March - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about happenings at the Faculty Center and beyond. I wanted to let you know that we’ve recently heard from a few faculty members who are concerned that their course materials, exams in particular, but also course notes and other items, have been placed on the web by third party services and can be accessed by students. The Faculty Center has held workshops about this topic in the past and plans to follow up with additional sessions in the near future. There are some steps faculty members can take to manage this problem before and after materials are published, but this is something we need to explore together, so we will have at least one think tank session on it during the summer conference. To learn more about these methods, just do a web search on phrases such as “websites that students use to cheat,” “ways technology can help you cheat in school,” “stats on academic cheating,” and of course “how to stop high-tech cheating,” etc. For assistance and information, contact the Faculty Center, the Office of Student Conduct, or your instructional designer if you are teaching online. Please write to me directly if you have tips to share. We may add them to the Faculty Center website.
Have a great week,

Wednesday, March 4th
Workshop: Choosing the Right Teaching Strategy 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 5th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, March 6th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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: Additional questions about the exercise should be directed to Courtney Gilmartin at 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.

March 2015
Month-long celebration of Women’s History Month! Please visit our website where we will introduce you to 31 (one each day) amazing UCF women faculty and staff who are shaping UCF’s future!

Friday, March 6, 2015. 11:30am–Noon. Meet at Gate 1, Football Stadium - Campus Tour (of those places you always wondered about!)– UCF Roth Tower
Guided tour of the Roth Tower which houses club lounge, press box and broadcast, and administrative suites for UCF’s sports programs.
Tour Guide: Tyler Greulich, Assistant Director, UCF Athletics Event Operations.

Friday, March 6, 2015. 2:00pm–3:00pm. SU Pensacola Board Room 222 A Conversation about UCF TIP & SoTL Awards UCF Women's Studies and the UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty invite you to an informal conversation with TIP and SoTL award faculty winners from previous years. They will provide tips on how to better prepare your application for the 2015 TIP and SoTL awards. Faculty will have their winning portfolios available for display and discussion. Come learn how to become the next winner.

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 ( or Jackie Chini ( 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)

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 to learn more.

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:
You may wish to review the entries selected from the previous call for submissions:
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:

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

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.

Every two weeks, Alexander Street Press offers a free music download from our popular online music collection. This week’s artist is French composer Jacques Offenbach (1819–1880). Offenbach is one of the most celebrated French composers of the nineteenth century, and his works were a significant contribution to the development of operetta. To download visit:


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Christopher Geiger
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