July - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. There’s information about a new exhibit at the UCF Art Gallery, and International Women’s Issues Conference, and more.
Have a great week!

Thursday, July 16th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, July 17th
Workshop: Getting the Most from Your Clicker Questions 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Step Right Up: Art of the Sideshow opens with a reception welcoming the new exhibition on July 16 from 6-8 pm.
This exhibition features historical carnival sideshow banners from the collection of Howard Marks by artists including Fred Johnson, Snap Wyatt, Jack Sigler, and Johnny Meah; photographs of the fair taken by Reginald Marsh, Marion Post Wolcott, Jack Delano, Russell Lee, and Laine Wyatt; contemporary paintings by Arnold Mesches; and contemporary sculpture by Rigoberto Torres.

Several related programs are scheduled:
Tuesday, August 25
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Film screening of Tod Browning’s 1932 cult classic Freaks, featuring Harry and Daisy Earles, Daisy and Violet Hilton, Johnny Eck, Prince Randian, and Frances O’Connor. In the film, the physically disabled "freaks" are inherently trusting and honorable people, while the real monsters are two of the "normal" members of the circus who conspire to murder one of the performers to obtain his large inheritance.

Wednesday, August 26
Film screening of the 1999 documentary Sideshow: Alive on the Inside. These real, amazing and very human stories reawakened interest in the bizarre and eccentric world of the circus and carnival sideshow, turning the spotlight on the legendary headliners of yesteryear and their modern-day counterparts who have chosen to be sideshow performers and found real happiness in their strange careers. This revealing look takes viewers backstage for an unforgettable glimpse at the world's most fascinating personalities.

Thursday, August 27
Closing Reception
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Come and enjoy cotton candy, corn dogs, and catering by 4 Rivers Smokehouse. With special guest appearances by banner painter and veteran sideshow performer, Johnny Meah “The Czar of Bizarre,” and impresario Ward Hall, “The King of the Sideshow.”

Saturday, August 29
A Look at the Side Show - written and directed by Be Boyd and John Shafer
An entertaining and poignant performance piece that portrays the challenging lives of real side show performers.
The show includes characters based on the following real life Side Show performers: John Merrick - The Elephant Man
Annie Jones - The Bearded Lady
Francesco A. Lentini - the Three-legged Wonder
Ella Harper - The Camel Girl
Grady Stiles  - The Lobster Boy

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 either Modern 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 

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: The final summer meeting will be held in the Physical Sciences Building, room 146 on 7/21 from 1-2pm.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Faculty Spotlight View Other Award Winners

Sean Robb
College of Business Administration Sean Robb I believe that every day my students should leave the classroom having felt the value of preparing for, attending, and participating in class. One way I try to achieve this is by conveying my enthusiasm for teaching and learning. I believe that enthusiasm is infectious and that it can stimulate interest in a topic...

Nicole Howatt
College of Business Administration Nicole   Howatt I strongly believe that teaching makes a difference. I believe that at the root of being an effective teacher is the inherent ability to recognize that a class is composed of individuals, each arriving with a different background and a different set of goals, values and motivations. I must be a figure who the ...

Hakan Ozoglu
College of Arts and Humanities Hakan Ozoglu As an integral part of the Humanities/Liberal Arts curriculum, courses on history serve a double purpose; one is that history provides students with a narrative and informs them about significant problems/issues in the instructor‘s own field. The second purpose is more skill oriented. It aims at producing s...