February - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about happenings at the Faculty Center and beyond. There’s a lot of new information from a variety of offices around campus in this week’s post, so be sure to check it all out. And don’t forget to get started on your Summer Faculty Development Conference application. You’ll find more info and the submission form here: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/Events/SummerConference/.
Have a great week,

Tuesday, February 10th
SoTL Award Application Workshop 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (this will be offered again on Monday, February 16 from 1 to 2 p.m.)
Choosing the Right Teaching Strategy 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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

Friday, February 13th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The UCF Office of Emergency Management is looking for volunteers who will act as “victims” in a disaster scenario that’s planned for Thursday, March 12, 2015 on UCF’s campus. This drill is a planned training event involving numerous agencies and responders, including UCF, area hospitals, fire rescue, law enforcement officials and public health providers. A flyer is attached with further information about the drill – and the role that volunteers would play. Lunch will be provided. If you would like to learn how to respond to a mass casualty incident and also help the community improve its emergency plans, please register as a volunteer today at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3-15ToxicKnight. Additional questions about the exercise should be directed to Courtney Gilmartin at courtney.gilmartin@ucf.edu. Further communications to faculty, staff and students regarding the schedule of events and any related closures for the exercise on March 12 will be communicated closer to the event date.

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.

ETEXTBOOK ESSENTIALS There is a new online professional development course available called eTextbook Essentials, developed by the Center for Distributed Learning. The overall aim of the course is to foster a better understanding of digital textbooks at UCF. It is intended for instructors who are interested in integrating eTextbooks in their instruction. The course is designed to support learners of varying experience and is self-paced. To enroll in the course, visit https://webcourses.ucf.edu/enroll/H4YK6W

The editorial board of the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR) is pleased to announce a call for submissions for new TOPR entries from now until March 31, 2015. Selected entries will be announced in April 2015.
Please consider submitting an entry using the submission form at: http://bit.ly/topr_submission
You may wish to review the entries selected from the previous call for submissions: http://bit.ly/topr_fa2014
This peer-reviewed scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) resource is emerging as a go-to destination for faculty/designers in search of ideas for online and blended courses. Each entry is highly focused on one teaching practice with a solid description, concrete example(s), relevant professional practice or research literature, and key words connecting to other practices.

CB1-202 (FMC)
February 19, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Lynda.com offers web-based video training on animation, audio, business, design, computing, photography, video, web design, and many other subjects. It is a resource that has been fully funded by a 2015-2016 technology fee and is available for all students and faculty. This live web conference will be hosted by a Lynda.com representative who will provide an overview of lyndaCampus and show how the training videos work, how certificates are earned, and will answer your questions. For more information about Lynda.com, please visit www.lynda.com.

With UCF Apps, all faculty and students can access Windows applications such as SAS, SPSS, Microsoft Office, and ArcGIS anytime (24/7), anywhere (on or off campus), on just about any device they wish! Eleven software apps are currently available for general use, with more to come. Visit http://apps.ucf.edu to watch an introductory video, get help and tutorials on how to use UCF Apps, submit feedback, and request applications. UCF Apps is a pilot project funded by the student technology fee and supported by contributions from UCF colleges and divisions.

“American Higher Education in Crisis?” Featuring Author Goldie Blumenstyk Herndon Branch Tuesday, February 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m. American higher education is at a crossroads. Cost-minded students and their families --and the public at large --are questioning the worth of a college education, even as study after study shows how important it is to economic and social mobility. American Higher Education in Crisis? What Everyone Needs to Know(Oxford University Press) is a timely and accessible primer that guides readers through the forces and trends that have brought colleges to this point and highlights some of the ways American colleges will be reshaped in the years to come. (For more on the book, see http://GoldieBlumenstyk.com) The public is invited to a discussion with the author. Goldie Blumenstyk, one of the nation's most respected higher education journalists, is a longtime reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education. From 1980 to 1988 she was a reporter for The Orlando Sentinel, covering Seminole County, Orange County, and Orlando City Hall.

Led by Student Disability Services, this interactive workshop will explore some of the greatest disability barriers that exist in day-to-day activities. The discovery will lead to a paradigm shift in how disability is viewed. Everyone who attends will be able to identify at least one action-item take-away that they can use to contribute to a more accessible and inclusive environment for people with disabilities.
Upcoming Dates/Times/Locations:
2/16 from 1:00 – 3:30 in SU 316AB
3/31 from 9:00 – 11:30 in SU 218CD

On behalf of the UCF LEAD Scholars Academy we would like to invite you to participate in Leadership Week 2015, Monday, February 23, 2015 through Friday, February 27, 2015. Leadership Week is a campus-wide event, which provides a series of activities, workshops, and keynote speakers to engage the UCF community and inspire leadership development. The theme this year is “STEP UP-The Leadership Revolution.” It is our hope to engage all UCF students, faculty and staff in campus and community leadership opportunities. Please consider presenting a session during the week. You may submit a program proposal form at http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_03exYw8YJ5ITAoZ.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Leadership Enhancement Program would like to invite you to mark your calendars for the 2015 UCF Leadership Institute’s “Inspiring Leadership through Diversity: A Mosaic of Opportunities.” The one-day conference is dedicated to the cultivation of leadership and diversity within higher education. Gain insight from renowned speakers while networking with individuals who share a commitment to diversity.
Friday, March 27, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.)
Morgridge International Reading Center

The UCF campus community is invited to engage in a series of dialogues about Race, Law Enforcement and Social Justice. We intend to facilitate respectful and relevant debate and encourage responsible action that students, faculty and staff can take to advance inclusion and fair treatment of all members of our community.

Upcoming discussion:
Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland, and Brooklyn – How should we respond?
A Panel Presentation — Representatives from advocacy groups, the police...TBA
Monday, February 23, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
SU Cape Florida, room 316ABCD

Preparing for its 17th year, UCF’s annual Literacy Symposium offers a terrific opportunity for all educators (e.g., inservice and preservice, support staff, curriculum developers, researchers, district personnel, administrators, etc.) to stay up to date on the latest developments, requirements, and opportunities in literacy education.

The UCF Libraries is pleased to announce new resources provided by 2014 Technology Fee funds. The library received full funding for five collections, two of them are as follows:

Taylor & Francis Archive Collections: Behavioral Science, Chemistry, Education, and Engineering, Computing, & Technology
UCF gained access and perpetual rights to all of the journal content in these four subject collections, starting with the first volume and issue of each journal continuing through 1996. UCF already has access to 1997 and beyond, so this purchase completes the collection. The collection consists of over 400 titles. Taylor & Francis is one of the world’s leading academic publishers. They publish more than 1,700 scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. For more information please visit: http://www.tandfonline.com/page/title-lists

Early American Imprints, Series II: (Shaw-Shoemaker), 1801-1819
The Shaw-Shoemaker collection provides a comprehensive set of American books, pamphlets and broadsides published in the early part of the 19th century. It is based on the noted “American Bibliography, 1801-1819” by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker. UCF already owns Early American Imprints, Series I (Evans). Series II contains more than 4 million pages from over 36,000 imprints, among which are many of the rarest materials published in early America. The imprints in the Shaw-Shoemaker collection are indexed and grouped by genre, subject, author, history of printing, place of publication and language. For more information please visit: http://www.readex.com/content/early-american-imprints-series-ii-shaw-shoemaker-1801-1819


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Michael Strawser
College of Arts and Humanities Michael   Strawser Three goals that are central to my overall teaching philosophy are energy, respect, and edification. Energy: I believe that a good teacher should be dynamic, enthusiastic, and passionate for the subject, very knowledgeable and competent in communicating his or her knowledge. These are prope...

Timothy Blair
College of Education Timothy Blair I began my career in education because of my grandmother‘s influence, who taught for fifty-six years in the public schools. Teaching—sparking an interest in learning and imparting new understandings and dispositions to students—is truly a gift. Through the years, teaching has not lost its unique...

Enrique del Barco
College of Sciences Enrique del Barco Teaching at all levels is the most satisfying consequence of my responsibilities as a faculty member at UCF. I am strongly dedicated to the education of young men and women in all aspects related to my scientific background. I am of the firm opinion that modern societies require a better understanding of the mecha...