September - Week 1

Hello Everyone-

Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. This is National Suicide Prevention Week. See below for information from Counseling and Psychological Services about related campus activities, and encourage your students to get involved, too.  

The deadline to sign up for the fall Faculty Development Cohorts described below is this Thursday, so let us know if you have any questions about that. Also, this fall the Faculty Center will host a monthly brown bag session about an education-related TED Talk. We will watch a short video and then discuss it together.  The first session will feature Sugata Mitra's lecture, "Build a School in the Cloud" and will take place on Friday, September 18, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 the Faculty Center. Feel free to suggest our next selection. 

Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 8th
Course Design for Effective Learning 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, September 9th
Digital Storytelling Interest Group, Presentation by Natalie Underberg-Goode 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 

Thursday, September 10th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Designing Effective Learning Activities 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Digital Storytelling Interest Group, Presentation by Natalie Underberg-Goode 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Friday, September 11th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Faculty Center’s digital storytelling interest group meet this week, featuring guest speaker Natalie Underberg-Goode, who will discuss her digital storytelling work and provide an overview of some digital storytelling approaches, examples, and resources that might prove helpful for your own work.

Days and times:
Wednesday, September 9th, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in CB1-205
Thursday, September 10th, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in CB1-205

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning offers opportunities for faculty to examine important and new topics in teaching and learning with Faculty Development Cohorts (FDCs).

Faculty participate in multiple workshops, which include a series of hands-on experiences designed to help innovate or refine teaching techniques and learning activities. Participants may receive support from representatives of the Faculty Center, Office of Institutional Research, Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness (RITE), Research and Commercialization, Office of Instructional Resources, Center for Distributed Learning, Libraries, and other relevant units and individual faculty members. After completing the workshops, participants often produce a final project for inclusion in the Faculty Center Web site.

Registration is open until September 10th at 5:00 p.m. for Fall 2015 FDCs; topics for the semester are “Bring Your Own Device” and “Role-Immersion Activities for Student Engagement.” For further details, including dates, times, and the registration link, please visit

September 7-13, 2015 is National Suicide Prevention Week. The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health, is hosting World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th, 2015. This year’s theme is “Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives,” and will focus on raising awareness that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death on a global level.

Here at UCF, we will be hosting our annual “Field of Memories: Be Aware Show You Care” Flag Exhibit on Memory Mall, September 10th from 9:00-3:00. The exhibit is a powerful and poignant visual display representing the 1100 suicides that occur on U. S. college campuses each year. We will be asking students, faculty and staff, as they walk by to write a message of hope to someone who may be struggling with depression or to remember someone lost to suicide. The goal is to fill the field with over a 1000 yellow flags. We are asking for volunteers to help collect the flags to display or to just come out to Memory Mall to support the event by writing your own message of hope to display in the field.  

We will also be advertising our QPR a Thon – Suicide Prevention Training, which will be held the following week on Sept, 16th in the Student Union rm 316AB. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer), guided by certified trainers, is a program designed for everyone to learn what can be done to prevent suicide. The training session is a one hour presentation where you will learn the signs of suicide and three basic principles of how to help save a life. QPR is designed for students, faculty and staff and anyone at UCF.  The trainings begin at 9:00am with a new session starting on the top of each hour. The last training offered will at 2:00 pm.

Together we can reduce the number of lives shaken by a needless and tragic death.  Please contact Teresa Michaelson-Chmelir at Counseling and Psychological Services for more information.

Here is a link to a nicely done video from the Chronicle of Higher Ed about LGBTQ students in the classroom:

The Faculty Center, the Center for Distributed Learning, and Student Accessibility Services will co-host the following accessibility webinars this semester:

Wednesday, September 16, 2PM ET - Netflix and the ADA: How a Landmark Case Changed the Legal Landscape of Closed Captioning
This webinar will be presented by Arlene B. Mayerson, who led the legal team in the case that secured a historic settlement that ensures 100% closed captions in Netflix's streaming video content. Ms. Mayerson will discuss the application of the ADA, as well as how the ruling impacts online education and other industries using streaming video.  LOCATION: CB1 Room 202 (Faculty Multimedia Center)

Thursday, October 1, 2PM ET - 11 1/2 Free Tools for Testing Website Accessibility
In this webinar, David Berman, the #1 rated speaker on the topic of web accessibility standards as well as an international expert in the field, will share with you the best tools his team uses when auditing and testing websites and documents. Having an excellent test regimen is a crucial part of online accessibility, and David has found the best tools to fit your workflow, platforms, and competencies… so you don’t have to!  LOCATION: CB1 Room 202 (Faculty Multimedia Center)

Thursday, October 8, 2PM ET - 10 Tips for Creating Accessible Online Course Content
With recent lawsuits in higher education and updates to Section 508 on the horizon, it is more important than ever that online learning content be made accessible to students with disabilities. In this webinar, Janet Sylvia, Web Accessibility Group Leader and Web Accessibility Trainer, will provide you with 10 tips for making your online course material accessible. LOCATION: CB1 Room 205 (Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning)

Thursday, Sept 10, 2015, 12:30 – 1:30pm, CB-1, Room 207. CSWF Book Club.  “Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia” Edited by Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs; Yolanda Flores Neimann; Carment G. Gonzalez; Angela P. Harris. (Discussing Chapters: Introduction, Chapter 2 and Chapter 7)   No RSVP needed.

Monday, Sept 14, 2015, Noon – 1:00pm, Student Union Cedar Key Room 223, Yoga and Storytelling Class
“Family Stories:  Using Yoga to Connect Stories and Folklore to our Lives.”  Instructor: Deirdre Englehart, Associate Lecturer, Early Childhood Development and Education, College of Education and Human Performance.  No RSVP needed.

Wednesday, Sept 16, 2015
, 9:00am – 1:00pm, Student Union Cedar Key Room 223, CPR Training
FREE Red Cross Adult CPR class for UCF women faculty. Red Cross certification now is good for 2 years. To reserve your spot please contact Fran Ragsdale

Friday, Sept 18, 2015, 3:30pm – 5:30pm, UCF Arboretum Herb Planting, Eating and Harvesting.  UCF Arboretum ( Tour Guide:  Jen Elliott, Coordinator Arboretum Programs, UCF Arboretum. No RSVP needed.

Monday, Sept 21, 2015, 3:00 – 5:00pm, Live Oak Room. President Hitt’s New Women Faculty Reception.  

Thursday, Sept 24, 2015, Noon – 12:30pm, Atrium of the Psychology Building, (Building 99), (Please arrive at 11:45, tour starts promptly at noon), Private Tour of PTSD Clinic. Tour Guide:  Dr. Deborah Beidel, Pegasus Professor of Psychology, Director, UCF Anxiety Disorders Clinic/PTSD Clinic (RESTORES).  No RSVP needed.

On behalf of LGBTQ+ Services and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, please consider and save the date for an opportunity to bring your evening classes to hear Lou Anne Smoot, author of A Christian Coming Out: A Journal of the Darkest Period In My Life, address the UCF community on September 22, 2015. Lou Ann will be speaking about how she reconciled being a part of an organized religion and identifying as LGBTQ+. She will focus on her personal journey and struggle, and ultimately, how she found peace with being Christian and LGBT. 
If you are interested in bringing your classes to this event, please contact Justin Andrade, LGBTQ+ Services Coordinator,

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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