September - Week 1

Hello Everyone-

Below you’ll find info about activities coming up this week and beyond. Please contact us at FCTL if you have any questions.
Have a great (short) week!

HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 3RD (All events will be held in CL1 207 unless otherwise noted. If you would like to participate in a workshop via webconferencing, please email to make arrangements.)

Thursday, September 6th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Workshop: Best Practices in Directing Dissertations and Theses 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Friday, September 7th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. FCTL Open House for Kevin Yee 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (see below—RSVP requested)

“Flipping the classroom” is a trending term for a course model in which students are asked to absorb course content by watching online lectures and completing reading outside of class while class time is reserved for discussion, group work, and other activities that help to solidify learning. Whether you are already interested in flipping your course or you are just looking for a way to use class time more effectively, consider participating in this funded faculty development opportunity. In addition to learning about the flipped teaching method and how to redesign your course, you will learn how to research its impact by participating in a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) project led by FCTL staff. Workshops will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on the following Mondays: 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, and 11/5. A maximum of ten participants will be selected and each will receive a $300 participation grant upon completion of the project and submission of the deliverable. To apply, please send your Name, Department/College, and a brief (200 word maximum) description of the course you would like to address & your rationale for wanting to explore flipping the classroom to Proposals are due by September 13, 2010.

As many of you may know by now, Kevin Yee, who has been part of the FCTL staff since 2004, will soon begin an exciting new position at the University of South Florida. We all are sorry to see him go, but wish him the very best with this new endeavor. We’d like to invite you to join us for an open house in Kevin’s honor on Friday, September 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. Stop by to wish him well and have a piece of cake. To RSVP, please email Eileen at

Attached you will find a flyer about upcoming FCTL workshops on communication and presentation skills. Please share this information with your graduate students; faculty members are welcome to attend too!

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. Please check out the schedule at this URL:

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.

Successful Women Seminar Series
“What else do you do?: The life of a woman professor – Discovering the community around you” M.C. Santana, Associate Professor, Digital Media School of Visual Arts & Design, Director of Women Studies Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Time: 3:00 – 4:30, Location: TBD

WRC De-Stress for Success
To promote a sense of community for women faculty across all disciplines at UCF (especially new faculty), and to encourage women faculty at UCF to participate in some of the opportunities and events on campus.
To participate, you will select from a diverse list of events that will be listed on our website. Those who participate in a minimum of 5 different events over the course of the semester will receive a WRC tote bag full of goodies. Please see click on link below for more information!!

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. We will be meeting three times during the fall semester to discuss the book while eating our brown-bag lunches. We have purchased 4 copies of the book. If you would like to borrow one, please let contact Fran Ragsdale via email Dates are all Thursdays, September 13, October 25 and November 15, 2012. Times are Noon – 1:00pm FCTL CL1 - Room 207F
Women’s Research Center - Ice Cream Social To celebrate completing the first month of the semester, UCF Women’s Research Center invites you to our 1st Ice Cream Social, Thursday Sept 20, 2012 from 2:00-4:00pm, CL1 Room 207 (FCTL)
Come by and get the scoop about what’s going on at the Women’s Research Center. For more information visit .

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

To prepare for the Greater Orlando Heart Walk in September, FCTL staff members 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 September 15 walk. Put your walking shoes on and come join us! RSVP:

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 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



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