January - Week 4

Hello Everyone-
I hope your semester is off to a good start. Below you’ll find information about happenings at the Faculty Center and beyond.
Please note:

  • Proposals and applications for our spring multi-session programs (faculty development cohorts) are due this week. See information and the link to the Qualtrics form below. Also, check out the attached Word document for a message from the Office of International Studies.
  • 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.
  • See below for great info about new student support services that are accessible through Canvas.
  • The attached Word document contains information about the Office of International Studies that will be of interest to faculty members.
Have a great week,

Monday, January 26th
How Learning Works (see workshop details below) 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 28
Student Disabilities Services Workshop: Examining the Real Disability Barriers (see workshop details below) 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in SU 221

Thursday, January 29th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
SoTL Award Application Workshop 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Office of Diversity and Inclusion Dialogue: The Tragedy in Sanford, and How the City and Community Responded 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. SU Garden Key, Room 221 (more info below)

Friday, January 30th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Case Studies in the STEM Classroom (see workshop details below)

(From the FoE Team) Faculty, we need your help! The Foundations of Excellence (FoE) surveys to students and to faculty-staff have been launched. As a reminder, FoE is a University-wide study of transfer polices, practices, and procedures, to result in a recommended action plan for institutional improvements leading to higher levels of transfer-student academic success, learning, satisfaction, and graduation. The response rate for our students has been great; we are averaging about 100 responses per hour and have already received close to 10,000 surveys in the first three days! The students are sharing their thoughts, and now we need to make sure that faculty-staff are being heard too. Please complete this survey, and give us your insight and thoughts on how we can enhance the academic readiness and success of our transfer students. Thank you for your time and feedback to this important initiative! Please use this link to access the survey: https://wess.webebi.com/wess/anon.aspx?UCFFaculty:32517

How Learning Works
This workshop is based on the book How Learning Works: Seven Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan Ambrose, et al.  Participants will learn about the seven principles and apply them to their own teaching.  The principles address students’ prior learning and motivation, course organization and climate, mastery learning, providing feedback, and encouraging self-directed learning.
Monday, January 26, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Assessing Service-Learning
Service-learning is a teaching method that teaches course content through civic engagement.  Once a service-learning project is implemented, however, how do you know if your students are really learning?  Also,  can you give a student a grade for doing service?  Come to this session and discuss how to assess student learning as a result of service-learning.
Friday, January 30, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

SoTL Award Application Workshop
Full-time faculty who are considering applying for the university's 2014-2015 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Awards are encouraged to attend this workshop in which we will discuss the eligibility and selection criteria and the selection timeline. Samples of previous award binders will be shared. (These are also available for your review during all hours the Faculty Center is open.)
Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The Faculty Center is pleased to offer faculty development cohorts for the spring semester. You can register for any of the below cohorts at http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_eQjKK35nGAAi4VT. Please see http://fctl.ucf.edu/Events/FacultyDevelopmentCohorts/ for full details, including dates and times of each session.

This semester we will be reading Minds on Fire: How Role-Immersion Games Transform College by Mark C. Carnes (2014). This study is based on interviews with students and faculty who participated in the pedagogical innovation “Reacting to the Past,” which began at Barnard College (https://reacting.barnard.edu/). Our meetings will be held in the Faculty Center (CB1-207) from 10:30-11:30 on 1/29, 2/26, 3/19, 4/9. The first ten respondents will receive a free copy of the book. To register, please email eric.main@ucf.edu.

The STEM Education Research Reading Group will meet on Tuesday January 20th in the Physical Sciences building room 445 from 12-1 to discuss chapter 1 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:
February 3rd- Getting Started (Chapter 2)
February 17th - Using Insights about Learning to Inform Teaching (Chapter 3)
March 3rd- Designing Instruction (Chapter 4)
March 24th- Assessing and Adapting (Chapter 5)
April 7th- Overcoming Challenges (Chapter 6)
April 21st- Creating Broader Contexts (Chapter 7)

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.

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.
1/28 from 1:00 – 3:30 in SU 221
2/16 from 1:00 – 3:30 in SU 316AB
3/31 from 9:00 – 11:30 in SU 218CD

LEAD SCHOLARS LEADERSHIP WEEK 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.

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.

The tragedy in Sanford, and how the city and community responded Norton N. Bonaparte, Jr., Sanford City Manager and
Allie L. Braswell, Jr., Community Leader
Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
SU Garden Key, room 221

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


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