March - Week 4

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about happenings at the Faculty Center and beyond.  If you’re looking for effective strategies to encourage greater student learning as we move toward the close of the semester, please reach out to one of our staff members. We’ll be happy to help.  And remember that all faculty and staff are invited to attend an Open Forum on UCF Downtown from 3-4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, in Garden Key Room 221 in the Student Union.
Have a great week!
Melody

HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK
Thursday, March 26th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
STEM Education Research Reading Group 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Physical Sciences Building, room 445 (see below for details)

Friday, March 27th 
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

FACULTY CENTER STEM EDUCATION RESEARCH READING GROUP
The STEM Education Research Reading Group will next meet on Thursday, March 26th in the Physical Sciences building room 445 from 12:30-1:30 to discuss chapter 5 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 (erin.saitta@ucf.edu) or Jackie Chini (jchini@ucf.edu) for more information.
The remaining dates and corresponding chapters are listed below: 
Thursday March 26th - Assessing and Adapting (Chapter 5)
Thursday April 9th - Overcoming Challenges (Chapter 6)
Thursday April 23rd - Creating Broader Contexts (Chapter 7)

RUSSIAN CULTURE NIGHT
Russian Culture Night, presented by Dr. Alla Kourova. Wednesday, April 8 at 5:00 p.m. in CB1-205. Come and enjoy Russian food and the friendly atmosphere of the Faculty Center Culture Night.
Please RSVP to Alla.Kourova@ucf.edu.

SDES WORKSHOP: ACADEMIC INTEGRITY AND THE UCF STUDENT CONDUCT PROCESS
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:

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

NEW ISSUE OF ILLUMINATIONS: A NEWSLETTER FOR NEW FACULTY PUBLISHED BY UCF LIBRARIES
The Spring 2015 issue of Illuminations: A Newsletter for New Faculty has been published, and is viewable here: http://illuminations.library.ucf.edu/ .  This issue features three new articles from new faculty: Donna Neff (Nursing), Ryan Buyssens (Visual Arts), and Stephanie Vie (Writing and Rhetoric). We have one interview in our Special Features section, with Dr. Cecelia Rivers, Assistant Vice President for the UCF Western Region Campuses.A new feature for this issue is our Getting to Know You series, a short profile on a new faculty member with information on their service to the professional and local community. Dr. Josie Weiss, Associate Professor and coordinator of the Master’s Nurse Practitioner Program in the UCF College of Nursing is our first featured faculty member for this section.

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.

NEWS AND EVENTS FROM THE CENTER FOR SUCCESS OF WOMEN FACULTY
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!  http://womenfaculty.afia.ucf.edu/

Monday, March 23, 2015. Noon to 1:00pm, SU Garden Key Room 221. CSWF Spring Workshop Series for UCF Faculty, Staff and Students Interested in Work-Life Balance.  “Family Stories:  Using Yoga to Connect Stories and Folklore to our Lives.”  Our spring Yoga and Storytelling classes will be based on Vinyasa or flow yoga. This type of yoga focuses on the coordination of breathing and movement. It will include fundamental yoga postures and sun salutations that can be adjusted to different levels. Stories, in the form of folk literature, will be integrated into the yoga classes as a way to allow us to consider how stories impact and inform our lives.  CSWF 2015 Faculty Fellow:  Deirdre Englehart, Associate Professor, Early Childhood Development and Education, College of Education and Human Performance.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015.  2:00pm – 3:30pm, FCTL – CB-1 Room 205. CSWF Successful Women Seminar Series – Karen Morrison, UCF Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. “Recalculating…Navigating the UCF Experience”. 
With a new chief diversity officer and directive, the UCF Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is in the process of evaluating services and facilitating campus-wide communication, collaboration and engagement on diversity topics and creation of a more inclusive culture. This session will include a discussion of the new direction for ODI, including an opportunity for your input on the most-needed strategies and priorities for improving women’s experience at UCF. The session will also include a dialogue about work life balance challenges and potential actions we can take to improve the quality of our professional and personal experiences.

OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION EVENT: TITLE IX’S REQUIREMENTS FOR ADDRESSING SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN UNIVERSITY ENVIRONMENTS
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 diverse@ucf.edu by March 18, 2015

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion along with the Leadership Enhancement Program invite you to participate in the 2015 UCF Leadership Institute. This one-day institute is dedicated to the cultivation of leadership and diversity within higher education, and it is free to all members of the UCF community. This year's topic is "Inspiring Leadership through Diversity:  A Mosaic of Opportunities."
Friday, March 27, 2015  9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (registration starts at 8:30 a.m.)  UCF 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 at the same Website: http://lep.online.ucf.edu/.

17TH ANNUAL LITERACY SYMPOSIUM (APRIL 3, 2015)

Preparing for its 17th year, UCF’s annual Literacy Symposium offers a terrific opportunity for all educators (e.g., K-20, 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. This year's theme is: Writing in an Era of New Educational Standards. Sample topics include writing instruction, digital teaching and learning, digital writing, motivating reluctant readers, and college and career readiness. For more information, contact Vicky Zygouris-Coe (vzygouri@ucf.edu), event organizer.

 

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