April - Week 3

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.  Please stop by or call the Faculty Center if you need help with end-of-semester concerns, and of course it’s never too early to start planning how you’ll document academic activity in your summer classes, so let us know if we can offer support there.   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.  You’ll also see info below about a faculty survey being conducted by Information Technology and Resources.  I know it’s a busy time of year, but I hope you’ll take the time to complete that one as well.  Thanks for your support. 
Have a great week!

Wednesday, April 22nd
Academic Integrity and the UCF Student Conduct Process 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (see details below)

Thursday, April 23rd
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 (see details below)

Friday, April 24th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

UCF Information Technologies and Resources Survey
We are seeking your input in order to better understand the effectiveness of certain information technology services. We ask you to participate in this important process by providing feedback based on your experience. This year’s results will inform future directions and investments in campus technology resources and support services. Please copy and paste this link in your browser to complete the survey: UCF Information Technologies and Resources Faculty Survey. Thank you in advance for your participation! If you have any questions or problems regarding this survey, please contact Dr. Chuck Dziuban, Director of the Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness, at Charles.Dziuban@ucf.edu.

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 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 why, what, and how to access documents that are needed (by all) in an ever-changing digital world
This interactive workshop explains the basics of accessibility. The discussion begins with addressing the reason behind creating accessible materials (not just the boring legal issues). The workshop will examine the key components of different material formats. Participants will learn about the needs of those who benefit from accessible materials. A demonstration will be given to explore the assistive technology tools used by individuals. Finally, UCF employees will be provided with resources and a list of tips on what can be done to make sure materials are accessible.
Wednesday, April 22nd from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For registration information and further details, visit here.

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.

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 University of Central Florida is excited to an­nounce its new Inclusive Education Services to Launch in Fall 2015. Our mission is to create a meaningful immer­sive UCF community experience for college students with intellectual disabilities who wish to further their formal education through university coursework, and to create a model for inclusive practices in higher ed­ucation. Five students with intellec­tual disabilities will be selected to join our UCF family Fall 2015 to kick off this initiative. Learn more at the UCF Inclusive Education website: http://ies.sdes.ucf.edu/

Team RESPECT UCF will participate in the May 2, 2015, Best Buddies Friendship Walk at Lake Eola. The walk begins at 9 a.m. and team members will receive a t-shirt by meeting near the swan boats by 8:45 am. Register for the team at www.bestbuddiesflorida.org/cflwalk - Select Sign Up! and Join a Team.

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.

The UCF Libraries now has access to a digital archive of C-SPAN videos. The C-Span Archives records, indexes, and archives all C-SPAN programming for historical, educational research, and archival uses. Every C-SPAN program aired since 1987, totaling over 211,000 hours, is contained in the C-SPAN Archives and immediately accessible through the database and electronic archival systems developed and maintained by the C-SPAN Archives. More information and the videos themselves can be found at: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/videoLibrary//

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences
The UCF Libraries now has both print and online access to the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. The UCF Libraries would like to thank Dr. Michael Johnson from the College of Sciences for a generous contribution that helped provide this new resource.  Congratulations to Dr. James Wright, Pegasus Professor, who served as Editor-In-Chief of this landmark publication. The International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences is a transdisciplinary, authoritative, peer-reviewed reference work with more than 3900 articles. It features 37% new content and 50% revised since the previous content was published in 2001 and a wide range of disciplines from Anthropology to Motivational Psychology.  Faculty are encouraged to review this resource and consider it for inclusion in upcoming courses.  The online content is available to all UCF affiliated users and the print copy will be housed in the John C. Hitt Library, reference collection. More information can be found at:

The UCF Libraries are redesigning our website, with a plan to roll out the new site this summer. We are seeking participants for our next round of feedback gathering. We are looking for someone willing to come in for a one-on-one meeting that should take between 30 minutes and an hour. You will be given delicious compensation for your effort.
If you’d like to participate, please let Carrie Moran (carrie.moran@ucf.edu) know if there is an hour you are able to come to the John C. Hitt Library for testing during the following windows:
Mon 4/27 9, 10, 11, 12, 2, 4
Tues 4/28 9, 10, 11, 12, 2, 3, 4
Weds 4/29 9, 10, 11, 12, 2, 3, 4
Thurs 4/30 9, 10, 11, 12, 2, 3, 4
Fri 5/1 9, 10, 11, 12, 1, 2


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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Ann Gleig
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Keri Watson
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