February - Week 3

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about happenings at the Faculty Center and beyond. Tomorrow (Monday) is the final day for faculty members to complete the Foundations of Excellence survey, which is designed to help us assess and improve services for transfer students. Please complete it today if you haven’t already! Here’s the link: https://wess.webebi.com/wess/anon.aspx?UCFFaculty:32517 . And don’t forget to apply now for the Summer Faculty Development Conference. Here’s that link: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/Events/SummerConference/.
Have a great week,

Monday, February 16th
Workshop: Authentic Practice in the Classroom 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Workshop: Applying for the 2015 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 19th
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 room 445 (see details below)
Workshop: Introducing LyndaCampus for UCF 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in CB1-202 (see details below)

Friday, February 20th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Workshop: Choosing the Right Teaching Strategy 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

One of the UCF Downtown Committees is focused on Students with Intellectual Disabilities. This committee is mobilizing to launch an initiative focused on including an initial group of 5 students with intellectual disabilities in classes by Fall 2015! If you teach an undergraduate course that you think would be well suited for students with intellectual disabilities to take/audit, or you have questions in regard to the program, get in touch with Patrick Pabian (Physical Therapy - Patrick.Pabian@ucf.edu) or Jennifer Kent-Walsh (Communication Sciences and Disorders - jkentwalsh@ucf.edu) by February 25th. Patrick and Jennifer would love to hear from interested faculty members as they are working on developing the curriculum and possible certificate tracks within the context of the larger committee. http://www.ucf.edu/downtown/files/2015/01/Downtown-Org-Chart.pdf

STEM READING GROUP The STEM Education Research Reading Group will meet on Thursday, February 19th in the Physical Sciences building room 445 from 12:30-1:30 to discuss chapter 3 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 rest of the dates and corresponding chapters are listed below:
Thursday, March 5th - Designing Instruction (Chapter 4)
Thursday, March 26th - Assessing and Adapting (Chapter 5)
Thursday, April 9th - Overcoming Challenges (Chapter 6)
Thursday, April 23rd - Creating Broader Contexts (Chapter 7)

Are you interested in helping educate other students on their rights and responsibilities as University community members, facilitating an understanding of the balance between individual and community rights, and promoting a safe and inclusive atmosphere conducive to student success? Are you excited about encouraging students to embody the tenets of the UCF Creed: integrity, scholarship, community, creativity and excellence?
The Office of Student Conduct is looking for UCF faculty/staff and student community members who are dedicated to upholding the above-mentioned principles to volunteer to serve on the 2014 - 2015 Student Conduct Review Board. The application will be available on our website from February 10th – March 27th. For additional information regarding the qualifications and training of Conduct Board Members, as well as a link to the application, please visit http://osc.sdes.ucf.edu/scb. If you need additional information, please feel free to contact Chanda Postell (Chanda.Postell@ucf.edu).

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.

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.

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.

“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.

Oxford University Press
Oxford University Press is offering free webinars for those wanting to learn more about myriad Oxford Products. You can sign up here: https://global.oup.com/academic/librarians/demos/webinars/?cc=us&lang=en


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