November - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Don't forget that applications for the 2015 Winter Faculty Development Conference are due this Friday at 5:00 p.m.  The theme is Transparency in Teaching and Learning: Critical Questions for Higher Education. Please submit your proposal at  If you have questions, please contact the Faculty Center staff.
Have a great week!

The activities below will take place in the Faculty Center (Classroom Building One, Room 207) unless otherwise noted. If you would like to participate virtually, please email us at and we will attempt to accommodate your request. 

Thursday, November 12th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Digital Storytelling Interest Group 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Faculty Media Center (CB1-202)

Friday, November 13th
Workshop: Building a Better Syllabus 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Faculty Center’s digital storytelling interest group meets this week and next in the Faculty Media Center. We will see demonstrations of video editing tools and have an opportunity to work with them.
 Days and times (n.b., both presentations cover the same content, so attend the most convenient session):
Thursday, November 12th, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in CB1-202
Wednesday, November 18th, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in CB1-202

Help Redesign the Libraries’ Databases Page
The UCF Libraries is redesigning the Databases page of our website to make it more usable and useful. We are seeking faculty who would like to participate in a short, in-person usability test. It will take approximately 15 minutes, and can be done here in the library or in your office. We plan to run the tests between 11/12 and 11/20. Please email if you’re willing to participate.

Fairwinds Credit Union will host an event for UCF faculty and staff called “Real Estate Workshop-What Does the Current Market Look Like?” on November 13th from 3-4:30 p.m. in Teaching Academy, Room 130. To ask questions or RSVP, contact Justin Barwick at 407-206-5780 or

The University of Central Florida’s Latino Faculty and Staff Association (LaFaSA) is an organization dedicated to raising awareness and advocating for the needs and goals of Latino faculty and staff at UCF. LaFaSA seeks to advance educational and work opportunities that would enhance the status of Latinos/as within the university community. LaFaSA’s mission is to promote a family environment that embraces and respects the various identities within the Latino/a culture through quality, bilingual programming, networking opportunities and guidance, to UCF’s Latino students, faculty and staff; and the greater UCF community.

Social Justice & Advocacy oversees the UCF Safe Zone Series, which includes a series of workshops aimed to provide education on LGBTQ+ topics. “Safe Zone Quick Chats” are hour-long brown bag lunch dialogues featuring several SDES speakers. Please join us on Friday, November 13, 2015 from 11:00-1:00pm in SU Key West 218CD.

November 18th – Safe Zone Quick Chat (lunch): What is the Q?  SU 225, 12pm-1pm - Featuring Stephanie Preston, LMHC, Counseling and Psychological Services, and President of Pride Faculty and Staff Association – Join the dialogue about the word “Queer.”  What does it mean?  Is it safe to use?  Learn about the historical context behind the word and if it’s appropriate to use.

The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities would like to announce the 2015-2016 Creed Art Contest. This year both University employees and currently enrolled students can submit original 2-D or 3-D pieces of artwork that represent the UCF Creed Values of Integrity, Scholarship, Community, Creativity or Excellence. This year’s theme is: Knight’s Sky- Which Creed value is your North Star? Art must be dropped off at the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities no later than November 20, 2015 at 5:00pm, (Ferrell Commons, rm.227). Prizes this year include tickets to Wet and Wild, UCF Bookstore gift certificate and gift basket, Chick-fil-A gift baskets, Forever 21 gift card, and more. University employee grand prize winner receives a one month Recreation and Wellness Center membership. For full contest information, visit:

The Undergraduate Research track within LEAD Scholars Academy is designed to allow students to have a professional, hands-on, paid, research related experience. These students are third or fourth year university students who have been accepted into the new LEAD Scholars Academy track program. This experience will include 10 hours of research per week for 15 weeks during the Spring 2016 semester. The deadline for all faculty and student applications is Monday, November 30, 2015. Apply here: 
Please contact Stacey Malaret, Director for the LEAD Scholars Academy, at 407-823-6492 or via email at

The Faculty Senate Strategic Planning Council members would like to invite students to the strategic planning campus stakeholder forums, in addition to faculty and staff. The forums will be held on Oct. 26 and Nov. 12, from 9-11 am in Key West Ballroom, Student Union.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to contribute their ideas during an open discussion about UCF's vision and future impact in Central Florida and across our community. In October, university and community leaders launched a strategic planning process to set UCF’s trajectory for the next 20 years. In doing so, we’ll help shape how we can have a greater impact on lives and livelihoods throughout the region. This forum, hosted by the UCF Faculty Senate, will be an open discussion about UCF's short- and long-term opportunities, challenges, and areas of unique strength. Together, we'll consider our purpose, the quality our university provides, and areas of excellence that distinguish UCF from other institutions on the national and international stage. We also will examine how UCF best fits into the education landscape in the state and across the country. 
Learn more about strategic planning at

UCF's Center for Distributed Learning has developed an easy-to-use tool that looks through your online course and finds possible issues that could prevent a student from accessing the content due to a disability. It's called The Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT (pronounced, "You Do It"), and this workshop will go over the history and give a demonstration of the tool. After the demonstration, you will have an opportunity to run UDOIT on your own course, and CDL can show you how to make the most of your results.

CDL will offer the workshop at the following dates and times (use the hyperlinks to register for your preferred session):
·         Monday, November 9th, 1-2pm (
·         Monday, November 16th, 10-11am (
Both sessions will be in the Faculty Multimedia Center (CB1-202), and computers will be provided.

Join a faculty writing club to focus on productivity and camaraderie. Having trouble getting into a good writing rhythm? Need to get away from your office to get a change of perspective and a little privacy? Forget the coffee shop—join your colleagues on Thursday and Friday mornings from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. in the Faculty Center for a loosely structured writing session. We'll take five or six minutes each week to go around the room and state a goal for the time block and then spend the rest of the time working on our individual projects. Bring your own laptop or use a Faculty Center computer. And of course there will be coffee. Everyone is welcome!


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