October - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Below you'll find information about activities coming up this week at FCTL and beyond. As you can see, this post is extra long—please check out all of the announcements below; there are several new ones this week. Two reminders: 1) the Faculty Center is partnering with OEAS to support academic units’ work on institutional effectiveness efforts. We’d love to help you work on strategies to effectively report your results from last year and create a plan for 2013-2014 that can help you to meaningfully assess gains in student learning. If you would like to make an appointment, please just reply to this email. 2) Please remember to send me information about your community-based teaching and research at your earliest convenience— more info below.
Have a great week!
Melody

HAPPENINGS FOR THE 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 fctl@ucf.edu to make arrangements.)

Monday, September 30th Workshop: Creating a Positive Learning Environment 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 1st
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 2
Alternative Break Program Faculty Advisor Interest Session 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. (more info below)

Thursday, October 3rd
Alternative Break Program Faculty Advisor Interest Session 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. (more info below)

Friday, October 4th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Enhancing Student Comprehension 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

STEM ED READING GROUP FALL MEETINGS
The STEM Ed Reading Group will be reading the book How People Learn, which connects research about the brain and learning theory into classroom actions and practices. The book is available for download free of charge at http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?isbn=0309070368). All meetings are in PSB 445 from 12 – 1 PM. Our discussion schedule is: Oct 8: pages 3 – 51; Oct 22: pages 52- 113; Nov 5: pages 114- 190; Nov 19: pages 190 – 232. Part IV will be discussed at the first spring meeting. Contact Jackie Chini (jchini@ucf.edu) with any questions. <\p>

PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM
The Physics Department will host physics education researcher John R. Thompson from the University of Maine for a colloquium on “Research on the Learning and Teaching of Upper-level Thermal and Statistical Physics” on Friday, October 11 at 4:30 PM in PSB 161. All are welcome to attend.

CREATING ACCESSIBLE ONLINE COURSE CONTENT IN WEBCOURSES@UCF
October 10, 2013, 12p.m.-1p.m. in the Faculty Multimedia Center, Classroom Building 1, Room 202 In this session, presenters will discuss a variety of resources and services that will help faculty create basic, accessible Wiki Pages in Webcourses@UCF (Canvas). It will include strategies to add or modify content such as the following items: headings, tables, adding a URL, and adding images and video components such as YouTube clips. Ideas and concerns of participants will be solicited. Advance registration ensures adequate resource planning and facilitates the distribution of follow-up materials. For complete information or to register, please visit: http://www.oir.ucf.edu/index.php?q=FMworkshopseries This session is co-hosted by the Center for Distributed Learning, the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Instructional Resources.

ALTERNATIVE BREAK PROGRAM FACULTY ADVISOR INTEREST SESSIONS THIS WEEK
Volunteer UCF is looking for engaged faculty members to serve as advisors for the Alternative Break Program. The Alternative Break Faculty Advisor plays a crucial role in helping students increase their awareness of social and intellectual issues throughout the trip in a safe and effective manner. Come to one of the workshops to learn about being a Faculty Advisor for one of these exciting student-led volunteer trips. The sessions will be interactive, so bring your questions. We are looking for faculty members and A&P staff to participate. If you cannot attend, but you are interested in learning more and/or applying to become a faculty advisor for a future Alternative Break Program trip, please fill out our online interest form at http://ucf.collegiatelink.net/organization/vucf. Once you log in, you will find the application under forms. Workshop dates are Wednesday, October 2 from 12:00 PM-12:45 PM CB1 207 and Thursday, October 3 from 3:00 PM- 3:45 PM CB1 207. Trip Dates are: Winter: December 12-19, 2013 and Spring: March 2 – 9, 2014. For more information, visit http://osi.ucf.edu/abp/

PROGRAMMING TO PROMOTE AWARENESS OF DISABILITY ISSUES ACROSS CAMPUS
Student Disability Services is pleased to present two series of programs to bring awareness to disability issues. Creating and maintaining an accessible environment requires the involvement of everyone on campus. One series is dedicated to faculty and staff, who expressed a need for such programming during a survey last year. The other series is geared towards students. Aspiring student leaders and those who will seek employment in fields that impact the general public will find these sessions valuable. These programs will take place in the month of October when UCF celebrates diversity week. SDS also partners with Career Services to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness month. Attached are two fliers, which provide information on the programming activity. Please take a moment to review the series of programs and encourage as many peers and students as you can to attend these sessions.

REMINDER: PLEASE SUBMIT INFO ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH AND TEACHING
If you haven’t already, you will soon hear that UCF is applying for reaffirmation of our Carnegie Foundation Community Engaged Classification. In 2008 our university was among the first in the country to secure this honor, and I’m happy to be part of a team of people from across campus who are working on our application to maintain our status. Team members will be contacting faculty, students, staff, and administrators across campus to request a variety of information, but I would like to make a specific request of those of you who are reading this message. If you are a faculty member who has “ not only incorporated community-based teaching and learning into courses, but turned that activity into research to improve teaching and learning through the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), i.e., publishing articles, making presentations, conducting studies of their courses, conducting workshops, etc.” would you please contact me to share some details of your efforts? We want to highlight as many faculty members who have done this kind of work as possible. The team and I will also be collecting data and details about a wide range of community-based research activities, so if you conduct collaborative research in the community, please send me your contact info so I can arrange a time to discuss it with you. If you’re not sure if your work fits this category, I can provide more info if you reach out to me. If you know someone who does this kind of work but who might not receive this message, please consider forwarding it to me at melody@ucf.edu.

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH GROUP FOCUSING ON CHRONIC CONDITIONS MEETING OCTOBER 9
A collaborative research group focusing on chronic conditions will begin meeting October 9, 2013. This initiative is led by the College of Nursing and College of Health and Public Affairs, and will focus on building a virtual Center of Excellence in Chronic Condition Management and Research. The Center will bring together professionals from various disciplines, including academic research, public health, hospitals, primary care clinics, and community organizations that promote public health, to find optimal community intervention practices. Please join us for this meeting from noon to 1 p.m. on October 9, 2013 in COHPA HP1, Room 335. Please RSVP to linda.gibson-young@ucf.edu as lunch is provided.

OPEN SUPPORT LABS HOSTED BY CDL
Open support labs provide an opportunity to work on your online courses and ask questions of Online@UCF Support staff if needed. Come any time during the open hours (we recommend no later than 30 minutes before the end of the lab). These special sessions will be hosted in OIR’s Faculty Multimedia Center in Classroom 1, room 202. To RSVP, please fill out the short form at http://teach.ucf.edu/professional-development/training/ Dates and times are Wednesday, October 2, 12 noon – 2 pm and Wednesday, October 16, 10 am – 12 noon.

UCF CARES: WORKSHOPS FOR FACULTY LED BY STUDENT DEVELOPMENT AND ENROLLMENT SERVICES
Starting a conversation with a student in distress can be difficult. Come learn how to help build a culture of care. These workshops will cover key indicators and provide talking points when working with students struggling with day-to-day challenges. There are three different opportunities to join SDES staff in discussing how to talk with students and how to refer with confidence to specific departments and resources when a student reaches out to you for help.

  • Tuesday, October 15th from 1:00 – 2:00 pm Student Union Room 220
  • Wednesday, November 13th from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Student Union 220
Please also visit our website http://cares.sdes.ucf.edu for more information and a list of campus resources involved in this initiative. If you have any questions or concerns, please email ucfcares@ucf.edu.

VOLUNTEER UCF INVITES YOU TO TAKE PART IN KNIGHTS GIVE BACK
Knights Give Back is UCF’s campus-wide day of service. UCF students, faculty and alumni will unify to support the Central Florida community and make a lasting impact. Please join us on Saturday, October 19, 2013. Contact: Shelby Olson, Student Director Volunteer UCF (vucf_director@ucf.edu) For more information and to register, please visit http://osi.ucf.edu/knightsgiveback/

BROWN BAG LUNCH AND BOOK CLUB: PARKER PALMER’S THE COURAGE TO TEACH
The first ten faculty members to sign up will receive a copy of Parker J. Palmer’s The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life. This book builds on a simple premise: good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher. It is about connecting or reconnecting with our passion for our vocation and our students. We will meet in the FCTL conference room, CL1-207, on four Thursdays during the Fall term: Oct 10, Oct 24, Oct 31, and Nov 7, 12:00 till 1:30 p.m. Please RSVP to fctl@ucf.edu by Friday, Sep 27.

VOLUNTEER UCF SEEKS FACULTY ADVISORS FOR ALTERNATIVE BREAK PROGRAM
Volunteer UCF is looking for engaged faculty members to serve as advisors for the Alternative Break Program. The Alternative Break Faculty Advisor plays a crucial role in helping students increase their awareness of the social topics that emerge throughout the trip in a safe and effective manner. If you are interested in learning more about this position and applying to become a faculty advisor for a future Alternative Break Program trip, please fill our online interest form at http://ucf.collegiatelink.net/organization/vucf. Once you log in, you will find the application under forms. Please feel free to visit the program website for further information or reach out to Haley Winston if you have any questions. Trip Dates: Fall: November 8-11, 2013; Winter: December 12-19, 2013; MLK: January 17-20, 2014; Spring: March 2 – 9, 2014

VETERANS ACADEMIC RESOURCE CENTER CONFERENCE OCTOBER 4
You are invited to attend the second annual one-day conference hosted by the Veterans Academic Resource Center (VARC) at UCF! This year’s conference, “Student Veteran Survival Kit: Tools to Engage, Empower, Employ,” will be held Friday, October 4, 2013 here at UCF Orlando Campus. Our featured speakers Michael Dakduk, Executive Director of the Student Veterans of America and Dr. Bryan Batien, VITAL (Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership) Coordinator for the Orlando VA Medical Center, will discuss the tools faculty, student affairs professionals, and certifying officials can utilize as we seek to engage our returning student veterans, empowering them to achieve success, while personalizing their campus experience. Early bird registration of $ 75.00 includes Conference fees, including access to all keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, morning & afternoon breaks, lunch and all materials. To register or submit a proposal visit this website: http://varc.sdes.ucf.edu/conference/

2013 FLORIDA BOOK AWARDS COMPETITION NOW OPEN; DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS DEC. 2, 2013
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 http://floridabookawards.lib.fsu.edu.

FACULTY WRITING CLUB FALL 2013
Join a faculty writing club to start your 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 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!

IF YOU TWEET…
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