April - Week 4

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.  Thanks for your support. 
Have a great week!
Melody

HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK
Tuesday, April 28th
Using Gradebook Tools to Prepare Final Grades 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29th
Designing a Meaningful Early Assignment to Document Academic Activity 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
End of Semester Reflections on Teaching and Professional Development 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 30th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, May 1st
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Designing a Meaningful Early Assignment to Document Academic Activity 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

SDES WORKSHOP: ACADEMIC INTEGRITY AND THE UCF STUDENT CONDUCT PROCESS
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.

LINKS TO ACADEMIC INTEGRITY WEBINARS
The Office of Integrity and Ethical Development and the Faculty Center hosted three webinars in association with Turnitin Annual Plagiarism Education Week.  Below are the links to view the Academic Integrity webinars. 

The following two links were referenced in the webinar above. 

The Office of Integrity and Ethical Development is available to have discussions about Academic Integrity within classrooms, at faculty staff meetings, as a part of program orientations, etc.  Please contact Jennifer Wright, Director, at 407-823-3477 or at Jennifer.Wright@ucf.edu

INCLUSIVE EDUCATION SERVICES WILL LAUNCH THIS FALL
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/

JOIN OR SUPPORT UCF’S TEAM IN THE 2015 BEST BUDDIES FRIENDSHIP WALK
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.

SEEKING UNDERGRADUATE TUTORS FOR THE UNIVERSITY WRITING CENTER
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.

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
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.

UCF LIBRARIES WEBSITE REDESIGN
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

DO YOU STUDY LEARNING SPACES?
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.

 

Faculty Spotlight View Other Award Winners

Regina Gresham
College of Education Regina    Gresham My responsibilities are plentiful as I seek to inspire my students with a desire to learn. I consider education to be invaluable. I find the establishment of a positive, caring learning environment, one that encourages students to "believe in yourself with dedication and pride" to be priceless. It is an envir...

Kathie Holland
College of Business Administration Kathie  Holland “Teach on, Kathie Holland! Teach on!” A student wrote this on a Student Perception of Instruction form, and it still echoes in my mind. There are six principles that provide the foundation of my teaching philosophy: Fan the Passion to Incite Action, Create Structure, Build Relationships, Model the Role...

Ilenia Colon Mendoza
College of Arts and Humanities Ilenia  Colon Mendoza As an educator I believe learning should be a pleasant and interactive activity; I see learning as an experience in and of itself. For the teaching process to be successful, it must be student centered. The first step in achieving a student-centered environment is to make students feel comfortable enough to expr...