October - Week 3

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Winter Faculty Development Conference. This year the sessions will focus broadly on improving undergraduate education. Proposals are due November 10 by 5:00 p.m. and can be submitted at http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_cVkB7l2hWqk8u0d. Also, don’t forget to participate in the QEP survey and/or listening groups. See details below.
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, October 20th
Improving Your Undergraduate Class: A Conversation 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Faculty QEP Listening Group: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (all are welcome and you don’t have to stay the entire time)

Tuesday, October 21st
Improving Your Undergraduate Class: A Conversation 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
STEM Education Research Reading Group 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Physical Sciences Building Room 445

Thursday, October 23rd
Faculty QEP Listening Group: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (all are welcome and you don’t have to stay the entire time)
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, October 24th
Faculty QEP Listening Group: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (all are welcome and you don’t have to stay the entire time)
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
FCTL & CSWF Book Club 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

STEM EDUCATION RESEARCH READING GROUP
Interested in STEM Education but need motivation to keep up with the research? Join the STEM Education Research Reading on Tuesday (see details above) to discuss and reflect on recent literature. Anyone is welcome to attend. This week’s article is “The Teaching Practices Inventory: A New Tool for Characterizing College and University Teaching in Mathematics and Science” by Carl Wieman and Sarah Gilbert, which is available here: http://www.lifescied.org/content/13/3/552.full.pdf+html. Contact Jackie Chini (Jacquelyn.Chini@ucf.edu) for more information.

IMPROVING YOUR UNDERGRADUATE CLASS: A CONVERSATION
October 20: 12-1 in CB1-205
October 21: 12-1 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.

CLASSROOM ENGAGEMENT WITH TOP HAT October 30, 3-5 p.m.
Faculty Multimedia Center-CB1-202
You are invited to attend a demonstration of Top Hat, a classroom engagement tool for mobile devices (www.tophat.com). The demo will be led by Top Hat representatives, Connor Jeffers and Patrick Forbes, and will feature Kathy Cook from UCF’s College of Health and Public Affairs, an experienced user of polling technologies. Please RSVP to patrick@tophatmonocle.com by 5:00 p.m. October 28th.

FLIPPED TEACHING CIRCLE—FALL COHORT
The flipped classroom teaching circle will meet 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 1-2 pm on the following Mondays: 10/27 and 11/17. Please email the Faculty Center at fctl@ucf.edu if you plan to attend.

UPCOMING WEBINARS TO PREVENT HAZING ON CAMPUS
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 Ademetry@ucf.edu 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 germayne.graham@ucf.edu 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.

FACULTY INVOLVEMENT IN QEP SELECTION—SURVEY AND LISTENING GROUPS
Please help support this process in any or all of the three following ways:
CAMPUS- AND COMMUNITY-WIDE ONLINE SURVEY:
Available until November 7, 2014 at: http://undergrad.ucf.edu/qep/development/qualtrics-survey (You’ll find detailed info about all of the possible topics here.)

LISTENING GROUP SESSIONS: (All are welcome—no reservation required!)
October 20, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Classroom Building 1, Room 205
October 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Classroom Building 1, Room 205
October 24, 10:00 a. m.-12:00 p.m., Library, Room 157
October 30, 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m., Classroom Building 1, Room 205

ELECTRONIC TOWN HALL MEETING: (Log on from the comfort of your home or office!)
October 27, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Adobe Connect Login information will be on the QEP Web site at: http://undergrad.ucf.edu/qep/development/listening-groups

STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES WORKSHOP: EXAMINING THE REAL DISABILITY BARRIERS
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 https://my.ucf.edu. The course is DIV223.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: TEACHING ONLINE PEDAGOGICAL REPOSITORY (TOPR)
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.

NEWS FROM THE CENTER FOR SUCCESS OF WOMEN FACULTY
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.

ACCESSIBILITY TIP FROM STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES
Add proper alt text to images in documents:
Use alt text to provide access to the content of images for individuals who cannot see them, including people using screen readers or Braille output devices. Alt text is supported by most document formats, including HTML, Microsoft Word, and Adobe PDF. http://ncdae.org/resources/cheatsheets/#accessibility2

FACULTY WRITING CLUB FALL 2014
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!

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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