August - Week 5

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. This Friday (9/2) is the deadline for several Faculty Center programs—we look forward to hearing from you. New(ish) faculty members, please consider joining our How Learning Works book club, which is just for you!
Have a great week,

The activities below will take place in the Faculty Center (Classroom Building One, Room 207) unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, September 1st
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, September 2nd
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Active Learning and Metacognition Course Innovation Project
The Faculty Center hopes to recruit 10-15 faculty members to participate in an Active Learning and Metacognition Course Innovation Project. In this cohort, faculty will learn strategies that can be incorporated into any course to improve student metacognition, motivation, and performance.

Participants will augment at least one of their courses with metacognitive strategies. Faculty will read Saundra Yancy McGuire’s book Teach Students How to Learn and attend five workshops that incorporate information from the book.

To learn more about or apply for this opportunity, see the form at Applications are due by September 2nd.

SoTL Faculty Development Cohort
The Faculty Center will host a Fall 2016 SoTL workshop series in which participants will research the effectiveness of an active learning strategy that they have implemented in at least one course.  Faculty members will meet five times during the semester to learn more about the SoTL process and to share their progress with peers.  Participants will receive a copy of the book Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning by Cathy Bishop-Clark and Beth Dietz-Uhler, which will serve as a primary resource during the program.

To learn more about or apply for this opportunity, see the form at Applications are due by September 2nd.

The Faculty Center hopes to recruit up to three faculty members from across the university and from both the instructor/lecturer and tenure tracks to participate in our faculty fellows program. All full-time faculty are eligible to apply, and applications are due September 2nd. Email for more information.


  • The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal by Parker J. Palmer and Arthur Zajonc. This book proposes an approach to teaching and learning that integrates mind, heart, and spirit in order to awaken the deepest potential in students, faculty, and staff. It responds to critics of holistic education and explores connections between the sciences, humanities, and contemplative traditions.  Our meetings will be held in the Faculty Center (CB1-207) from 12:00-1:00 on the following Wednesdays: 9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, and 11/2. If you are interested in participating, email The first ten respondents will receive a free copy of the book.
  • Minds on Fire: How Role-Immersion Games Transform College by Mark C. Carnes (2014).  This study is based on interviews with students and faculty who participated in the pedagogical innovation “Reacting to the Past,” which began at Barnard College (  Several faculty members at UCF are already implementing these ideas in their courses and are reporting very high levels of student engagement. Our meetings will be held in the Faculty Center (CB1-207) from 12:00-1:00 on the following Fridays: 9/16, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, and 11/4. If you are interested in participating, email The first ten respondents will receive a free copy of the book.
  • How Learning Works, by Ambrose, et al. “New” Faculty Reading Group: Faculty members who have been at UCF for four years or fewer are especially invited to join this monthly discussion group that will address multiple aspects of teaching and faculty life. Fall meetings will be held on September 13th, October 11th, and November 15th at noon in the Faculty Center. If you are interested in participating, email The first ten respondents will receive a free copy of the book.

Student consultants are UCF undergraduate or graduate students who, when requested, can provide faculty with feedback about their classes in a variety of ways. Consultants are carefully selected and trained to provide descriptive observation and work as a resource to faculty. Student consultants learn from Faculty Center staff members about how to provide objective information on classroom activities through the use of classroom observations and other services. The consultants all have an interest in supporting excellence in teaching and learning, and they receive training in pedagogy, observational techniques, and classroom data.

Visit the SCOT webpage to learn more about the program, to invite a student to observe your class, or to request more information:

The UCF Pride Faculty & Staff Association (PFSA is offering opportunities for UCF faculty and staff to get together and process what happened at Pulse this summer. The first will focus on how to support students who are still processing, and the second will be how to support one another. Representatives from CAPS will be in attendance.

Come, talk, laugh, cry, say nothing, eat a cookie, or just breathe.

Pulse Chat: How to Support Students 9/7 2-3:30PM, Student Union room 222
Pulse Chat: Supporting One Another 10/25 3-4:30PM, Student Union room 225

Dr. Jon Landis, US Development Executive with Apple Inc.
Monday, October 17, 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in CB1-205
Mobile pedagogy represents a fundamental shift in content access and in the role of the traditional classroom. This presentation isn't about trendy technology fads or the latest gadgets... this is about facing the challenges and maximizing the possibilities of a connected world. In addition to exploring the dynamics of this new educational paradigm, we will examine the practical implementation strategies, hardware, and support necessary to improve learning opportunity. This session has three parts:

The Why - Do mobile devices have a place in the learning experience?
The How - How does a mobility-rich environment work?
The What - What are current colleges and universities doing as a part of the mobility revolution?

Call for Student Manuscripts: UCF Undergraduate Research Journal (UCF URJ)
The UCF URJ is a multi-disciplinary, faculty-reviewed journal open to undergraduates at the University of Central Florida. The priority deadline for Fall is September 16th. Manuscripts received by this deadline will have a publication decisions before the end of the semester, other manuscripts are accepted on a rolling basis. ( or

Florida Statewide Symposium: Engagement in Undergraduate Research  (October 21-22)
UCF hosts this annual professional development opportunity for faculty and staff engaged in the undergraduate research. The conference features workshops, poster sessions, and a keynote address from Trisha Thorme, of Princeton University, on Transformative Learning Through Community-Based Research. (

Undergraduate Research: Resources Available and Effective Mentoring Practices
Interested in mentoring undergraduates through research and academic scholarship? Or are you currently working with undergraduates and want to know about the UCF resources? Please join us for this workshop to discuss the programs available for undergraduate researchers and best practices for mentoring them through the experience. This workshop will be hosted in the Faculty Multimedia Center (Classroom Building 1, room 202) on Tuesday, September 13th, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Monday, September 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) has announced the Fall semester trainings with the Unity Star news found at These sessions tend to fill quickly. The ODI training staff is also available for workshops and classroom presentations tailored to your needs. Please contact Barbara Thompson or Rachel Luce-Hitt by calling (407) 823-6479 or by emailing

Hispanic Heritage Month Opening Celebration: Speaker: María S. García, Vice President, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando. Topic: Latinos Presente in the 2016 Election. Time/Place: Thursday, September 15, 2016, 12:00-1:30pm, in SU Cape Florida Ballroom, 316.

Law & Disorder: Performer: Elizardi Castro, Prosecutor, Defense Attorney and Comedian. Topic: Latinos Presente in the Legal System. Time/Place: Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 7:30-9:00pm, in SU Pegasus Grand Ballroom.

Hispanic Heritage Month Closing Celebration: Speaker: Jorge Estévez, WFTV/Eyewitness News. Topic: Latinos Presente in the Media. Time/Place: Thursday, October 13, 2016, 12:00-1:30pm, in SU Key West Ballroom, 218.

LaFaSA respectfully requests that all faculty encourage their students to attend these Hispanic Heritage Month events and consider granting credit in their courses for attendance. A full calendar of Hispanic Heritage Month events will be made available on September 1, 2016. LaFaSA greatly appreciates your support of Hispanic Heritage Month! Any questions about Hispanic Heritage Month may be directed to Dr. Cyndia Muñiz, LaFaSA President,

The Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program invites applications for the WAC Starter Grant Program. The program is intended as a “gateway into WAC,” so new faculty and faculty who have not yet worked with our program are particularly encouraged to apply. The purpose of the program is to foster improvement of student learning through writing in the disciplines. This goal will be accomplished through the design of innovative instructional approaches, assignments, and classroom activities. Grants will be awarded to assist faculty in designing activities, assignments, outcomes, and even courses that will improve the teaching and learning of writing in their departments and programs. The application deadline is September 15th. Full details and application instructions can be found on the WAC Program’s website.

Richard Kadison and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo state in their book, College of the Overwhelmed, that colleges and universities are seeing an increase in the number of enrolled students struggling with serious mental health issues. When it comes to recognizing a student in some form of distress, it is no surprise that university faculty and staff are often on the front line as first observers of a student’s unusual or concerning behavior in the classroom. When this occurs, there is no doubt about the need to get involved, but more often the doubt is about HOW to get involved. The answer: QPR gatekeeper training.

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) 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, staff, and anyone at UCF. 

On Wednesday, September 14th the QPR trainers will be offering suicide prevention training during our bi-annual QPR a Thon – Suicide Prevention Training!

**The trainings begin at 9:00am with a new training beginning on the top of each hour. The last training offered will at 2:00 pm.

The event will be held in the Student Union, 316AB. Please contact Teresa Michaelson-Chmelir at CAPS if you have any questions: or 407-823-2811.

Volunteer UCF is looking for engaged faculty or staff members to serve as advisors for the Alternative Break Program. The Alternative Break Faculty Advisor plays a crucial role in helping students increase their awareness of social and intellectual issues throughout the trip in a safe and effective manner. We are looking for faculty members and A&P staff to participate. If are interested in learning more and/or applying to become an advisor for a future Alternative Break Program trip, please fill out our online interest form at Once you log in, you will find the application under forms. Trip dates are December 13-19, 2016, January 12-15 and March 13-18, 2017For more information, visit or contact Miguel Ortiz, Graduate Assistant for the Alternative Break Program (

CDL has developed a Webcourses@UCF integration called Quiz Extensions. This integration provides one place to give students extra time to all existing quizzes/exams. Quiz Extensions is available in all Webcourses@UCF courses; however, it has to be added to the course menu. For directions on how to enable and use Quiz Extensions, please visit

Join a faculty writing club to start your fall 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 and we will help to spread the word.


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