July - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.
Have a great week!

Melody

HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK
Monday, July 6th
Using Mobile Devices for Student Multimedia Assignments

Tuesday, July 7th
Workshop: Course Design for Effective Learning 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
STEM Education Research Reading Group 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Physical Sciences Building, room 146 (see details below)

Thursday, July 9th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, July 10th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: The Principles of Learning 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

MESSAGE FROM MC SANTANA, DIRECTOR OF WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S ISSUES CONFERENCE
Here is a chance to present your work and that of your graduate students. I invite you to our international conference with participants coming from India, Pakistan, Canada, Ghana and Israel among other countries. Please use the email IWIC@ucf.edu for any further communication. Dr. Sheida Jahani serves as co-Chair for the conference and will gladly help you. We are anticipating around 150 participants--I hope you join us too! Remember that undergraduate and graduate students are FREE to come!
Here is our website http://wgst.cah.ucf.edu/wic/papers.php
Transforming Women's Lives
2016 International Women's Issues Conference (IWIC)

Event Info
February 12 & 13, 2016, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida. Morgridge International Reading Center. The conference invites dialogues surrounding Women's Issues about the areas of information and knowledge: power and leadership; education and policy; technology and infrastructure that affect women in the intersections of race, social class, gender and sexuality on intellectual and institutional perspectives, local and global forums, public and intimate spaces. All disciplines and levels of professional and graduate scholarship are welcome. This conference will foster the discussion of global issues affecting women directly or indirectly through education, the use of technology and the transformation of leadership skills.

Guidelines for Research Papers
Research papers should not exceed 7,000 words, or about 15.5-double-spaced pages, plus endnotes. Endnotes and bibliographic citations should follow eitherModern Language Association Style (MLA), or the American Psychological Association (APA). Papers are considered ineligible if previously published, presented, accepted or under a journal review. Only one paper per author will be accepted for presentation and at least one author should be present at the conference.

Abstracts Submission:
Deadline August 31, 2015 (word count 200)
Include the following: Author/s, Affiliation, Title, Email address
Format: Roundtable, research paper, poster
Deadline for complete papers: December 4, 2015
Please submit Abstracts and Full Papers at IWIC@ucf.edu

STEM EDUCATION RESEARCH READING GROUP
Interested in STEM Education but need motivation to keep up with the research? The STEM Education Research reading group will be meeting to discuss and reflect on recent literature. Anyone is welcome to attend. Contact Erin Saitta (Erin.Saitta@ucf.edu) or Jackie Chini (Jacquelyn.Chini@ucf.edu) for more information including the current readings. Note: Meetings will be held in the Physical Sciences Building, room 146 on 7/9 and 7/23 from 1-2pm.

INVITATION TO JOIN DIGITAL STORYTELLING INTEREST GROUP
In response to the popularity of our Teaching and Learning Day 2015 keynote presentation on digital storytelling, the Faculty Center will host a digital storytelling interest group. This group will explore possibilities of using digital storytelling in various courses and discuss how to design digital storytelling assignments, align assignments with course objectives, and use digital storytelling technologies (such as WeVideo). If you are interested in participating in this group, please contact Lissa Pompos at Melissa.Pompos@ucf.edu.

STUDENT CARE SERVICES
As you prepare for Summer B and Fall 2015 classes, Student Care Services would like to remind you of resources and support options available for students in distress. We must all play a role in supporting students who display signs of distress. Some signs of distress visible in the classroom and beyond can include: changes in behavior or appearance, poor hygiene, decreased eye contact or communication skills, missing class, or attending class under the influence of alcohol or other substances. Student Care Services has also seen an increase in students with severe financial struggles that are impacting their ability to be successful personally or academically. If you notice any signs of distress, please reach out to the student or refer them to Student Care Services. Ways to refer include e-mailing us at caremanager@ucf.edu or visiting scs.sdes.ucf.edu and completing a Student of Concern form.

If you are unsure or feel uncomfortable referring a student, please contact Student Care Services to troubleshoot the situation. You can also share a helpful resource link with students through your syllabus: www.ucfcares.com. UCF Cares provides many campus and community resources in the areas of safety and wellbeing, mental health, sexual violence, and respect.

Student Care Services staff can also attend an upcoming staff meeting to provide additional training or answer any questions you may have about how to assist and support students.

Our faculty resource guide: http://scs.sdes.ucf.edu/docs/faculty-resources.pdf

Additional FAQs are available on our website: http://scs.sdes.ucf.edu/faq#staff

Remember, if you have an immediate cause of concern  or a student is exhibiting aggressive behavior, please call the UCF Police Department at 407-823-5555 or 911. Counseling and Psychological Services provides students with a free 24/7 hotline at: 407-823-2811.

Thank you for helping to keep our campus safe for everyone!

FALL FOOTBALL THURSDAY GAME DAYS: REMINDER FOR YOUR SYLLABUS
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.

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Award Opportunities
This year, at the Diversity Breakfast, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be reinstating our longstanding practice of presenting awards to organizations and individuals who have shown commitment and dedication to advancing the university's fourth strategic goal of "becoming more inclusive and diverse." Applications for the three Diversity & Inclusion Impact Awards may be downloaded from our website at www.diversity.ucf.edu. The deadline to submit an application is 12:00 Noon on Friday, August 14, 2015. The awards will be presented at the Diversity Breakfast on October 12, 2015. 

Diversity Week Student Poster Contest
This year, our Knights are once again invited to participate in the Diversity Week Student Poster Contest and to share their creative sides with the UCF and Central Florida communities.  To enter and for complete rules, participants may visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's website at www.diversity.ucf.edu. The first place winner will be the poster that best represents the 2015 Diversity Week theme: RESPECT UCF: Engaging, Exploring and Advancing an Inclusive Culture.  Entries should be submitted to dayanara.hudson@ucf.edu by 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Winners will be announced on Monday, July 13, 2015.

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.

 

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