February - Week 4

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about happenings at the Faculty Center and beyond. Check out the info about Leadership Week 2015—it’s a great opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to spend time together learning about how to make a difference on our campus and in the world. Applications for the Summer Faculty Development Conference are due this Friday. Here’s that link: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/Events/SummerConference/.
Have a great week,
Melody

HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK
Tuesday, February 24th
Workshop: Choosing the Right Teaching Strategy 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 26th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Getting the Most from Your Clicker Questions 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Friday, February 27th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Leadership Week 2015: Step Up Revolution will take place from February 23th through the 27th in the Student Union and various campus venues. This is a week full of exciting leadership workshops, guest speakers, and opportunities to become a leader at the University of Central Florida. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend all events. All members of the UCF community are invited to attend the various events and programs during the week. There are over 77 workshops that will be offered during the week at various times. This year we are adding 5 leadership certification tracks. You will be able to attend sessions and earn credit to receive the following certification: Student Enhancement Training (S.E.T.), Diversity Training, Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), QPR and UCF Care Advocate Certification. There are also several workshops and sessions that include leadership sessions within several focus areas. If you are interested in developing specific skills or areas of training please see the list of sessions on the Leadership Week website. Although you are free to attend any of the sessions are offered during the week you must register in advance to receive the S.E.T certification http://set.sdes.ucf.edu/ or attend the Emerging Leaders Course https://events.ucf.edu/event/84747/emerging-leaders-ucf-faculty-staff-only-els000/ sponsored by OD &Training. For more information about Leadership Week, please contact the Student Director, Kyle Jaimes, kyle.jaimes@knights.ucf.edu or Germayne Graham, germayne.graham@ucf.edu . To view a full schedule of all the opportunities available, please visit: http://sld.sdes.ucf.edu/leadershipweek/ LIKE: UCF Leadership Week on Facebook #StepUpUCF or FOLLOW: @LeadweekUCF (UCF Leadership Week) on Twitter

EMERGENCY EXERCISE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
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.

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.

NEWS FROM THE CENTER FOR SUCESS OF WOMEN FACULTY
Wednesday, February 25, 2015. Noon – 1:00pm, CB1, Room 207. CSWF & FCTL Book Club. “Mad Men and Working Women” co-authored by UCF faculty member Kimberly Wilmot Voss. Chapters: Introduction and Chapters 1 – 4. This book offers interpretive and contextual tools to read the AMC television series Mad Men, providing a much-needed historical explanation and exposition regarding the status of women in an era that has been painted as pre- or non-feminist. In chapters aimed at helping readers understand women’s lives in the 1960s, Mad Men is used as a springboard to explore and discover alternative ways of seeing women. The book offers historical insight for thinking about serious issues that «modern» working women continue to face today: balancing their work and personal lives, competing with other women, and controlling their own bodies and reproductive choices. CSWF has 5 books available for loan, please contact Fran Ragsdale fran.ragsdale@ucf.edu

STEM READING GROUP The STEM Education Research Reading Group will meet on Thursday, March 19th in the Physical Sciences building room 445 from 12:30-1:30 to discuss chapter 4 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 19th - 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)

SHARE YOUR ONLINE/BLENDED TEACHING PRACTICES WITH THE WORLD
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.

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.”
Friday, March 27, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.)
Morgridge International Reading Center
Please visit the 2015 UCF Leadership Institute Website for a full schedule of events and speaker information. Reservations for the institute will be accepted beginning Monday, February 23, 2015, at the same Website:http://lep.online.ucf.edu/.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION: CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACE, LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
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

17TH ANNUAL LITERACY SYMPOSIUM (APRIL 3, 2015)
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.

NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY
E-Books
The UCF Libraries continually expands its e-book collection. Did you know that you can find newly added books and online resources in the Library Catalog? After any search, look in the left side menu for the Format: Online Resource, and further down, Subcollection: New Titles. Here is a small sampling of e-books added in the last few months: The Government of Childhood http://ucf.catalog.fcla.edu/cf.jsp?st=CF033085073&ix=pm&I=0&V=D&pm=1 Safe science: Promoting a Culture of Safety in Academic Chemical Research http://ucf.catalog.fcla.edu/cf.jsp?st=CF033204374&ix=pm&I=0&V=D&pm=1

 

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