December - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
As we move into finals week, please reach out to our office if you need assistance with closing out this term or preparing for the spring. Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond, including our spring book clubs.
Have a good week,
Melody 

FACULTY CENTER AND PARTNER UNIT HAPPENINGS FOR THE 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 fctl@ucf.edu for information and assistance.

Thursday, December 8th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, December 9th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

SPRING 2017 BOOK CLUBS
Minds Online
Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology by Michelle D. Miller. Faculty members who teach in web-enhanced, mixed-mode, or online modalities are invited to join us for a discussion on cognition and technology-aided approaches to teaching. Meetings will be held on February 8, February 22, March 8, March 22, and April 5 at noon in the Faculty Center. If you are interested in participating, email anna.turner@ucf.edu. The first ten respondents will receive a free copy of the book.

Minds on Fire
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 (https://reacting.barnard.edu/). 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: 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/10, 3/31. If you are interested in participating, email eric.main@ucf.edu. The first ten respondents will receive a free copy of the book.

Disability Aesthetics
Join Assistant Professor of Art History and Faculty Fellow, Keri Watson, in discussion of Tobin Seiber’s Disability Aesthetics (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2010), which explores the hidden role that disability plays in modern art. Disability Aesthetics argues that the essential arguments at the heart of the American culture wars in the late twentieth century involved the rejection of disability both by targeting certain artworks as “sick” and by characterizing these artworks as representative of a sick culture. It also tracks the Seminole role of National Socialism in perceiving the powerful connection between modern art and disability. Our meetings will be held in the Faculty Center (CB1-207) from 12:00 – 1:00 on the following Tuesdays: 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, and 4/18. If you are interested in participating, email fctl@ucf.edu. The first ten respondents will receive a free copy of the book.

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE 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. Classroom Building 1, room 205, on Wednesday, January 18th, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or Friday, January 20th, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY
Illuminations Volume 4, Number 2 Fall 2016
The UCF Libraries publication Illuminations is now available online at http://illuminations.library.ucf.edu. This issue features a look at what faculty across campus are reading, an interview with Tracy Wharton from the School of Social Work, and an article from Texts and Technology’s Mel Stanfill. If you would like to contribute to our Spring 2017 issue, please contact Illuminations Editor Carrie Moran (carrie.moran@ucf.edu).

NEWS FROM THE CENTER FOR SUCCESS OF WOMEN FACULTY
Invitation to Become a Spring 2017 Fellow for the UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty
We are pleased to announce the availability of up to four CSWF Fellow positions through the UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty for the spring 2017 semester (funding dependent). We are looking for fellows who are interested in helping the UCF faculty community to address an essential part of the CSWF mission, “providing resources to assist faculty to balance life and career”.  

We expect each fellow to develop engaging presentations on a topic of great importance to them related to career-life balance to share with colleagues. For example, a Fellow could organize and run a 1 hour workshop during the spring semester; contribute to the CSWF website (or similar media) with relevant, new information; and present a 1-hour workshop on their chosen topic at the 2017 UCF Summer Faculty Conference.  Workshops and presentations should address topics from a faculty perspective, with suggested topics including: dealing with care for aging parents or family members with special needs, new and expecting parent issues, issues related to sending your “babies” off to college, what to expect when you return from Family and Medical Leave (FMLA), balancing two careers in academia, time-management strategies, negotiation training, and personal and financial health.. We are also open to all other ideas that fit within the theme of faculty career-life balance.

Invitations to apply for this fellowship will be accepted from full-time faculty who are instructors (all ranks); lecturers (all ranks); librarians (all ranks); or assistant, associate, full, research and clinical professors. In addition, faculty must have their supervisor’s signature documenting his or her support of the application. At this time, no faculty on visiting lines will be considered. The assignment will run from January to May 2017 and carry a professional development award of $300, depending on time commitment (that must be spent prior to June 30, 2017).

Please submit a CV/resume and a one to two page statement of your proposed project and its importance to UCF faculty, including timeline, to Ms. Fran Ragsdale (fran.ragsdale@ucf.edu) by December 12, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact the CSWF Director, Dr. Linda Walters, at linda.walters@ucf.edu.   

FACULTY WRITING CLUB FALL 2016 
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!

NOTE ABOUT LISTSERV ANNOUNCEMENT SUBMISSIONS
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. Announcements will run for two weeks, with exceptions in special circumstances. Just send your announcements to me at melody@ucf.edu and we will help to spread the word.

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