the Greater Orlando Heart Walk for the past ten years. Provost Tony Waldrop has invited everyone on campus to get involved with this year's walk, which will take place on Saturday, September 15, at Loch Haven Park. Like many groups on campus, FCTL will have a team. Please consider joining our team as a walker or a donor.
To join our team, please go to this URL: http://tinyurl.com/facultycenter-heartwalk and select "join our team."
For more information about the walk, go to http://greaterorlandoheartwalk.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1008015.

COME WALK WITH US!
To prepare for the September event, we are leading walking sessions Monday – Thursday at 1:00, and we will walk around campus between 30 and 60 minutes. Feel free to join in when you can. We will meet at the Classroom Building Patio (the south side of the building facing the pond and cypress dome) and leave by 1:05. The sessions will start on Monday, August 6, 2012 and will run right up until the week before the walk. Route map attached. So put your walking shoes on and come join us! RSVP: Eileen.Ryan@ucf.edu

2012 FLORIDA BOOK AWARDS COMPETITION NOW OPEN
Submission Deadline is Dec. 1, 2012
Awards categories include General Fiction, Young Adult Literature, Children’s Literature, Florida Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular Fiction, Visual Arts, Spanish Language Book, and General Nonfiction. Entries, which can be submitted by anyone (e.g. publisher, author or literary agent), must have both an original publication date between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2012, and an International Standard Book Number (ISBN).
2012 winners will be announced in February 2013. For general information, entry form, requirements, and detailed instructions for the 2012 Florida Book Awards, visit http://floridabookawards.lib.fsu.edu/index.php

FACULTY WRITING CLUB 2012
Join a faculty writing club to start your fall semester off with a focus on productivity and camaraderie. Having trouble getting into a good writing rhythm? Need to get away from your office to get a change of perspective and a little privacy? Forget the coffee shop--join your colleagues on Thursday and Friday mornings from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in FCTL for a loosely structured writing session. We'll take five or six minutes each week to go around the room and state a goal for the time block and then spend the rest of the time working on our individual projects. Bring your own laptop or use an FCTL computer. And of course there will be coffee. Everyone is welcome!

IF YOU TWEET…
If you tweet about teaching and learning issues, please follow me on Twitter @MelodyBowdon; I’ll follow you too!

Melody Bowdon, Director
UCF Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Phone: 407-823-3544
melody@ucf.edu

 

 

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