April - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.  We’d like to ask your help with something.  As part of our ongoing efforts to understand faculty needs and improve program effectiveness, we are conducting a faculty survey.  I know we’re all suffering from survey fatigue, but we really need your input, so please take a few minutes to complete it. You can access the Qualtrics survey at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bISU3vGAAktDzE1. It will be available until May 15th.  Thanks for your support. 
Have a great week!

Wednesday, April 8th
Russian Culture Night 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (see details below)

Thursday, April 9th  
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
STEM Education Research Reading Group 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Physical Sciences Building, room 445

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

Russian Culture Night, presented by Dr. Alla Kourova. Wednesday, April 8 at 5:00 p.m. in CB1-205. Come and enjoy Russian food and the friendly atmosphere of the Faculty Center Culture Night.
Please RSVP to Alla.Kourova@ucf.edu.

The STEM Education Research Reading Group will next meet on Thursday, April 9th in the Physical Sciences building room 445 from 12:30-1:30 to discuss chapter 6 of Reaching Students: What Research Says About Effective Instruction in Undergraduate Science and Engineering. A free PDF of the book can be downloaded fromThe National Academies Press website. Contact Erin Saitta (erin.saitta@ucf.edu) or Jackie Chini (jchini@ucf.edu) for more information.
The remaining dates and corresponding chapters are listed below: 
Thursday April 9th - Overcoming Challenges (Chapter 6)
Thursday April 23rd - Creating Broader Contexts (Chapter 7)

The Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) has been operating from the Harvard Graduate School of Education since 2003. Currently, UCF is participating in this survey to better understand faculty climate and satisfaction.

These survey invitations have come to your UCF email inboxes from COACHE, which is providing individualized web links. You can find your link to the 25-minute web-based survey by searching for the sender email address, coachefaculty@opinioncast.com. Your responses will be reviewed and analyzed by COACHE.  This data will help UCF become an even better university.  If you have not responded yet, please do!  Any questions, please let us know.

As your students begin to preregister for fall classes, please encourage them to consider becoming tutors in the University Writing Center. Successful completion of ENC 1102 is the only prerequisite. We’re especially eager to recruit students from a wide range of majors and language backgrounds.  Please direct interested students to the UWC’s “Become a Tutor” webpage, which includes a NEW, brief video about working in the UWC:  http://uwc.ucf.edu/becomeatutor.php.  As an added incentive for STEM majors, the UWC is offering a NEW tuition scholarship to cover the cost of in-state tuition, fees, and books for this course. An application is available on the UWC homepage: http://uwc.ucf.edu/files/Atkins_Tuition_Award_2015.pdf.

The Office of First Year Experience (FYE) and the Common Reading Committee cordially invite you to attend the inaugural Common Reading Book Reveal Party! Join us on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 4:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. in the Teaching Academy Rm 117.  Stop by for information on the Common Reading Program and the new book selection. Light refreshments will be served, and you’ll have an opportunity to mingle with colleagues and the Common Reading Committee. We look forward to seeing you there as we kick off this year’s Common Reading Program!

Award Opportunities
This year, at the Diversity Breakfast, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be reinstating our longstanding practice of presenting awards to organizations and individuals who have shown commitment and dedication to advancing the university's fourth strategic goal of "becoming more inclusive and diverse."  Applications for the three Diversity & Inclusion Impact Awards may be downloaded from our website at www.diversity.ucf.edu.  The deadline to submit an application is 12:00 Noon on Friday, August 14, 2015.  The awards will be presented at the Diversity Breakfast on October 12, 2015. 

Diversity Week Student Poster Contest
This year, our Knights are once again invited to participate in the Diversity Week Student Poster Contest and to share their creative sides with the UCF and Central Florida communities.  To enter and for complete rules, participants may visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's website at www.diversity.ucf.edu.  The first place winner will be the poster that best represents the 2015 Diversity Week theme:  RESPECT UCF:  Engaging, Exploring and Advancing an Inclusive Culture.  Entries should be submitted to dayanara.hudson@ucf.edu by 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.  Winners will be announced on Monday, July 13, 2015.

Catalina magazine founder and editor, Cathy Areu, will speak as a guest of Global Perspectives on her entrepreneurial and print-industry success over breakfast on Friday, April 10th. Areu has been called a "magazine maven" by NPR, one of New York City's "most influential women" by the Oxygen TV Network, a "woman of vision" by DC's WashFM, and an "infobabe" by Rush Limbaugh (and other things by Howard Stern). She is a long-time Washington Post Magazine contributing editor, and the author of "Latino Wisdom." Space is limited – RSVP to Nicole.MedinaCollazo@ucf.edu Location – Psy 101, 9:30-11:00 am.

Academic Integrity and personal accountability are some of the most important values that members of the UCF Faculty aim to promote and educate our students on both inside and outside of the classroom. However, every now and then, students may deviate from the high academic standards that are put in place at this institution and find themselves in scenarios where they have either cheated on, plagiarized, or inappropriately assisted a fellow Knight on an assignment. This one-hour presentation is designed to provide information and resources to all members of the UCF Faculty on the process and procedures of reporting any incidents involving Academic Integrity that they may have become aware of, and their role in the Student Conduct process. The Office of Student Conduct, a division of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, provides educational opportunities that foster individual growth, ethical development and personal accountability while promoting the core values of the university: integrity, scholarship, community, creativity, and excellence.
The sessions will be held in the Faculty Center, CB1-207, on the following dates and times:
·         April 15th, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
·         April 22nd, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

On April 8th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the Morgridge International Reading Center, Student Disability Services will facilitate a panel of students who will speak to some of the barriers and challenges that exist when people without disabilities communicate with people with disabilities. The goal of the discussion is to make communication and interaction more comfortable for everyone and the students are excited to share what we believe will be some powerful and insightful thoughts. Feel free to share with faculty and students in your programs who may be interested in late semester extra credit or additional learning opportunities. We have enough space so anyone interested in bringing a class to the event is welcome to do so.

The Faculty Center is bringing together a group of faculty members across campus who study learning spaces and their impacts on classroom outcomes.  If you conduct this kind of research and/or are interested in doing so, please email melody@ucf.edu to learn more.

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 2015-2016 Student Conduct Review Board. The application will be available on our website from February 10th – April 10th.

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).

Science Advances, the free, new open access journal from AAAS, is now available online. The next generation in the Science family of journals, Science Advances features high quality, peer-reviewed research across the sciences. Science Advances lets researchers and readers alike access this high-impact research anytime, anywhere, at no cost. The journal’s commitment to content diversity and quality is reflected in recently published articles, including: “Unprecedented 21st century drought risk in the American Southwest and Central Plains,” and “Distinct plasma immune signatures in ME/CFS are present early in the course of illness.”

The UCF Libraries recently added Indigenous Peoples: North America with funding from the UCF Technology Fee. This rich database allows you to explore the political, social, and cultural history of Native Peoples from the 16th century until well into the 20th century. Indigenous Peoples: North America illustrates the North American story with depth and breadth. Here’s a sample search on Indians in central Florida. This resource is available 24/7 to unlimited simultaneous users, so it’s a great teaching resource, and easy to distribute. The content is suitable for use in the classroom or in Canvas.  Once you arrive at a place of interest, simply press the “Bookmark” icon to create a URL of searches, titles, chapters, articles, or even passages. Embed or send the URL to the appropriate place, and you’re set.


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