August - Week 3

Hello Everyone-

Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. The Faculty Center team will join with partners from around campus to welcome 200 new colleagues at New Faculty Orientation this Monday and Tuesday. We won’t be in the office much those two days, but we will be back Wednesday-Friday to help you prepare for the fall term. As you make those preparations, take a moment to review the 2015-2016 edition of Teaching at UCF as well as this list of policies that are relevant to faculty members. Reach out to the Faculty Center if you have any questions.

This is an info-packed message, so please read all the way through! You’ll find information about a diversity and inclusion statement you can add to your syllabus, details about development programs and training opportunities, the unveiling of the library’s new website, and a variety of announcements with implications for fall courses.

Have a great week,

Monday, August 17th
New Faculty Orientation 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 18th
New Faculty Orientation 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 19th
Introduction to Webcourses@UCF 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Classroom Building 1 room 219

Thursday, August 13th
Academic Activity (Financial Aid Requirement) Open Hours 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, August 14th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning offers opportunities for faculty to examine important and new topics in teaching and learning with Faculty Development Cohorts (FDCs). Participants attend multiple workshops, including a series of hands-on experiences designed to help innovate or refine teaching techniques and learning activities. Faculty may receive support from a variety of campus offices. Registration is open until September 10th at 5:00 p.m. for Fall 2015 FDCs. Topics for the semester are “Bring Your Own Device” and “Role-Immersion Activities for Student Engagement.” For further details, including dates, times, and the registration links, please visit

The Alliance Mentoring Program is a program sponsored by LGBTQ+ Services that aims to match LGBTQ+ staff and faculty mentors with LGBTQ+ student mentees. Mentors will serve as personal role models for the mentee(s) and will provide support and encouragement for mentees. The mission of the Alliance Mentoring Program is to assist in the successful personal journey of LGBTQ+ student mentees by providing support and guidance that will facilitate the mentee’s journey toward self-acceptance, empowerment, and comfort, while also contributing to a positive overall experience at UCF. The mentorship process will include goal-setting in areas such as personal, educational, academic and professional. The deadline to apply to serve as a mentor is August 21, 2015.  Please contact LGBTQ+ Services Coordinator, Justin Andrade, for more information.

Student Disability Services was excited to announce an office name change effective this past April. The office is now known as Student Accessibility Services. The name change reflects the core mission of the office, which is to facilitate accessibility for students with disabilities rather than addressing the disability specifically. In addition, Student Accessibility Services has partnered with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and other offices to create a new Diversity and Inclusion syllabus statement, which can be found here on the FCTL website:

We are excited to share with you that the University of Central Florida is about to embark on a new initiative to improve student success. The university has partnered with the Education Advisory Board (EAB) to implement the Student Success Collaborative (SSC). The SSC incorporates data insights, predictive analytics, communication and workflow technology, best practice research, customized consulting support, and peer benchmarking and collaboration. Our goals with this initiative are to  increase the number of students attaining a degree, reduce the time to degree, minimize the number of credit hours attempted, incorporate student success measures through program review, and promote scholarly engagement with student success. More to come about opportunities for faculty members to get involved in these efforts!

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Recruit undergraduate researchers for the fall semester: Faculty and graduate students can post a wide variety of positions at
 Learn more about undergraduate research: The 8th annual Florida Statewide Symposium: Engagement in Undergraduate Research has been scheduled for October 1-2, 2015 at UCF. Faculty, administrators, and staff are invited to registrar until August 28, 2015. Dr. Julio Rivera will be the keynote speaker this year. Dr. Rivera is the past-president of the Council on Undergraduate Research and Professor at Carthage College. The title of his talk is Defining Priorities: Rethinking Faculty Workload to Enhance Undergraduate Research. Please visit for more information.

library streaming videos
The UCF Libraries has thousands of documentaries, feature films, and educational videos that you can play in class or assign online. Visit to see the Fall 2015 streaming video line-up.

New Website
The new, redesigned UCF Libraries website is live at  Please be aware: your links have probably changed, if you link to library resources or services in your syllabi, courses, or handouts. To get details on services to faculty, take a look at 
Contact Carrie Moran (, User Engagement Librarian, for questions and feedback.

UCF's Center for Distributed Learning has developed an easy-to-use tool that looks through your online course and finds possible issues that could prevent a student from accessing the content due to a disability. It's called The Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT (pronounced, "You Do It"), and this workshop will go over the history and give a demonstration of the tool. After the demonstration, you will have an opportunity to run UDOIT on your own course, and CDL can show you how to make the most of your results.

CDL will offer the workshop at the following dates and times.  Please note that you will need to bring your own laptop to participate in the hands-on portion of the 8/19 and 8/25 sessions.
·         Wednesday 8/19 - 2pm–3pm, LIB-157 (Bring your own laptop)
·         Tuesday 8/25 - 10am–11am, LIB-157 (Bring your own laptop)

All new and returning faculty members are invited to attend a welcome reception on Friday, August 21, 2015, in the Pegasus Ballroom of the Student Union. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the program will begin at 3:30 p.m. Refreshments include hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. Join President Hitt and colleagues to celebrate the beginning of a new school year.

UCF must comply with a federal financial aid regulation that states that in order to receive federal aid, students must be actively academically engaged in each course in which they are enrolled. Without verification of this engagement, students will not receive their aid. Webcourses@UCF will analyze all student activity to determine which students have met the federal standard, and that information will be sent to the Office of Student Financial Aid for processing. Please see the Center for Distributed Learning's frequently asked questions about this requirement, as well as their overview pageThe fall 2015 deadline for this requirement is Friday, August 28th, at 5:00 p.m.

UCF will host two Thursday evening football games this fall, on Sept. 3 against Florida International University and on Nov. 19 against East Carolina University. Please keep the following details in mind as you plan for fall classes. The Sept. 3 game will kick off at 6 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Because of the early kickoff time, classes on the main campus, in the Central Florida Research Park, at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management and on UCF's regional campuses will conclude at noon. Offices at those locations also will close for normal operations at noon in order to allow adequate time for a smooth transition to game day activities, which will begin at 1 p.m. UCF will return to its usual weekday football game schedule for the Nov. 19 game, which will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.

On Nov. 19, classes on the main campus, in the Central Florida Research Park, at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management and on UCF's regional campuses will be conducted through 3 p.m. University operations at those locations also will close at 3 p.m., and game day activities will begin at 4 p.m. Faculty members who have classes in progress at noon on Sept. 3 or at 3 p.m. on Nov. 19 may choose to conduct the portions of those sessions that come before the closing time.

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 to learn more.


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