May - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Thanks to the more than 200 faculty and staff members who participated in the 2014 Summer Faculty Development Conference and to our partner units and presenters from across campus who supported their efforts. The conference was a great success and we’ll soon be posting pictures and other materials on the Faculty Center website. Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. The staff and I will be around all summer to provide support for all of your teaching activities, so please stop by. Summer is a great time to get started on a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project, and we’d love to help.
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.

Monday, May 12th
Workshop: Engaging Students on the First Day of Class 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, May 13th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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

UPDATE FROM THE LIBRARY
Beginning this summer, the UCF Library will begin to support the PhilPapers Foundation. PhilPapers is a comprehensive index and bibliography of philosophy maintained by the community of philosophers. This online research hub combines the following four services:

    1. A publication index of philosophy journal articles, book reviews, books, and book chapters in all languages.
      An open access aggregator that indexes open access philosophical content found on over one thousand access archives and three thousand personal pages maintained by professional philosophers.
      An open access archive that hosts the largest collection of open access philosophical material on the Internet.
      A structured bibliography comprising nearly five thousand subcategories covering all subjects in philosophy.
  • 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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