September - Week 3

Hello Everyone-

Below you’ll find info about activities coming up this week and beyond. Check out the attached flyer for a fall 2012 book club. FCTL staff members Eric Main and Erin Saitta will lead an interdisciplinary discussion of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring in this 50th anniversary year of its initial publication. Sign up soon to ensure that you’re one of the first ten respondents who secure a copy of the book.
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 to make arrangements.)

Monday, September 17th
Workshop: Academic Integrity and 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Open Session: Using your iPad in the Classroom 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 18th
Workshop: Speaking Credibly in the Classroom 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. CL1-205 Workshop: Prezi 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 19th
Workshop: Academic Integrity and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 20th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Workshop: Tips for Engaging Students in the Classroom 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Friday, September 21st
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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

Meetings will be on Tuesdays from 9-10 am on September 25th, October 9th, and November 6th in Physical Science, room 146. Contact Erin Saitta at if you are interested in participating.

This conference will be held at UCF February 21-24, 2013. GIP & KP is an interdisciplinary conference which invites papers from diverse fields, including Business, Education, Human Resources, Management, Organizational Behavior, Policy Studies, and Social Sciences. See attached flyer for more information.

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 – 4:00, Location: Student Union Cape Florida, Room 316CD
As a college Professor and mother, Dr. M.C. Santana finds time to volunteer and participate in community outreach programs all around Central Florida. "I think women can have it all, but perhaps not in the same week" Santana is jovial about her demanding schedule. She uses many techniques on how to stretch the day without stress. Come and share some time discussing these and other topics with a woman who makes success look like an easy task.

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. Dates are all Thursdays, September 13, (Chapters 1-3), October 25, (Chapters 4-6) and November 15, (Chapters 7-8). 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 .

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
Happy Hour – September 19 – Honors College conference room – 5 to 7 PM Members and guests are invited to attend and hear a report on our first year as well as goals for the coming year including our mentoring and scholarship programs. Officers will also be elected at this meeting. Food and drinks (including beer and wine) will be provided. Please RSVP to MC Santana at
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

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.

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

  1. 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:

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



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