January - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Welcome back! Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.
Have a great first week of the spring semester,
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.)

Tuesday, January 7th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Assessing Service-Learning 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 9th
Workshop: Reconsidering Learning Theories and Teaching Purposes 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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

INVITATION FROM THE PHYSICS DEPARTMENT: GUEST LECTURE ON WEDNESDAY
Michael Marder, a professor of physics and Executive Director of the UTEACH Science Progam at the University of Texas- Austin, will speak on Wednesday, January 8, at 4 PM in the Physical Sciences Building (PS), Room 161. UTeach is a program for the preparation of secondary math and science teachers, and has been emulated at more than 40 universities across the US. Marder is also involved in helping to introduce inquiry-based techniques into undergraduate teaching and developing science and math summer camps. Marder's talk will focus on theories for why US public schools are failing and how mistaken theories are putting public education at risk.

FROM THE OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH: INVITATION TO FACULTY
The Office of Undergraduate Research will be sending a team to the Council on Undergraduate Research: Integrating Undergraduate Research into the Curriculum Institute. This will be held at Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL on March 28-30. More information about this institute is available at: http://www.cur.org/conferences_and_events/institutes/integrating_undergraduate_research_into_the_curriculum/

OUR will fund the (1) institute, (2) group carpool mileage, and (3) two night hotel accommodation for selected faculty.
If you are interested in attending please send me an interest email to Kim Schneider (KRS@ucf.edu) by January 10 with the following:

    Name, department, current position
  • Confirm availability on March 28-30 and willingness to meet the UCF team 1 time before the institute and 2 times after the institute.
  • Details about the course you want to strengthen through the institute (2-3 sentences)
  • Why you think the opportunity would benefit your growth as a researcher and instructor (2-3 sentences)
Faculty accepted for funding MAY have to apply for the program separately. Questions? Contact KRS@ucf.edu.

 

 

 

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