October - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find info about activities coming up this week and beyond. Attached is a Call for Proposals for the 2013 International Conference on Doctoral Education, which will be held at UCF in April and is sponsored by the College of Education.
Have a great week!

(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, October 8th
Workshop: Incorporating Inquiry Techniques in the STEM Classroom 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 9th
STEM Education Research Reading Group 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PS-146

Wednesday, October 10th
Workshop: Enhancing Student Comprehension 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. CNH-146

Thursday, October 11th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Workshop: Academic Integrity and Turnitin.com 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

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

Monday October 8th, 2012, 4:00pm-6:00pm, Brighthouse Stadium
A reception will be held in your honor! We invite all the Black Faculty and Staff members of UCF for a time of fellowship! Meet and greet with other members of the UCF community. Parking is available in the E8 Lot: http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/ucf/genrel/auto_pdf/2012-13/misc_non_event/12-goldzone-parking-map.pdf. For more information please contact Germayne Graham at 407-823-2223.

In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the National Forum on Information Literacy (NFIL), President Barack Obama first proclaimed National Information Literacy Awareness month in October, 2009. Over the past several months, the NFIL has been working to gain gubernatorial support for public policy proclamations. Governors in ten states have issued Information Literacy Awareness Proclamations, and twenty-four states and one U.S. territory have also committed to creating drafts to seek proclamations. During Information Literacy Awareness Month —October 2012 we encourage you to spread the word about the ways the UCF libraries provide support to integrate information literacy concepts and skills by:

Interested in STEM education but need motivation to keep up with the research? The STEM Education Research Reading Group will meet three times this semester to discuss and reflect on the National Research Council’s 2012 publication titled “Discipline-Based Education Research: Understanding and Improving Learning in Undergraduate Science and Engineering.” Requested by the National Science Foundation, this publication looks across physics, chemistry, biology, the geosciences and astronomy to: 1) synthesize empirical research on undergraduate teaching and learning in the sciences; 2) examine the extent to which the research currently influences undergraduate science instruction; and 3) describe the intellectual and material resources that are required to further develop discipline-based education research. A free copy of the publication can be downloaded here http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13362

Meetings will be on Tuesdays from 9-10 am on October 9th and November 6th in Physical Science, room 146. Contact Erin Saitta at erin.saitta@ucf.edu if you are interested in participating.

PFSA is a professional organization for LGBTQ and ally faculty and staff. If you are interested in being added to the listserv for the group, please send an email to Hank.Lewis@ucf.edu.

Potluck Dinner & Stop Kiss – October 10 – Honors College conference room & UCF Theatre – 5:30 PM
Join us for a potluck dinner and then enjoy the play, Stop Kiss at the UCF Theatre. Purchase your tickets from the box office and let them know you are with the PFSA group. To assist in planning please RSVP to Marty Dupuis at Martin.Dupuis@ucf.edu.

As the time for the campus migration to a new Learning Management System draws near, the Center for Distributed Learning is offering a number of faculty development workshops. You can check out the schedule at this URL: http://teach.ucf.edu/resources/webcourses-migration/canvas-training/.

WRC/FCTL Women’s Book Club
The Women’s Research Center and FCTL are pleased to announce that the Fall 2012 book club selection will be, “Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide” by L. Babcock and S. Laschever (Princeton University Press; ISBN 0-691-08940-X). This is an important study of how women can become their own best advocates by knowing how to ask for exactly what they want in their public and private lives. October 25 – Chapers 4-6, November 15 – Chapters 7-8, Times are Noon – 1:00pm, FCTL CL1 - Room 207F

UCF Faculty Parents Workshop
“From the trenches: faculty parents share experiences of parenting in academia” In this first WRC – sponsored workshop on work/family life and the demands of an academic career, the faculty panelists will answer questions suggested by the UCF Faculty Parents Network Facebook Group pertaining to experiences such as negotiating maternity leave, maintaining an active research agenda while parenting small, preteen, and teenaged children, time management, and sharing resources for “making it work.” The discussion is open to the public and attendees are encouraged to participate in the discussion as the goal of this workshop is to foster an open conversation on the vicissitudes of parenting in academia. October 18, 2012, 2:30pm – 4:00pm, ENGR 327

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!

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