October - Week 4

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about upcoming activities and opportunities at FCTL and beyond. Attached you’ll find the RFP for the 2012 Winter Faculty Development Conference, which is due November 9, and a flyer for our annual FCTL Halloween party, which will take place this Wednesday from 1-2:30. Please also note the attached announcement from the Center for Writing Excellence, which is seeking new undergraduate and graduate tutors. Please share this info with students in any field who might be good candidates. 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 30th
VA Representative Meet and Greet 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (see information below)
Workshop: Professional Communication 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. CL1-205

Wednesday, October 31st
Halloween Open House 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 1st
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, November 2nd
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Workshop: Academic Integrity and Turnitin.com 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Student veterans are a unique group on the UCF campus. Along with an array of positive characteristics, student veteran face a number of unique challenges. To better serve the student veterans on campus, the Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center and UCF have partnered to host the VA’s VITAL Initiative. This program places VA mental health staff on the UCF campus to conduct outreach to student veterans, provide mental health services to the student veterans, and provide education about veterans’ needs to the staff and faculty. Dr. Bryan Batien is joining the UCF team as the VITAL coordinator. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and has been with the VA for almost two years. He is also an Iraq combat veteran and brings a combination of professional and real life experience to this position. FCTL will be hosting a series of meet and greet sessions with Dr. Batien over the next few weeks. Please stop by and find out how this partnership can help you in your work with student veterans. The first session is this Tuesday at 10 a.m. in CL1 207.

During International Week, "Russian Culture Night" will be held on Wednesday, November 14 from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm at the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. The event will feature Russian food and two presentations:

  • "The Education Controversy: New Russian Law on Education". New legislation in Russia, scheduled to be implemented before the end of the 2012, is expected to result in drastic changes in the country's education system. These changes will affect all educational levels, from pre-schools to universities, with foreseeable reforms in both the schooling and school funding of such institutions. (Dr. Alla Kourova)
  • "Ukraine's experience in the creative implementation of the ideas of the Bologna Process". ( Dr. Tatiana Norman)

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/.

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE WOMEN’S RESEARCH CENTER 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

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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