October - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about upcoming activities and opportunities at FCTL and beyond. Attached you’ll find the following:

  • The RFP for the 2012 Winter Faculty Development Conference (due November 9; contact FCTL with questions)
  • Flyers about two events happening this week—Tuesday’s information session on Fulbright fellowships hosted by the Office of International Studies and Friday’s research symposium hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research
  • A flyer for our annual FCTL Halloween party, which will take place from 1-2:30 on October 31st
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.)

Tuesday, October 16th
Workshop: Enhancing Student Comprehension 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. CL1-205
Information Session on Fulbright US Scholar Program 1:30-4:30 p.m. Teaching Academy Room 130 (see flyer attached)

Wednesday, October 17th
Workshop: Incorporating Service-Learning into the STEM Classroom 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Workshop: Visual Aids 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. CL1-205
Workshop: Academic Integrity and Turnitin.com 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 18th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
UCF Faculty Parents Workshop sponsored by the Women’s Research Center 2:30-4 p.m. ENGR 327 (more info below)

Friday, October 19th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Presentation: "An Overview of the Assessment Practices of Undergraduate Research" (Mary Crowe, President, Council of Undergraduate Research and Associate Provost, Florida Southern College) 1:30- 3:00 p.m. Key West Ballroom (see flyer attached)

FROM THE LIBRARY-OCTOBER 2012 -- NATIONAL INFORMATION LITERACY AWARENESS MONTH! 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:

For additional information about services, please visit the Information Literacy (Infolit) web site at http://infolit.ucf.edu or contact us at infolit@ucf.edu (submitted by Corinne Bishop, Information Literacy & Outreach)

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.

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 this Thursday
"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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