April - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.  If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to complete our Faculty Center survey. You can access it here: 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 15th
Academic Integrity and the UCF Student Conduct Process 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 16th  
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Creating a Meaningful Last Day of Class 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (see details below)

Friday, April 17th
Workshop: How Learning Works 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (see details below)
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Create a Meaningful Last Day of Class
Join us during this workshop to explore ways to make the last week of classes culminate and make lasting impression. Techniques for reflection, feedback, and planning ahead will be discussed as well as implementation ideas for both small and large classes.

How Learning Works
This workshop is based on the book How Learning Works: Seven Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan Ambrose, et al. Participants will learn about the seven principles and apply them to their own teaching.  The principles address students’ prior learning and motivation, course organization and climate, mastery learning, providing feedback, and encouraging self-directed learning.

The STEM Education Research Reading Group will next meet on Thursday, April 23rd in the Physical Sciences building room 445 from 12:30-1:30 to discuss chapter 7 of Reaching Students: What Research Says About Effective Instruction in Undergraduate Science and Engineering. A free PDF of the book can be downloaded from The 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 23rd - Creating Broader Contexts (Chapter 7)

Turnitin Plagiarism Education Week – Academic Integrity Webinars COMING UP
Hosted by the Office of Integrity and Ethical Development and the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
·         Monday, April 20th 1:00 – 2:00 pm – “Changing Culture to Promote Integrity: Why Progress is Possible”
·         Tuesday, April 21st 1:00 – 2:00 pm – “Narcissism and Extrinsic Values: Understanding Student Trends that Impact Plagiarism and Cheating”
·         Wednesday, April 22nd 4:00 – 5:00 pm – “The Cultural Implications of Contract Cheating”
·         Location for all three webinars – Classroom Building I Room 202
·         Webinar descriptions can be found at http://turnitin.com/en_us/resources/plagiarism-education-week
Representatives from the Office of Integrity and Ethical Development will be present to provide discussion regarding the culture of academic integrity at UCF.  The Office of Integrity and Ethical Development is responsible for meeting with students found in-violation of academic misconduct through workshops, seminars, and coaching sessions.

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.

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.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Noon – 1:30pm, FCTL, CB-1 Room 205. CSWF Spring Workshop Series for UCF Faculty, Staff and Students Interest in Work-Life Balance. "Professor Moms: Balancing Parenting with Teaching and Research." This panel will feature faculty members offering their advice about various parenting topics including picking a daycare or nanny, balancing a research agenda and parenting, and teaching options for when children get sick.  CSWF 2015 Faculty Fellow:  Kimberly Voss, Associate Professor, Nicholson School of Communication, College of Sciences.

Friday, April 17, 2015. Noon - 12:30pm, NSC, Room 130.  Campus Tour - WUCF-FM. Guided tour of WUCF-FM Studios.  WUCF-FM, is the university’s public broadcasting service radio station, highest rated, full-time, noncommercial jazz station in the nation.  Tour Guide:  Kayonne Riley, General Manager.

Friday, April 24, 2015. 1:00 – 2:30pm, CB-1, FCTL Room 207.  “Q & A on Success of Women Faculty at UCF with Dr. Cynthia Young.”
Please join us for a question and answer session with Dr. Cynthia Young regarding the reorganization of Academic Affairs and the Office of Faculty Excellence.   
Dr. Young will discuss UCF’s efforts to date and new initiatives currently being developed for the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty. 
This is an opportunity to learn and have input on new initiatives and to network with colleagues across campus.  Light refreshments will be served.


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.

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