August - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Remember to call or stop by if you need help getting ready for the fall semester.
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, August 4th
STEM Education Reading Group 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Physical Sciences Room 445

Tuesday, August 5th Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 7th
Webinar on Institutional Support and Resources for Online Accessibility 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Friday, August 8th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty is pleased to announce the third year of the UCF Women of Distinction awards to highlight the achievements of outstanding women faculty at UCF. Three awards will be given in this year for “Excellence in Social Justice & Sustainability,” broadly defined. Accomplishments can be related to community service, service-learning, research, programming, and/or other forms of advocacy. Self-nominations are encouraged. Please visit CSWF website for more information and application

The group will be discussing “Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics” published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences as well as “Classes should do hands-on exercises before reading, video” featured in the news section of the Stanford website. Please join us Monday, August 4th from 12-1 pm in Physical Sciences room 445. Contact Erin Saitta ( or Jackie Chini ( for more information and to receive copies of the essays.

As you work to prepare your fall courses, keep in mind the importance of making all course materials and activities accessible and inclusive for all students.  The Faculty Center partners with Student Disability Services and the Center for Distributed Learning to support you in this effort.  Reach out to any of our offices for assistance or information, and check out the following websites for more info:  SDS: CDL: Faculty Center: .

WEEKLY ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TIP FROM STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES Throughout the academic year, the Office of Student Disability Services will regularly provide tips for making your courses more inclusive and accessible for all students.  Here’s this week’s tip:
Consider the contrast of text and background:  Lighthouse International has a useful discussion of color contrast for people with low vision or colorblindness at However, be aware that black text on a bright white background may be problematic for some people with learning disabilities. Black text on a lightly tinted background or white text on a dark background will likely work better.

Join a faculty writing club to 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!

Spotlight on Library Resources

  • ARTstor – The ARTstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. ARTstor is currently available through the library’s website.
  • The UCF Libraries has a current subscription to The Journal of Short Film, a quarterly DVD publication of peer-reviewed short films of all genres. Each issue contains 90-120 minutes of independent short film per volume. Issues held by the library are available at the Media Desk on the 3rd floor of the John C. Hitt Library. The Journal is devoted to the distribution of the underrepresented medium of short film and issued under the auspices of The Ohio State University film studies program. To date, the Journal has published and distributed 200 films and filmmakers from its completely free submissions process.

New Acquisitions

  • IOP eBooks –  IOP has moved into the e-book world. This brand new collection brings together innovative digital publishing with leading voices from across physics to create an essential collection of physics books for a digital world. UCF purchased access to the 2014 imprints and will gain access to each upon publication.
  • HRAF (Human Relations Area Files) – An internationally recognized organization in the field of cultural anthropology. HRAF’s mission is to encourage and facilitate the cross-cultural study of human culture, society, and behavior in the past and present.
  • These new resources are currently being licensed and will soon be available through the library’s website.

Notification to Interlibrary Loan Users
The Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services (ILL/DDS) Department is making some necessary changes to our systems. We are updating the ILLiad database and implementing the campus-wide practice of single sign-on.  ILLiad was implemented on January 3, 2005. Since that time, we have processed over 591,500 requests. In order to ensure patron privacy, we must delete transactions that were submitted prior to December 31, 2010. If you are relying on ILLiad to keep a bibliography of what you have ordered over the years, you need to save your information elsewhere. You can contact the ILL/DDS department at 407-823-2383 or and ask to have a copy of your transaction history sent to you in an Excel file. To comply with the new UCF Computer Services and Telecommunications policy, we are changing how users login to ILLiad. After August 3, 2014, you will be able to login with your NID.  ILL/DDS services will be down the week of August 3, 2014 as we implement the necessary changes.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ILL/DDS department at or 407-823-2383.

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Melody Bowdon
College of Arts and Sciences Melody    Bowdon I have taught undergraduate writing classes for over twelve years, and the most gratifying aspect of my experience has always been seeing students make ethical use of the concepts and techniques that they learn from my classes in their lives as professionals and citizens. For me, teaching writing is teaching think...

Tison Pugh
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Kristen Schellhase
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