March - Week 3

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about happenings at the Faculty Center and beyond. Also, as you may know, each year the UCF Women’s and Gender Studies program collects donations for the Woman-To-Woman March conference with Apopka farmworker women. They are seeking the following FULL SIZE (not family size) products: shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, bar soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hair brushes, and hair clips. If you would like to contribute any of these items for this excellent cause, please drop them by the Faculty Center by this Wednesday. Also, UCF’s Office of Student Involvement is asking faculty members to encourage students to complete a national survey about campus engagement that will provide our campus with valuable data for use in making important curricular and cocurricular programming decisions. Please encourage your undergraduate students to complete the survey by clicking on this link:
Have a great week,

Monday, March 16th
Choosing the Right Teaching Strategy 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18th
Academic Integrity and the UCF Student Conduct Process 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, March 19th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, March 20th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

March 18th 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the John C. Hitt Library room 161B. Register at
Online exams are popular in college courses, offering a time-efficient and flexible way of assessing student learning. Students often prefer them because of the convenience factor, while instructors like that they do not expend valuable face-to-face class time. However, the concern about students cheating on online exams is pervasive throughout higher education. Instructors often worry that it is difficult for students to remain academically honest under such conditions. In this session, resources and strategies to encourage academic honesty in the online exam environment such as considerations for test construction and exam settings will be shared. Specifically, we will showcase an instructor’s use of ProctorHub, UCF’s newest online proctoring tool, which is designed to mitigate these concerns. While this series is designed with online faculty in mind as an on-going follow-up to IDL6543, all members of the UCF community with an interest in online teaching are invited to participate. You may participate face-to-face or online.

Academic Integrity and personal accountability are some of the most important values that members of the UCF Faculty aim to promote and educate our students on both inside and outside of the classroom. However, every now and then, students may deviate from the high academic standards that are put in place at this institution and find themselves in scenarios where they have either cheated on, plagiarized, or inappropriately assisted a fellow Knight on an assignment. This one-hour presentation is designed to provide information and resources to all members of the UCF Faculty on the process and procedures of reporting any incidents involving Academic Integrity that they may have become aware of, and their role in the Student Conduct process. The Office of Student Conduct, a division of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, provides educational opportunities that foster individual growth, ethical development and personal accountability while promoting the core values of the university: integrity, scholarship, community, creativity, and excellence.
The sessions will be held in the Faculty Center, CB1-207, on the following dates and times:

  • March 18th, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.,
  • April 15th, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • April 22nd, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Speaker: Ms. Maria Beckman, Director, UCF Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance-including university programs. Title IX used to be known primarily as the law that required universities to have equitable athletic opportunities for female and male students. More recently, the federal government has been highlighting Title IX as a way to combat sexual assault on university campuses because sexual harassment, including sexual assault, is sex discrimination. Title IX, and the interpretive guidance issued by the federal agency that enforces Title IX, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR), places significant requirements on universities to identify, investigate, address and prevent the occurrence of sexual assault and to support victims. At last count, OCR is investigating 90 colleges and universities (not UCF) that have been accused of failing to meet these requirements. It is important that we continue to meet and exceed Title IX’s requirements in order to ensure that UCF is a safe educational, working, and living environment. Every UCF community member has a responsibility to help.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
12:00–1:00 p.m.
Teaching Academy 117
Please RSVP to by March 18, 2015

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.

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:

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.

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