January - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Welcome back! Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. The Request for Proposals for the 2014 Summer Faculty Development Conference is now available. As usual, several tracks are accepting applications. Information is posted at this URL: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/Events/SummerConference/ . The application site for the Faculty Center track is available here: http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_d5p7WaQ9rvx6ta5
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 fctl@ucf.edu to make arrangements.)

Monday, January 13th
Workshop:Turnitin.com 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 14th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 15th
Workshop: Increasing Productivity with iPads 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m

Friday, January 16th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Message from Dr. Joel L. Hartman, Vice Provost, Information Technologies and Resources
In recognition of the increasing role of online learning at UCF, I am pleased to announce that the 2014 Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching is open for submissions. This peer-selected award acknowledges the outstanding work being done by UCF's faculty members who teach online. All full-time faculty are eligible, including both tenure-earning and non-tenure-earning. The award’s goal is to recognize our most innovative and effective online faculty. The winner will receive an iPad and registration to the annual Sloan-C conference on online learning. Details about the award and submission instructions can be found at http://award.online.ucf.edu/. Specific questions should be directed to the Center for Distributed Learning at distrib@ucf.edu. The deadline for nominations is February 14, 2014.

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.

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!

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