May - Week 4

Hello Everyone-


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

HAPPENINGS FOR THE 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.

MESSAGE FROM UCF LYNDACAMPUS
We are pleased to announce that all UCF students and faculty members now have unlimited access to www.lyndaCampus.aa.ucf.edu, an online library of high-quality instructional videos on the latest software suites and products.  Powered by Lynda.com, www.lyndaCampus.aa.ucf.edu 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 www.lyndaCampus.aa.ucf.edu portal and click the “lyndaCampus Login” banner. We also recommend you watch the “How to use lynda.com” video. - http://www.lynda.com/Business-tutorials/How-use-lyndacom/77683-2.html . Feel free to contact UCFlyndaCampus@ucf.edu 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!

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
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 www.diversity.ucf.edu. 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 www.diversity.ucf.edu. 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 dayanara.hudson@ucf.edu by 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Winners will be announced on Monday, July 13, 2015.

TOPR SUBMISSION RESULTS
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: https://topr.online.ucf.edu/index.php/Press_Release_Spring_2015
 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? :-)
http://topr.online.ucf.edu/index.php/Authors
 If you have any questions about TOPR, please contact topr@ucf.edu.

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.

 

Faculty Spotlight View Other Award Winners

Bruce Wilson
College of Arts and Sciences Bruce  Wilson My role as a teacher is to provide students with excellent training in Political Science and to equip them with the necessary skills to succeed in their careers and to become lifelong learners. I emphasize critical thinking and writing skills and expose students to an increasingly diverse and global political wor...

Otto Phanstiel
College of Sciences Otto Phanstiel I image myself as a co-journeyer, who walks with students through the key concepts of the course and challenges them to solve new problems using these ideas. Revising and creating new curriculum is necessary to prepare our students for their careers. Over the past three years I have worked with other faculty...

Ernest Smith
College of Arts and Sciences Ernest  Smith When I began my full-time teaching career, the first text I taught was from Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed, where the Brazilian educator contrasts "problem-posing education" and "the banking concept of education." According to Freire, the key to education is dialogic learning, rather than the one direct...