August - Week 3

Hello Everyone-
Welcome back!  Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.  Remember to call or stop by if you need help getting through your first week of the fall semester.
Please note the following reminders:

  1. By now you’ve all heard about the Fall 2014 requirement that we document students’ academic engagement in all courses early in the term using Webcourses@UCF/Canvas.  The Faculty Center is partnering with the Center for Distributed Learning to provide you with support for completing that task.  Reps from both offices will be onsite in the Faculty Center (CB1 Room 207) from 8-5 Monday-Friday this week.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance.  The process need not take more than a few minutes to set up.
  2. Please consider donating food or funds to the campus Knights Pantry early in the semester.  This is a particularly lean time for many of our students who face financial hardships, and we all know that it’s also a critical period that can make or break their success in a course.  Drop off donations at the Faculty Center or click here to learn more about the pantry and to donate: .
  3. Putting the final touches on your fall syllabi?  Check out the Faculty Center’s Semester Essential page, which includes required syllabus elements and a link to sample policy statements on a wide range of issues: .  See info to share with students about the University Writing Center below. 
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 18th
Workshop: Making the Most of the First day of Class 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
The first day of class sets the tone for the entire semester. This session will provide valuable tips to engage your students and start your course off right. We will focus on logistics and class activities that lead to a positive learning environment. Specific examples will be provided for both experienced and novice teachers as well as small and large class sizes.

Thursday, August 21st
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, August 22nd
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

INFORMATION TO SHARE WITH STUDENTS ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER (for inclusion in syllabi, class discussions, etc.)

  • 105 Colbourn Hall
  • Hitt Library - Information/Reference Desk & 425
  • Rosen College Library
  • Chemistry Tutoring Lab - CHM 321
  • Global UCF - 4365 Andromeda Loop N, Suite 384
Phone:  407-823-2197

The University Writing Center (UWC) offers writing support to UCF students from first-year to graduate in every discipline. Trained peer consultants provide help at every stage of the writing process, including understanding assignments, researching, drafting, revising, incorporating sources, and learning to proofread and edit. The UWC’s purpose is not merely to fix papers or to make better writers, but to teach writers strategies to navigate complex situations for writing, both in and outside the University. Consultations are available for individuals and small groups. To make the best use of the UWC, visit far enough before your due date to allow yourself time to revise after your consultation, browse the writing resources on our website, and arrange a regular weekly appointment if you’d like long-term help. You may schedule a 45-minute appointment by phone or by using the TutorTrac scheduler on our website; walk-in consultations are also available. In addition, the UWC seeks graduate and undergraduate tutors from all majors; contact the UWC to learn more about peer writing consulting and ENC 4275/5276: Theory & Practice of Tutoring Writing, our three-credit tutor-education course.

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.

On Monday, August 25, in Student Union 316CD, join the Office of Research & Commercialization from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for the State of STEM Education Conference. In recognition of the importance of STEM education, this event will showcase STEM education developments at UCF. A keynote presentation will provide up-to-date information about National Science Foundation investments in STEM education.
RSVP to by August 11th. .

Having trouble getting into a good writing rhythm? Need to get away from your office for 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!




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