July - Week 3

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

Thursday, July 23rd
Workshop: Motivating Students to Learn 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
STEM Education Research Reading Group 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Physical Sciences Building room 146 (see details below)

Friday, July 24th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Recruit undergraduate researchers for the fall semester:  Faculty and graduate students can post a wide variety of positions at https://our.ucf.edu/research-positions.

Learn more about undergraduate research: The 8th annual Florida Statewide Symposium: Engagement in Undergraduate Research has been scheduled for October 1-2, 2015 at UCF. Faculty, administrators, and staff are invited to registrar until August 28, 2015.   Dr. Julio Rivera will be the keynote speaker this year. Dr. Rivera is the past-president of the Council on Undergraduate Research and Professor at Carthage College. The title of his talk is, Defining Priorities: Rethinking Faculty Workload to Enhance Undergraduate Research. Please visit www.researchsymposium.ucf.edu for more information.

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 7/23 from 1-2pm.

Faculty Seminars in Online Teaching are offered each semester and present best practices in online teaching. The next seminar is about leveraging mobile devices to support authentic learning, and will be presented by Ryan Seilhamer from CDL and Rick Brunson from the Nicholson School of Communication. It will be held on July 22 from 1:00-1:30 in LIB-161b. You may choose to attend in person or online, or simply receive the supporting materials after the seminar has concluded. Register now: http://dl.ucf.edu/rsvp

The Florida Book Awards has kicked off its tenth annual competition with a call for entries in nine categories.
Established in 2006 and now the most comprehensive state book awards program in the nation, the contest recognizes and celebrates the year’s best books penned by Sunshine State residents with the exception of submissions to the Florida Nonfiction and Visual Arts categories, whose authors may live elsewhere. The Florida Book Awards competition is coordinated through theFlorida State University Libraries, with the support of partner organizations from across the state. The contest categories include Children’s Literature, Florida Nonfiction, General Fiction, General Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular Fiction, Spanish Language, Visual Arts, and Young Adult Literature. Last year the "Gwen P. Reichert Gold Medal for Children's Literature" was introduced, which provides a cash prize for the gold winner in the Children's Literature category. This award is in memory of Gwen P. Reichert and serves as a lasting tribute to honor her accomplishments as a rare book collector, nurturer of authors and their audience, and her commitment to children's education. Applicants are encouraged to submit their books into competition any time after the competition is launched, and as soon as possible after books are officially published. Entries, which can be submitted by anyone (e.g. publisher, author or literary agent), must have both a copyright date between Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015, and an International Standard Book Number (ISBN).  All entries must be received no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, January 14, 2016 (this is not a postmark deadline). The 2015 winners will be announced in early March 2016 and recognized at several events around the state including an awards banquet in April.  Winning books and their authors will be showcased in the summer 2016 issue of FORUM, the statewide magazine of the Florida Humanities Council, and will be featured at book festivals and association conferences throughout the year. In addition, copies of all award-winning books will be put on permanent public display in the Florida Governor’s Mansion library and in Florida State University’s Strozier Library.
For general information and the entry form, requirements, and more detailed submission  instructions for the 2015 Florida Book Awards, visithttp://floridabookawards.lib.fsu.edu

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.

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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