August - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Below you'll find information about activities coming up this week at FCTL and beyond. Remember—if you’re interested in incorporating a new technology, activity, or approach into your fall class, or if you want to explore conducting a scholarship of teaching and learning project during the upcoming year, stop by or call us. Please also note that the 2013-2014 edition of Teaching at UCF is now available. You can access the PDF at this address: Check it out for info about a variety of topics of relevance to all teaching faculty.
Have a good week!

(All events will be held in CB1 207 unless otherwise noted. If you would like to participate in a workshop via webconferencing, please email to make arrangements.)

Monday, August 5th
Workshop: Engaging Students on the First Day of Class 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Creating a Positive Learning Environment 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 6th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Effectively Communicating Expectations to Students 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, August 7th
STEM Education Research Reading Group 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. PSB-146

Friday, August 9th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This event has been scheduled for October 11-12, 2013 here at UCF. Presentation submission and registration are open now through September 13, 2013 ( Dr. Patricia Pukkila, Professor of Biology Emerita from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and founding director of UNC’s Office of Undergraduate Research, will be the keynote speaker this year. The title of her talk is, “What is College For?: Engaging Students in Intellectual Work through Multiple Modes of Mentoring.” Please visit for event updates, symposium details, and registration information. If you have any questions, please contact the UCF Office of Undergraduate Research at or 407-823-3125.

Established in 2006 and now the most comprehensive state book awards program in the nation, the contest recognizes and celebrates the year’s best books penned by full-time residents of the Sunshine State, with the exception of submissions to the Florida Nonfiction and Visual Arts categories, whose authors may live elsewhere. The contest categories include General Fiction, Young Adult Literature, Children’s Literature, Florida Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular Fiction, Visual Arts, Spanish Language, and the recently added category for General Nonfiction. Entries, which can be submitted by anyone (e.g. publisher, author or literary agent), must have both an original copyright date between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2013, and an International Standard Book Number (ISBN). Applicants are encouraged to submit their books into competition any time after the competition is launched, and as soon as possible after books are officially published. All entries must be received no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 (this is not a postmark deadline). For general information and the entry form, requirements, and more detailed instructions for the 2013 Florida Book Awards, visit

Join a faculty writing club to start your summer 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 Tuesday 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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