May - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.  The annual Summer Faculty Development Conference, a campuswide collaboration that will involve over 200 faculty and staff members, will take place Monday, May 11th, through Thursday, May 14th. Whether you’re already registered to participate or not, you are welcome to attend any and all sessions listed in the program, which you will find here: The planning team has put together three excellent plenary sessions as well as a wide range of concurrent sessions that address important and interesting topics.  The keynote speaker this year is Stephen Black, founder of the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at the University of Alabama, who will discuss how institutions of higher education should extend their civic responsibilities.  The conference will also feature a session about the 2016 Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) vision of connecting students’ curricular and co-curricular experiences to their professional and civic goals. Those interested in helping students prepare for careers can attend a panel featuring recruiters from five local agencies. Interim Vice Provost Manoj Chopra will also moderate a panel on facilitating transfer student success.
We hope to see you there.
Have a great week!

Wednesday, May 7th
Using Gradebook Tools to Prepare Final Grades (Drop in) 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 8th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, May 9th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

An intensive three-week program to teach Russian language and culture to Central Florida residents will be offered free this summer at UCF. The program, sponsored by The National Security Language Initiative and US Department of Defense, will be held from July 6th to July 25th and is free of charge (Ages 15+). It will support both beginning and intermediate levels and will take place at the College of Arts and Humanities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Classes will be held in the morning from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. Lunch will be provided (free) from the Russian cafĂ© Lacomka from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. Extracurricular activities will be held from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.
Students, faculty, and staff who are interested may register at the following website by May 10th:

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.

The editors of the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR) are happy to direct your attention to the press release linked below in which they have announced the results of the Spring 2015 TOPR Call for Submissions. Feel free to distribute this information through your personal networks.
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Educause Learning Initiative (ELI) is sponsoring a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) webinar on May 11 from 1-2. Since UCF is a member of ELI, the webinar is available to interested parties by registering at the following website:
The purpose of the event is to:

  1. Learn how UDL helps instructors design for all learners from the outset.
  2. Consider the importance of using all three UDL principles in creating curriculum and institutional practices.
  3. Understand opportunities and challenges for UDL implementation in postsecondary education settings.

Summer Session Reminder
The UCF Libraries wants to remind all faculty that ordering of library materials continues throughout the summer sessions. Requests for materials that support your teaching and research needs should be forwarded to your department library liaison or the librarian for your subject. The list of librarians by subject can be found at:

Technology Fee
Faculty are encouraged to work with Michael Arthur, Head of Acquisitions & Collection Development in the development of technology fee proposals that will be submitted in the Fall 2015. Previous collaboration with faculty has resulted in several successful proposals for digital content that is being used routinely in courses at UCF. The proposals are strengthened when faculty contribute their expertise and help explain how the requested resource will benefit student learning. To date, the UCF Libraries has received over $2.1M in technology funding. All funds have been used to purchase exciting new digital content that otherwise would not have been available to the UCF community.

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.


Faculty Spotlight View Other Award Winners

Ann Marie Whyte
College of Business Administration Ann Marie   Whyte Consistent with my goal of becoming a more effective educator, my teaching style has evolved considerably over the years. I recognize that students learn in a variety of ways, and I seek to create a rich environment that is conducive to student learning. During the spring and summer semesters, I typically t...

Ricardo Zaurin
College of Engineering & Computer Science Ricardo   Zaurin In my opinion, teaching is not only reciting concepts and formulas. The professor must be an integral and active part of the learning process ensuring that the information and knowledge is presented in a way that all students feel motivated and eager to learn.  I involve my students in the class, challenging ...

Karen Verkler
College of Education Karen  Verkler I believe that content area instruction is of secondary importance. Of utmost importance is the establishment of a caring, positive learning environment in which the student is encouraged to believe in himself/herself and to demonstrate self-respect and respect for others. In addition, I adamantly espou...