September - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. We will offer Faculty Learning Communities again this fall. If you’re a returning faculty member, register here by September 3: . 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.

Thursday, September 4th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Brown Bag Lunch and Book Club 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ("Applying Science of Learning in Education: Infusing Psychological Science into the Curriculum" (2014), edited by Benassi, Overson and Hakala.)

Friday, September 5th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Theatre UCF and UCF School of Performing Arts welcome you to the 2014-15 theatre season. For a limited time, September 2-5, members of the UCF faculty and staff may purchase theatre subscriptions at discounted student prices. This year, the plays include BALTIMORE WALTZ, TREVOR, ARCADIA, and (A LOVE STORY). The musicals are THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, and NINE. More information about the season is available at For more details about the upcoming productions and about purchasing subscriptions and tickets, visit Call 407-823-1500 or visit our new box office in person between the hours of noon and 6 p.m. to order your subscription. (Please note that the Theatre box office location has changed. Tickets to Music and Theatre events may now be purchased in one location. The School of Performing Arts box office is now located in the Performing Arts Center Music building, PAC-M 119. The phone number remains the same: 407-823-1500.)

Thursday, Sept 4, 2014, 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m., Student Union Room 220. CSWF Successful Women Seminar Series – Dr. Denise Young, Associate Vice President Cocoa and Palm Bay Campuses. “Administration Takes Heart, Brains, and Courage: Lessons from My Years in Oz”. The Orlando campus had 17,000 students when Denise Young joined UCF, and it has been a fun journey! During her time at UCF she has served in administrative roles in the areas of International Studies, Academic Affairs, and the Regional Campuses and has taught in Social Work and Honors. Prior to coming to UCF she worked at the Board of Regents in Tallahassee, and taught and administered a Gerontology Program in Michigan. Denise believes administration is a “helping profession” and that good administrative work consists of service-oriented activity that supports the success of our students and faculty members. Each career path is unique, with a series of opportunities presenting new directions and challenges along the way. Join us for a discussion of lessons learned along one person’s “yellow brick road”.

Thursday, Sept 11, 2014, noon–1:00 p.m., CB-1, Room 207. CSWF & FCTL Book Club. “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world—and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented. This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.

Friday, Sept 12, 2014, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m., TA Room 321. Guided Tour of TeachLivE. TeachLivE™ Lab is a mixed-reality teaching environment supporting teacher practice in classroom management, pedagogy and content. Developed at the University of Central Florida, is currently being implemented across 42 campuses in the USA and growing to include multiple school districts and international partners. Each partner utilizes the TeachLivE™ Lab in a unique manner depending on the needs of their students, teachers, professors, and community stakeholders. The lab provides pre-service and in-service teachers the opportunity to learn new skills and to craft their practice without placing “real” students at risk during the learning process. Tour Guide: Pegasus Professor Lisa Dieker, Exceptional Education Program, College of Education and Human Performance.

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 for event updates, symposium details, and registration information. Contact the UCF Office of Undergraduate Research for more questions,


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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