September - Week 4

Hello Everyone-
Below you'll find information about activities coming up this week at FCTL and beyond. Please remember to send me information about your community-based teaching and research at your earliest convenience— more info below. Below and in the attached flyers you’ll see details about new programs being rolled out by Student Disability Services for faculty, staff, and students. Attached you’ll also find a flyer about the keynote speaker for the Undergraduate Research conference coming up October 11—faculty are invited, and the topic should be relevant for all of us. I’m also attaching the Knight’s Pantry’s critical needs list again—remember that you can bring donations to the Faculty Center from now until October 31. And if you’re a faculty member in a health care field, check out the invitation below to be part of a new group working on chronic conditions. Finally, the Faculty Center is partnering with OEAS to support academic units’ work on institutional effectiveness efforts. If you would like to make an appointment to discuss these issues, please just reply to this email. We’d love to help you work on strategies to effectively report your results from last year and plan your assessments for the coming year.
Have a great 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, September 23rd Workshop: Deterring Plagiarism with 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 24th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Motivating Your Students to Reach Course Objectives 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Workshop: Enhancing Student Comprehension 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CNH-146

Wednesday, September 25th
Workshop: Creating a Positive Learning Environment 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m

Thursday, September 26th
FCTL/CSWF Book Club: Lean In 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (more info below)

Friday, September 27th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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

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 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 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 for more information and a list of campus resources involved in this initiative. If you have any questions or concerns, please email

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 ( For more information and to register, please visit

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 by Friday, Sep 27.

CENTER FOR SUCCESS OF WOMEN FACULTY UPCOMING EVENTS The CSFW has a number of opportunities coming up this fall, including: CSWF & FCTL Book Club: (Open to all Faculty) “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg, Thursday, September 26, 2013, Noon to 1:00pm, FCTL Conference Room. In Lean In, Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential. Sandberg digs deeper into these issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of “having it all.” She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home. Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. Read/Discuss Chapters 1 – 4.

Red Cross Adult CPR Class: (UCF Women Faculty Only) Tuesday, September 24, 2013 Student Union Sand Key Room 220, 8:30 to 1:00 The Center for Success of Women Faculty is pleased to announce a FREE Red Cross Adult CPR class for UCF Faculty. The Red Cross certification now is good for two years, and the certificates are printed on an 8.5" X 11" sheet of paper There are 20 seats available, and will be filled first come, first served. To reserve your spot please contact, Fran Ragsdale 407-823-4240

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 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

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:

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 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!

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