April - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. 
Have a great week!

The activities below will take place in the Faculty Center (Classroom Building One, Room 207) unless otherwise noted. This semester, we’re experimenting with workshop RSVPs. If you would like to attend one of this week’s workshops, please email fctl@ucf.edu with the title and date of the workshop to reserve your spot. If you would like to participate virtually, please include that in your response and we will try to accommodate your request.

Thursday, April 7th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Book Club and Brown Bag for Honors Faculty: Minds On Fire

Friday, April 8th
Writing a Journal Article in Twelve Weeks Faculty Development Cohort 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in CB1-205
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Russian Culture Night, presented by Dr. Alla Kourova. Wednesday, April 7 at 5:00 p.m. in CB1-205. Come and enjoy Russian food and the friendly atmosphere of the Faculty Center Culture Night.
Please RSVP to Alla.Kourova@ucf.edu.

The Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) has awarded the sixth annual Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching to Dr. Alisha Janowsky from the Department of Psychology. The Dziuban Award is a peer-reviewed selected honor. The award committee consists of several experienced, award-winning online faculty at UCF. The committee also recognized two Honorable Mentions: Kenneth Hanson from Judaic Studies and Dan Martin from the Department of Writing and Rhetoric.

More info about the award, eligibility, and winners: https://online.ucf.edu/teach-online/professional-development/dziuban-award/

Monday April 4, 2016, Noon – 1:00 SU Egmont Key Room 224. Yoga and Storytelling Class
“Family Stories:  Using Yoga to Connect Stories and Folklore to our Lives.”  Our fall Yoga and Storytelling classes will be based on Vinyasa or flow yoga. This type of yoga focuses on the coordination of breathing and movement. It will include fundamental yoga postures and sun salutations that can be adjusted to different levels. Stories, in the form of folk literature, will be integrated into the yoga classes as a way to allow us to consider how stories impact and inform our lives.  Instructor: Deirdre Englehart, Associate Lecturer, Early Childhood Development and Education, College of Education and Human Performance.  No RSVP needed.

You are invited to participate in a research study entitled ‘Faculty Knowledge and Readiness in Reporting Student Victimization Disclosure and Title IX Compliance’ being conducted by Abigail Malick, a UCF doctoral student in sociology. The purpose of this research is to gather information regarding faculty members’ experience with student disclosure, as well as attitudes related to victimization reporting guidelines. This includes faculty, adjuncts, and graduate students with teaching experience. Interviews will be conducted face-to-face or over the telephone. The interview will be scheduled at your convenience and will take 30-45 minutes to complete.

The study may provide valuable information regarding the help-seeking behavior of college student victims and the current strategies used to respond to disclosures of student victimization. If you are interested or need more information, please respond to Abigail Malick at Abigail.Malick@knights.ucf.edu.

Applications are being accepted for the Academic Leadership Academy, Provost Faculty Fellows, and the new Office of Faculty Excellence Faculty Fellows Program.

The deadline to apply for the Academic Leadership Academy is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. This program provides an introduction to academic leadership and an opportunity for faculty to interact with senior academic leaders and build a mental model of university administration. Participants also develop a leadership network with peers across multiple disciplines. The goals of the program are to strengthen faculty and to instill the skills and attitudes of leaders, including a commitment to the role of diversity in achieving excellence. Members meet monthly during the academic year to participate in interactive seminars, discussions, and hands-on practical activities.

The deadline to apply for the 2016-17 Provost Faculty Fellows Program is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13. This program is designed to develop leadership skills for UCF’s most accomplished faculty and to build exceptional leadership by supporting individual faculty development, while simultaneously enhancing UCF culture and capacities through a wide range of mentoring, learning, and collaboration activities with academic and administrative offices across campus. Faculty members must first submit applications to their college dean/unit head by Friday, April 8, with complete applications due to the Office of Faculty Excellence by end-of-day April 13.

The deadline to apply for the Faculty Excellence Faculty Fellow Program is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13. This new program is designed to provide leadership opportunities that will strengthen ongoing initiatives and launch new initiatives through the Office of Faculty Excellence. These fellows will collaborate with colleagues from within the office and across campus to support a number of initiatives, including: academic leadership development; professional development of faculty at various career stages; awards and faculty productivity; communications and marketing; faculty recruitment; and partnerships with International Affairs and Global Strategies. Up to two Office of Faculty Excellence Faculty Fellows will be selected for 2016-17. Applications must be submitted by faculty to their college dean/unit head by April 8, with complete applications due to the Office of Faculty Excellence by end-of-day April 13.

Additional details for each program are on the Office of Faculty Excellence’s website at http://facultyexcellence.ucf.edu/professional-development-opportunities/

Questions about the programs can be directed to the Office of Faculty Excellence at (407) 823-1113 or facultyexcellence@ucf.edu.

Applications open: March 10, 2016
Applications due: May 10, 2016
Apply at:  http://osc.sdes.ucf.edu/scb

Are you interested in helping educate 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 apply to serve on the 2016-2017 Student Conduct Review Board.

Any undergraduate/graduate student, faculty or staff member in good standing with the University is eligible to apply. Students must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and full-time status. Applicants must uphold all University policies. Other requirements include the ability to work well with others; sensitivity and respect for others, openness to differences, and the ability to maintain strict confidentiality of all student conduct information.

Newly selected conduct board members will receive extensive training on the Rules of Conduct policies and procedures, as well as improving skills in listening, questioning and decision-making. There will also be an opportunity to practice these skills prior to hearing actual cases through involvement in a mock hearing and various shadowing opportunities. Additional training and information sessions will be held during the year to continue to develop and improve skills and knowledge to help in effectively serving on a conduct review board.  New Conduct Board members will be trained in two days in between the Summer Fall 2016 academic terms, with sessions taking place on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 and Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

Time Commitment
Conduct Board members serve as often as their schedules permit. Each year we average around 300 formal hearings, so there will be plenty to choose from! Most hearings take between 2 and 3 hours and are conducted during 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Conduct board members serve on 1-2 hearings a month (with an opportunity for more) as either a member of a panel, or a solo administrative hearing officer.

How to Apply
You can find an application at http://osc.sdes.ucf.edu/scb
Please fill out the application in its entirety online. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have any questions about the application, please contact Rosemarie Timothy at Rosemarie.Timothy@ucf.edu. Applications will open on March 10, 2016 and are due by 5:00 p.m. on May 10, 2016.

Following the submission of the application, selected applicants will move on to our group interviewing phase will be contacted in early to mid-June.  Selected candidates will be notified late June.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (407) 823-4638 or email us st_condu@ucf.edu.

The Course Preview tool is available to advertise a tentative syllabus to potential students who are registering for classes. This information is not automatically available to all students. Faculty must opt-in to this feature. The tentative syllabus can only be seen by current UCF students and is not available via the public search for classes. For more information on how to construct a course preview, visit: http://fctl.ucf.edu/TeachingAndLearningResources/CourseDesign/Syllabus/coursepreview.php. For instructions on how to opt-in to this feature, visit: http://online.ucf.edu/support/webcourses/other/course-preview/

It’s a national election year, and the UCF Diversity Week will seek to engage our campus community on the impact of political debate and government structure on diverse individuals and groups. Our theme is “Empowering Diverse Voices in Our Democracy.” We need the help of our awesome faculty! Please share the 2016 Diversity Week Student Poster Contest with your students. The winning poster will reflect a campus that values diversity and inclusion and successfully represents our theme through the power of visual art. Please visit our website to download the poster competition rules/application

Join a faculty writing club to start your spring semester off with a 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 a.m.-12 p.m. in FCTL 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 an FCTL computer. And of course there will be coffee. Everyone is welcome!

The Faculty Center is happy to share information about events or activities that are relevant to faculty in the listserv each week. If you would like to request that we include an announcement, please email me  a paragraph (three to four sentences) including a link to additional information if appropriate, by close of business on Wednesday for inclusion on the following Sunday. Due to technological constraints we cannot include attachments or HTML formatted text. Remember to include critical details like the place and time for the event and feel free to suggest a headline. Just send your announcements to me at melody@ucf.edu and we will help to spread the word.


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