March - Week 5

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about happenings at the Faculty Center and beyond. Please consider serving on the the  UCF  Student Conduct Review Board. This is a chance to be a role model for our students and to shape our campus climate in meaningful ways.  See more info in the announcement below.  Also see details about the 17th Annual Literacy Symposium  happening this week—this event will have relevance for faculty in all disciplines.  
Have a great week!

Thursday, April 2nd 
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, April 3rd
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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

The STEM Education Research Reading Group will next meet on Thursday, April 9th in the Physical Sciences building room 445 from 12:30-1:30 to discuss chapter 6 of Reaching Students: What Research Says About Effective Instruction in Undergraduate Science and Engineering. A free PDF of the book can be downloaded fromThe National Academies Press website. Contact Erin Saitta ( or Jackie Chini ( for more information.
The remaining dates and corresponding chapters are listed below: 
Thursday April 9th - Overcoming Challenges (Chapter 6)
Thursday April 23rd - Creating Broader Contexts (Chapter 7)

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  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  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 by 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.  Winners will be announced on Monday, July 13, 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!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015.  1:30pm – 2:30pm, SU Cape Florida Room 316CD. CSWF Spring Workshop Series for UCF Faculty, Staff and Students Involved in Elder Care and Caring for Family Members.  “Mother’s Little Helper: Myths and Realities of a Work-Life Balance when Caring for Aging Family Members.”  This workshop will focus on the myths and realities of “work- life balance" for female faculty dealing with a primary care-giving role or caring for an aging parent. A discussion of the cognitive, emotional, and psychological aspects of "balancing" the roles of caregiver with personal and career goals will be presented. We will briefly explore the impact of care-giving on women’s lives and some common myths about personal adjustment.  A topic of emphasis in this workshop will be "role strain," which is a social psychological term referring to the difficulty people encounter fulfilling all of their different role obligations (Matlin, 2012). This discussion will involve the different aspects and consequences of role strain including: guilt, anxiety, and depression. Attendees will be provided with various measures to assess their own levels of role strain as well activities relating to coping and role management. Overall, the workshop will focus on emotional, psychological acceptance of personal limitations in various life roles, as well as understanding the emotional, psychological realities and consequences of the pressure experienced when dealing with career and care-giving tasks.  CSWF 2015 Faculty Fellow:  Grace White, Lecturer, Department of Psychology, College of Sciences.

Monday, April 6, 2015. 1:00pm – 2:00pm, SU Cedar Key Room 223. CSWF Spring Workshop Series for UCF Faculty, Staff and Students Planning your Child’s College Path.  “Sending our ‘Babies’ off to College.” Sending kids to college is a nice problem to have, but are you ready? Is my child ready? What to do? Where to start? Which college? How far from home?  Do I get involved in the process? What do we do after the college is chosen? How to prepare my “baby” for leaving the house? How to prepare myself for my “baby” permanently putting me out of “mom’s/dad's business”? Financing kid’s education or my pension plan? Any tax benefits for paying for my dependent kid’s college? Are scholarships a taxable income? Any health insurance provisions? CSWF 2015 Faculty Fellow:  Iryna Malendevych, Instructor, Department of Criminal Justice, College of Health and Public Affairs.

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.

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.

Are you interested in helping educate other students on their rights and responsibilities as University community members, facilitating an understanding of the balance between individual and community rights, and promoting a safe and inclusive atmosphere conducive to student success? Are you excited about encouraging students to embody the tenets of the UCF Creed: integrity, scholarship, community, creativity and excellence?

The Office of Student Conduct is looking for UCF faculty/staff and student community members who are dedicated to upholding the above-mentioned principles to volunteer to serve on the 2015-2016 Student Conduct Review Board. The application will be available on our website from February 10th – April 10th.

For additional information regarding the qualifications and training of Conduct Board Members, as well as a link to the application, please visit If you need additional information, please feel free to contact Chanda Postell (

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 (, event organizer.

Physics Today
The UCF Libraries subscribes to Physics Today.  Here are some interesting articles they featured in this week’s newsletter:
“Democrats call for information from seven clime testers’ universities”
New York Times spotlights Iranian nuclear bomb technical ‘riddle’”
For these articles and more visit: Science in the Media

Morgan & Claypool
Morgan & Claypool Publishers Synthesis Digital Library has added the following lectures online:
An Anthropology of Services: Toward a Practice Approach to Designing Services
Big Data Integration
For these lectures and more visit: Synthesis Digital Library Collection Six, Records 22-26


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