October - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. As a reminder, our faculty survey is open until October 10th. We would appreciate your response as part of our ongoing efforts to understand faculty needs and improve program effectiveness. Please take a few minutes to provide us with feedback. You can access the Qualtrics survey at http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_1FTUdil6okZpLgx. Thanks for your support.
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.

Monday, October 6th
Workshop: Oral Communication in Academia Series: Professional Communication 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Colbourn Hall Graduate Student Center (CNH 146)

Tuesday, October 7th
i>clicker Presents i>clickerGO: the Mobile Device Solution 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Faculty Media Center (CB1 202)
STEM Education Research Reading Group 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Physical Sciences Building Room 445

Thursday, October 9th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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

Are you interested in helping educate other students on their rights and responsibilities as university community members, facilitating an understanding of the balance between individual and community rights, and promoting a safe and inclusive atmosphere conducive to student success? Are you excited about encouraging students to embody the tenets of the UCF Creed: integrity, scholarship, community, creativity and excellence? The Office of Student Conduct is looking for UCF faculty/staff and student community members who are dedicated to upholding the above-mentioned principles to volunteer to serve on the 2014 - 2015 Student Conduct Review Board. The application will be available on our website from October 1st - October 17th. For additional information regarding the qualifications and training of Conduct Board Members, as well as a link to the application, please visit http://osc.sdes.ucf.edu/scb. If you need additional information, please feel free to contact Chanda Postell (Chanda.Postell@ucf.edu).

i>clicker, UCF’s most-used student response system, also has a little known secret: i>clickerGO. With i>clickerGO, students may use their devices (i.e., phone, tablet, laptop) instead of a physical clicker. Giving instructors the ability to offer more choices to students, they can have a mix of both devices and remotes in their i>clicker classroom. The i>clickerGO is a cheaper alternative to the physical remote, but does require sufficient wifi in the classroom. This interactive demonstration will show the features and functionality of i>clickerGO alongside physical, i>clicker remotes. The event will take place on Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Faculty Media Center (CB1 202)

STEM EDUCATION RESEARCH READING GROUP The STEM Education Research Reading Group will meet on Tuesday October 7th 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 Bayer Facts of Science Education XVI: US STEM Workforce Shortage-Myth or Reality? Fortune 1000 Talent Recruiters on the Debate” (Bayer Corporation, 2014) published in Journal of Science Education and Technology. Contact Erin Saitta (erin.saitta@ucf.edu) or Jackie Chini (jchini@ucf.edu) for more information and to receive copies of the essays.

The flipped classroom teaching circle will be meeting four times throughout the fall semester to exchange ideas, share resources, and discuss topics related to flipping the classroom. Meetings will be in the Faculty Center (Classroom Building I room 207) from 1-2pm on the following Mondays: 10/27, and 11/17. Please email the Faculty Center at fctl@ucf.edu if you plan to attend.

All UCF faculty are invited to register for “Using Social Media to Enhance Community in Your Classes,” part of UCF’s Faculty Seminars in Online Teaching. This session will be held from 1:00pm-1:30pm on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, in the John C. Hitt Library, room 161B. While this series is designed with online faculty in mind as an on-going follow-up to IDL6543, all members of the UCF community with an interest in online teaching are invited to participate. You may participate face-to-face or online. Complete information, including session abstract and speaker bios, is available at http://ucf.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c6eb0546da36b1129f815dd92&id=3dea47e09b&e=7d818b6964 . Please note that to more flexibly meet the needs of our diverse community, this seminar will be highly focused (i.e., 30 minutes for presentation and discussion), will include numerous “take-away” resources, and will be recorded for later review/sharing online.

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.

  • 10/16 from 1:00 – 3:30 in SU Cape Florida 316 D
  • 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 https://my.ucf.edu. The course is DIV223.

We are pleased to announce a call for submissions for new TOPR entries from now until October 31, 2014. Selected entries will be announced in December 2014.
This peer-reviewed scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) resource is emerging as a go-to destination for faculty/designers in search of ideas for online and blended courses. Each entry is highly focused on one teaching practice with a solid description, concrete example(s), relevant professional practice or research literature, and keywords connecting to other practices.
For more information, visit http://bit.ly/topr or contact TOPR@ucf.edu. Please consider submitting an entry using the submission form at http://bit.ly/topr_submission.

Monday, Oct 20, 2014, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Student Union Room Key West Room 218C. CSWF Successful Women Seminar Series – Carol Wick, Chief Executive Officer, Harbor House. “How do we Change the World?” Carol Wick, CEO of Harbor House of Central Florida knows firsthand the ups and downs of managing one of the largest domestic abuse centers in the US. One that has and is having an impact globally in the area of domestic violence and violence against women. Beyond being the CEO of a multi‐million dollar business, she also is a mom, an athlete and a volunteer. She will talk about what it takes to run a cutting edge nonprofit in today’s world and how you really can make a difference at home, in your community, and around the world.

Friday, Oct 24, 2014, Noon – 1:00 p.m., CB‐1 Room 207. CSWF & FCTL Book Club. “Do Babies Matter?: Gender and Family in the Ivory Tower” by Mary Ann Mason, Nicholas H. Wolfinger, Marc Goulden. Do Babies Matter? is the first comprehensive examination of the relationship between family formation and the academic careers of men and women. The book begins with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, moves on to early and mid‐career years, and ends with retirement. Individual chapters examine graduate school, how recent PhD recipients get into the academic game, the tenure process, and life after tenure. The authors explore the family sacrifices women often have to make to get ahead in academia and consider how gender and family interact to affect promotion to full professor, salaries, and retirement. Concrete strategies are suggested for transforming the university into a family‐friendly environment at every career stage.

The UCF Library is pleased to announce that we now have access to the Digital National Security Archive. The Digital National Security Archive contains the most comprehensive set of declassified government documents available. The resource consisting of over 100,000 meticulously indexed documents, with more than 700,000 total pages. Each of these collections, compiled by top scholars and experts, exhaustively covers the most critical world events, countries, and U.S. policy decisions from post World War II through the 21st century. Together, these collections offer unparalleled access to the defining international strategies of our time. Glossaries, chronologies, bibliographies, overviews, and photographs are included. This database can be found on UCF’s library website or by following this link: http://library.ucf.edu/Web/purl.asp?pid=1439.

The University of Central Florida United Way Campaign is pleased to announce a special panel presentation that will take place in the Morgridge International Reading Center on Wednesday, October 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The distinguished panel will discuss the topic of homelessness in university communities. Additional information can be found at http://liveunited.ucf.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/Expert-Panel-Flyer1.pdf

The 7th annual Florida Statewide Symposium: Engagement in Undergraduate Research has been scheduled for October 10–11, 2014 at the University of Central Florida, Orlando. Faculty, administrators, and staff from Florida universities, state colleges, and community colleges are invited to participate. Presentation submission and participant registration is open until September 12, 2014. Last year 94 participants from 24 institutions attended.
We are excited to announce that Dr. Linda Blockus will be the keynote speaker this year. Dr. Blockus is the Director of Undergraduate Research at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The title of her talk is Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research: Nurturing an Environment for Success.
Please visit www.researchsymposium.ucf.edu for event updates, symposium details, and registration information. Contact the UCF Office of Undergraduate Research for more questions, www.our.ucf.edu

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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