October - Week 2

Hello Everyone-

Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Winter Faculty Development Conference. This year's theme is Transparency in Teaching and Learning: Critical Questions for Higher Education. Proposals are due November 13 by 5:00 p.m. and can be submitted at http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_byJxv3g2FxHf5wV beginning today. Remember that for this event, each participant is expected to make a short presentation. This year the presentation will focus on an assignment or learning activity on which you'd like some feedback from colleagues. If you have questions, please contact the Faculty Center staff.  

I also hope you can join us on Friday at 11:45 to watch and discuss Amy Cuddy's TED Talk about how  body language shapes how we see ourselves. This is the one that addresses power poses, and it's excellent for discussion.

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 fctl@ucf.edu and we will attempt to accommodate your request. 

Thursday, October 15th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Lessons from the Science of Learning: Using Retrieval Practice in the Classroom to Improve Learning 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Friday, October 16th
Workshop: Using the iPad to Boost Your Productivity 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Brown Bag Session: TED Talk: Amy Cuddy on Body Language/Power Poses 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Faculty Learning Community: An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (see details below)

The Faculty Center will host a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) that meets on four Friday afternoons, 1:00-2:30 (Oct 2, 16, 30, and Nov 13). The FLC is based on, and will run concurrent with, a free, open, online course (MOOC) about effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them. The course will be held from September 28th until November 19th, 2015.

The course was designed by faculty from several institutions that participate with the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (http://www.cirtl.net/). The course is an outcome of a National Science Foundation grant. Participants in the Faculty Learning Community will receive a $300 grant upon completion of the course and learning community meetings. To register, please send an email to eric.main@ucf.edu
To enroll in the MOOC, visit http://stemteachingcourse.org/.

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 October 5th – October 23rd.

For additional information regarding the qualifications and training of Conduct Board Members, as well as a link to the application, please visit http://osc.sdes.ucf.edu/scb. If you need additional information, please feel free to contact Chanda Postell (Chanda.Postell@ucf.edu).

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.

October 21st – Safe Zone Quick Chat: What is an Ally? SU 223, 12pm-1pm - Featuring Belinda Boston, SDES AVP, Community Support Services – Join the dialogue about what it means to be an ally and/or an advocate.  Are they the same?  Are they different?  Whether you identify as LGBT or an ally, this guest speaker will share some of the successes and challenges in learning to support LGBTQ+ communities in higher education.

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.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) wants to introduce a new and effective web-based treatment for mild to moderate anxiety. It is called TAO (therapist assisted online). It is a 7-week interactive program that has well researched strategies to reduce anxiety. Each week, participants will watch videos, complete exercises and meet with their assigned therapist via video conference for 10-15 minutes for consultation. Students need to make an appointment at CAPS first to see if they are eligible for this treatment. Please share this information with your students. To find out more, please click on this link: http://caps.sdes.ucf.edu/tao

October is Women’s Health month and the UCF Panhellenic Council is hosting a mobile mammogram screening. Please help to spread the word about the opportunity that UCF women have available to them from Florida Hospital Women’s Mobile Wellness and Florida Radiology Imaging. This event will be held all day on Sunday, October 18th from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The location for the screening will be  Greek Park Drive.

The editorial board of the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR) is pleased to announce a call for submissions for new TOPR entries from now until October 31, 2015. Selected entries will be announced in November 2015.

Please consider submitting an entry using the submission form at:  http://bit.ly/topr_submission
You may wish to review the entries selected from the previous call for submissions: http://bit.ly/topr_sp2015  
As you may know, this peer-reviewed scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) resource is emerging as a go-to destination for faculty/designers in search of ideas for online and blended courses. Each entry is highly focused on one teaching practice with a solid description, concrete example(s), relevant professional practice or research literature, and key words connecting to other practices.

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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