September - Week 4

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 22nd
Workshop: Preventing Plagiarism with Turnitin.com 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.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 23rd
STEM Education Research Reading Group 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Physical Sciences Building Room 445)

Thursday, September 25th
Workshop: Strategies for Organizing Course Content to Increase Learning 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, September 26th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

STEM EDUCTION READING GROUP
The STEM Education Research Reading Group will meet on Tuesday September 23rd 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 “Teaching Assistant Professional Development in Biology: Designed for and Driven by Multidimensional Data” (Wyse, Long, & May, 2014) published in CBE-Life Sciences Education. Contact Erin Saitta (erin.saitta@ucf.edu) or Jackie Chini (jchini@ucf.edu) for more information and to receive copies of the essays.

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: 9/29, 10/27, and 11/17. Please email the Faculty Center at fctl@ucf.edu if you plan to attend.

NEWS FROM THE CENTER FOR SUCCESS OF WOMEN FACULTY

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.

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.
Dates/Times/Locations:

  • 9/24 from 1:00 – 3:30 in SU Key West Room 218 A
  • 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.

NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY

  • LGBTQ+ History Month
    • In recognition of LGBTQ+ History month, the UCF Library is pleased to provide links to valuable information resources. The UCF Library is working closely with the PRIDE Coalition of UCF to acquire and maintain resources in support of LGBTQ+ History Month. The UCF Library fully supports PRIDE @ UCF as well as LGBTQ+ History month and more information on the cause as well as our partnership can be found at http://guides.ucf.edu/glbtq. Any UCF affiliated user may make suggestions for additional materials by contacting Michael Arthur, Head of Acquisitions & Collection services at 407-882-0143 or michael.arthur@ucf.edu
  • Sabin Americana
    • The UCF Libraries is pleased to announce Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 as new major addition to the collection.
      Based on Joseph Sabin’s famed Bibliotheca Americana, the collection offers researchers access to over 14000 primary source books, pamphlets, serials and other works about the Americas from the time of their discovery to the early 1900s.
  • Springer Complete e-Books
    • Springer is a major publisher of academic and professional books and series. The e-books are suitable for research, study, and course projects, and can be assigned as textbooks. UCF Libraries has perpetual rights and online access to Springer books from 2005 to current publications. The collection now exceeds 20,000 titles. All UCF-affiliated users have access from 1997 to 2014 to all of Springer's major book series, including the popular Lecture Notes Series.
    • The agreement between UCF and Springer allows for any fair use of the content for educational purposes, including embedding the content in Canvas. Access is available to all UCF students and employees, with off campus access enabled by EZproxy. A link to Springer e-books can be found within the articles and database page on the UCF Library website.

UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN
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

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!

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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