June - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.  Spots are filling up for Teaching and Learning Day 2014 (June 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.), so register soon at http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_eh6XPaE3Jj3pHfv.  Our guest speaker will be Dr. Gail Shuck from Boise State University, and she will discuss strategies for successfully working with international students in your courses.  Lunch will be provided for the first 30 faculty members who register.

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.

Tuesday, June 3rd
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, June 6th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENT JUNE 27: Discussion of Not Alone, The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault
We have a few spots available for a special event that will be hosted by the Faculty Center on June 27 at noon.  UCF’s own Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Services (SDES), Maribeth Ehasz, was part of the team that put together Not Alone: The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault, which was released in April of this year and can be accessed at this URL: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/report_0.pdf. Dr. Ehasz will be joined by Associate Vice President for SDES Patti MacKown, Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Maria Beckman, and Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer Rhonda Bishop in a discussion with faculty about the evolution of this task force and report and about the issue of sexual assault on campuses, including UCF.  Lunch will be provided, and to facilitate conversation attendance will be limited to 20.  Please RSVP by emailing fctl@ucf.edu if you’d like to join us.

We are very excited to announce that the UCF Libraries will be participating in International Open Access Week from October 20–26, 2014. The week will include programming and events tailored towards our faculty and graduate students’ interests related to open access topics. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to fill out a brief, nine item survey to help us develop programs and events that will help start the conversation about Open Access at UCF. No fields are required; please feel free to share as much or as little information as you’d like with us. 
Please note that all information shared will only be used to help plan for Open Access Week 2014 events. No sharing or publication of any information you send us will occur.


  • The UCF Libraries now has access to Nature Communications, a highly requested multidisciplinary journal that publishes high-quality research from all areas of the natural sciences. Papers published by Nature Communications represent important advances of significance to specialists within each field.
  • The UCF Libraries is also now providing access to Gale Artemis, a path-breaking research experience that unites Gale’s digital archives and reference collections. By building a seamless research environment for multiple collections, Gale is creating the largest digital humanities and social sciences collection in the world. On the Artemis platform, users can engage with primary sources through subject indexing, term frequency and term clusters.
  • Lastly, the UCF Libraries is happy to be a founding member of JSTOR. In order to maintain complete JSTOR holding the UCF Libraries has added Business IV and Arts & Sciences XII to the existing array of titles already in the JSTOR collection. The Business IV Collection builds on the strong economics and business foundation of the Business I, II, and III Collections. Arts & Sciences XII expands coverage of the social sciences, and comprises disciplines with high usage and broad appeal.

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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