June - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.  We have a few spots open for Teaching and Learning Day, which will happen this Friday.   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!
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, June 10th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, June 13th
Teaching and Learning Day 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

STEM EDUCATION READING GROUP MEETING JUNE 16TH
The group is kicking off June with two essays related to misconceptions. The two papers offer opposing opinions on the same idea, which we hope will lead to a fruitful discussion at our meeting! Please join us Monday June 16th from 12-1 pm in Physical Sciences room 445. Contact Erin Saitta erin.saitta@ucf.edu or Jackie Chini jchini@ucf.edu for more information and to receive copies of the essays.

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.

UCF LIBRARIES OPEN ACCESS WEEK SURVEY
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. https://ucf.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8zTTUrPBITQsagJ&Preview=Survey&BrandID=ucf

UPDATE FROM THE LIBRARY
There are 15 new Business Expert Press titles in the UCF eBook collection. A complete list of the 250 BEP titles owned by UCF can be viewed at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/ucf/home.action. All BEP books are on the eBrary platform with unlimited uses and can be downloaded in entirety as PDFs. Some of the newest titles include:

  1. The Intelligent International Negotiator
  2. Building Better Econometric Models Using Cross Section and Panel Data
  3. Developing Successful Marketing Strategies
  4. Viral Marketing and Social Networks
These make excellent textbooks or required readings for classes!

FACULTY WRITING CLUB SUMMER 2014
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!

IF YOU TWEET…
If you tweet about teaching and learning issues, please follow me on Twitter @MelodyBowdon; I’ll follow you too!

 

 

 

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