November - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.
Remember: proposals for our Winter Faculty Development Conference are due Monday, November 10th by 5:00 p.m. Submit yours at 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.

Wednesday, November 12th
Designing a Meaningful Early Assignment to Document Academic Activity 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (see details below)

Thursday, November 13th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Adjunct Faculty Learning Community 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday, November 14th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Designing a Meaningful Early Assignment to Document Academic Activity 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Come to this workshop to set up your Spring 2015 webcourse in order to have everything in place for the start of the new semester. We will review several options for recording academic activity, including ways to make it a meaningful part of your course design. You will need to have completed the Faculty Webcourse Manager step in the myUCF portal at least 24 hours before attending the workshop (see for instructions).
11/12 1:00-2:00
11/14 1:00-2:00
11/17 11:00-12:00
11/19 10:00-11:00
11/21 11:00-12:00
11/24 1:00-2:00
11/25 10:00-11:00
11/26 1:00-2:00

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.
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.

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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.

Access the Library Off-Campus – Easier and Better:
Over the Summer, UCF transitioned to NID as the login credential to sign-on to systems across campus, including Canvas, wi-fi, and, most likely, your campus PC. That same credential also works for all Library accounts and systems including EZproxy, ILLiad (for interlibrary loan and document delivery, and for book renewals and holds in the catalog. Did you know that once you log in with your NID via any of the UCF Federated ID systems you can smoothly browse to any of the other systems, in most cases bypassing further sign on requests? See the Off Campus Access page for more details, options for alternate login credentials, tips for faculty who use VPN, and for a sneak peek at LibX – a browser plugin that can make any link through UCF EZproxy.
Synthesis Digital Library:
Synthesis Digital Library by Morgan & Claypool, delivers 50- to 100-page ebooks that synthesizes an important research or development topic. The books, which M&C dubs Lectures provide ideal entry points to new areas for researchers, advanced developers, and students. For the professor and student, it provides a source of information on advanced topics that will be more accessible than the journal literature and that can be relied upon to be authoritative and complete. As with all UCF Libraries subscriptions, the M&C titles can be assigned as readings and links can be embedded in Canvas.
UCF Libraries’ collection of Lectures is growing as Synthesis releases new titles in their topical series. New titles added in October include Spaces of Interaction, Places for Experience and Useable Security: History, Themes, and Challenges.
For more Synthesis titles and information visit:

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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