September - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. 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, September 8th
Workshop: Preventing Plagiarism with Turnitin.com 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Flipped Teaching Circle—12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Workshop: Oral Communication in Academia Series: Dealing with Communication Anxiety 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Colbourn Hall Graduate Student Center (CNH 146)

Tuesday, September 9th
STEM Education Research Reading Group 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Physical Sciences Building Room 445)

Wednesday, September 10th
Workshop: Ways to Assess and Use Students’ Prior Knowledge 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Workshop: iPads in the Classroom 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m

Thursday, September 11th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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

FLIPPED TEACHING CIRCLE- FALL COHORT
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: 9/8, 9/29, 10/27, and 11/17. Please email the Faculty Center at fctl@ucf.edu if you plan to attend.

STEM READING GROUP MEETING ON TUESDAY
Are you interested in STEM education? If you’d like to work with a group of colleagues to keep up with the research, consider joining the STEM Education Research Reading Group. We will meet every other week starting Tuesday, September 9th 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 “DBER and STEM Education Reform: Are We Up to the Challenge?” (Talanquer, 2014) published in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching. Contact Erin Saitta (erin.saitta@ucf.edu) or Jackie Chini (jchini@ucf.edu) for more information and to receive copies of the essays.

NEWS FROM THE CENTER FOR SUCCESS OF WOMEN FACULTY

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.

Tuesday, Sept 16, 2014, 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Student Union Room 223, CPR Training
The Center for Success of Women Faculty is pleased to announce a FREE Red Cross Adult CPR class for UCF women faculty. Red Cross certification now is good for 2 years. There are 20 seats available, and will be filled first come, first served. To reserve your spot please contact Fran Ragsdale (407-823-4240 or fran.ragsdale@ucf.edu).

Monday, Sept 22, 2014, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m., Fairwinds Alumni Center, President Hitt’s New Women Faculty Reception. All women faculty invited for celebration and community. CSWF Women of Distinction: Excellence in Social Justice and Sustainability Award winners will be announced.

NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY
UCF is now an official contributing member of PhilPapers! “PhilPapers is a comprehensive index and bibliography of philosophy maintained by the community of philosophers. Using advanced trawling techniques and large scale crowdsourcing, we monitor all sources of research content in philosophy, including journals, books, open access archives, and personal pages maintained by academics. We also host the largest open access archive in philosophy. PhilPapers has over 70,000 registered users.” Visit their website at http://philpapers.org.
Open Access Week, a global event now entering its eighth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.  “Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, science, industry, publishing, and for society as a whole.
You are invited to take advantage of a free event to discuss the possibilities open access publishing affords authors across a variety of disciplines. Join us on Monday, October 20th from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Teaching Academy room 117 for sessions focusing on Open Access publishing perspectives including…

  • Live online discussion with Peter Suber, director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication
  • Representatives from Springer, Gale, IEEE, and Taylor & Francis with information on Open Access publishing options and editorial processes
  • Discussions with six UCF Faculty members on their experiences with open access
  • Discussions with colleagues from area institutions

FLORIDA STATEWIDE SYMPOSIUM ON UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OCTOBER 10-11
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

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!

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