May - Week 4

Hello Everyone-

Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.
Have a great week!

Tuesday, May 26th
Workshop: Assessing Service-Learning 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Workshop: Bring Your Own Device 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 28th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, May 29th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

We are pleased to announce that all UCF students and faculty members now have unlimited access to, an online library of high-quality instructional videos on the latest software suites and products.  Powered by, offers more than 3,500 videos, presented by industry experts, designed for all levels of users, and available whenever you’re ready to explore.  Please feel free to share this information with your students and colleagues. To gain access with your UCF NID, visit the portal and click the “lyndaCampus Login” banner. We also recommend you watch the “How to use” video. - . Feel free to contact with any questions.
Areas of interest include:
- Audio and Music
- Business and Professional
- Design and Creative
- Developer
- Photography
- Programming and IT
- Video
- Web
And more!

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.
 Press Release:
 You may wish to view below the list of TOPR’s “Frequently Contributing Authors.” Might you consider contributions of your own so that you can see your name on this list? :-)
 If you have any questions about TOPR, please contact

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

Michael Strawser
College of Arts and Humanities Michael Strawser All true education and edification (or Bildung, which nicely captures the meanings of both words) is based on respect, and I am thankful to have consistently scored highest in this category on my student perception of instruction forms. There are several ways that I try to respect my students, perhaps the most im...

Amanda Groff
College of Sciences Amanda  Groff With differing learning styles, varied background knowledge, and biases, but that these diverse perspectives can actually enrich the learning environment. As such, my role is to create a virtual classroom in which this sharing of learning and discovery flourishes. A strength of the virtual classroom is its ...

Mustapha Mouloua
College of Sciences Mustapha Mouloua One of my primary goals as a teacher is to generate enthusiasm for the learning experience. Effective teaching requires capturing students’ interest, sparking their curiosity and providing them with the information that will increase their desire to further their knowledge and understanding. My goal is to he...