September - Week 4

Hello Everyone-

Below and attached you’ll find info about activities coming up this week and beyond.
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.)

Tuesday, September 25th
STEM Education Research Reading Group 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. PS-146
Open Session: Best Practices in Directing and Theses 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Workshop: Academic Integrity and 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Workshop: iProductivity: Apps to Get Work Done 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 26th
Workshop: Dealing with Communication Anxiety 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. CL1-205

Thursday, September 27th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Tips for Engaging Students in the Classroom 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Friday, September 28th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Teaching with Case Studies 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 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.

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

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

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:

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/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.

UCF Global Perspectives Office co-sponsored with the Women’s Research Center
Main Theme: The Changing Face of Freedom in Today’s Turbulent Times Secondary Theme: Environment and Global Climate Change
Ananya Vajpeyi Topic: India: Old Words, New World October 9, 2012 – 3:00PM – 4:30PM UCF Student Union, Cape Florida Ballroom

UCF Faculty Parents Workshop October 18, 2012, 2:30pm – 4:00pm, ENGR 327
"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.

Successful Women Seminar Series Date: October 30, 2012 Time: 2:30PM – 4:00PM Location: Student Union Cedar Key Room 223
The UCF Women’s Research Center invites you to our 4th presentation in our "Successful Women Seminar Series".
"Using Virtual Reality to Treat Real Fears and Anxiety" – Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Director Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and UCF Anxiety Disorders Clinic
Twenty-five years of research has demonstrated that exposure therapy is the most effective treatment for anxiety disorders, including social phobia and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD). The core of this treatment entails coming into contact with the feared object, even or situation. The challenge for therapists is to be able to "engineer" that exposure so that the proper elements of the fear are presented. How does one arrange exposure to an airplane in bad weather? An auditorium full of disapproving listeners? A HUMV explosion in Iraq? Virtual reality has become a valuable tool to allow exposure to occur in optimal fashion. In this presentation, Dr. Beidel will discuss how the UCF Anxiety Disorders Clinic is using virtual reality, in clinical research activities to develop more effective interventions for the treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and children.

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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