November - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. As a reminder, the online survey for QEP selection is available until November 7th at You can find detailed information about all of the possible topics there. Please also encourage your students to participate—this survey is a critical part of our efforts.
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 to make arrangements.

Monday, November 3rd
Improving Your Undergraduate Class: A Conversation 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 4th
STEM Education Research Reading Group 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Physical Sciences Building Room 445
Hazing Prevention Workshop 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Fraternity and Sorority Life Conference Room (see more information below)

Thursday, November 6th
QEP Faculty Listening Group: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, November 7th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Nov 3: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in CB1-205
Nov 19: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in CB1-205
Nov 24: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in CB1-205
You are invited to join an open conversation with colleagues who also value undergraduate education and want to improve it. There will be no set agenda for this meeting, but for conversation starters, we could consider Chickering and Gamson’s principles for good practice in undergraduate education: How can we encourage better interaction between us and our students? Develop cooperation among students? Encourage more active learning? Improve on our feedback? Get students to spend more time in quality study? Get buy-in for higher expectations? Or help them engage with multiple perspectives, talents, and ways to learn? We hope you can attend.

The STEM Education Research Reading Group will meet on Tuesday November 4th in the Physical Sciences building room 445 from 12-1 to discuss articles and publications related to discipline-based education research. This week we will discuss “The Comprehensive Assessment of Team Member Effectiveness: Development of a Behaviorally Anchored Rating Scale for Self and Peer Evaluation” (Ohland et al, 2012) published in The Academy of Management Learning and Education. Contact Erin Saitta ( Jackie Chini ( for more information and to recive copies of the essay.

Be Courageous! LEAD the Charge! UKNIGHTED against Hazing!: The UCF Hazing Prevention and Education Committee would like to invite you to a professional development series on prevention strategies for university and college campuses. Facilitated by experts in specific prevention strategies and processes, each session will include time for discussion and questions. Please RSVP for the webinar(s) that you would like to attend as soon as possible by contacting Adrianne Demetry at or 407-823-2223. There will be sweets and treats for all participants but space is limited! If you have any questions or concerns please contact Germayne Graham at or 407-823-2223.
Is the Social Norms Approach Viable as a Hazing Prevention Strategy?
Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 Time: 12:30PM – 2:00PM EST Location: Fraternity and Sorority Life Conference Room
Featured Presenter: Alan Berkowitz, Social Norms Expert Consultant
Using Leadership Theory for Hazing Prevention
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014 Time: 2:00PM – 3:30PM EST Location: Cedar Key, Room 223
Featured Presenter: Daniel Tillapaugh, Postdoctoral Fellow in Higher Education, University of Maine; Dr. Elizabeth Allan, Professor, Higher Education, University of Maine; Lauri Sidelko, Director, Wellness Resource Center, University of Maine.

Textbook policy
The UCF Library has updated their textbook policy to the following:

“The UCF Libraries builds collections that support the teaching and research mission of UCF. The goal is to build breadth and depth in the various UCF supported disciplines while taking into account two key factors - funding and space. These factors weigh in the decision by the library not to purchase textbooks. The number of textbooks used at UCF each semester would require both funding and space that the library does not have. These textbooks often change edition very quickly leaving the library with outdated copies that take up valuable space. Finally, without the ability to purchase most of the textbooks any attempt to collect would result in the library benefitting some students while negatively impacting most. Occasionally students will find books in the UCF Libraries that are assigned as textbooks. This happens because the book has been selected on its merits and not because it is an assigned textbook.”

IOP e-books is a new, award-winning program of digital first STEM e-books. UCF has purchased access to all 2014 titles, and more information can be found at

This interactive workshop will examine the key components of different accessible materials formats. Participants will learn about the needs of those who benefit from accessible materials. A demonstration will be given to explore the assistive technology tools used by individuals. Finally, UCF employees will be provided with resources and a list of tips on what can be done to make sure materials are accessible 11/13 3:30 p.m. in OD & Training Room. See the attached document for further details.

Led by Student Disability Services, this interactive workshop will explore some of the greatest disability barriers that exist in day-to-day activities. The discovery will lead to a paradigm shift in how disability is viewed. Everyone who attends will be able to identify at least one action-item take-away that they can use to contribute to a more accessible and inclusive environment for people with disabilities. 11/19 9:30 – 12:00 in SU Cape Florida 316
To Register: Faculty and Staff ONLY, register online via your My UCF account at The course is DIV223.

Having trouble getting into a good writing rhythm? Need to get away from your office for a change of perspective and a little privacy? Forget the coffee shop--join your colleagues on Thursday 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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