December - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Below you will find information about upcoming programming for the spring semester. We look forward to working with you in book clubs, course innovation programs, and more. This week is the Winter Faculty Development Conference. Everyone is welcome to attend. The program is available here:
Have a good week and a restful winter break,

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 for information and assistance.

Tuesday, December 13th–Thursday, December 15th
Winter Faculty Development Conference

For more details, or to apply to any of the below cohorts, please see

Open Educational Resources (OERs) Course Innovation Project
The Faculty Center and Center for Distributed Learning  are seeking 5-10 faculty members to participate in an Open Educational Resources (OERs) Course Innovation Project. In this cohort, faculty will learn strategies to find, reuse, remix, create, and share OERs within copyright and fair use guidelines, with an emphasis on student engagement and active learning. Participants will enhance at least one of their courses with OERs.

Engaging Pedagogies that Improve Student Performance Course Innovation Project
The Faculty Center will host a Course Innovation Project for up to 15 participants who will transform a course by incorporating one or more engaging approaches to teaching and learning.  Engaging pedagogies include most inductive and student-focused approaches such as active learning, contemplative/reflective practice, universal design for learning, diversity and inclusion, assessment for learning, gaming or gamification, team-based or cooperative learning, and case- or scenario-based teaching.  While engagement does not guarantee student learning, we will focus on several evidence-based practices that correlate highly.

Writing a Journal Article in Twelve Weeks Faculty Development Cohort
Do you have trouble finding the time to work on your writing? Do you have the beginnings of an article that you would like to develop for publication? If so, you are invited to apply for the Spring 2017 Faculty Center Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks workshop. The purpose of this workshop is to enable faculty to produce an article manuscript for submission to an academic journal. It is designed to help participants to make time for research and writing in the midst of their other various professional and personal obligations. It is also designed to help participants make and meet weekly goals. Faculty writers will work over twelve weeks during the spring term to revise an existing piece of writing (conference paper, chapter, unpublished draft, etc.), to identify publishing venues, and to submit the finished product for publication.

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. This book club is co-hosted by the Faculty Center and the Center for Distributed Learning. 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 The first ten respondents who sign up to participate 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 ( 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 The first ten respondents who sign up 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 seminal 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 The first ten respondents who sign up will receive a free copy of the book.

The Office of the QEP is sponsoring a Digital Storytelling Workshop in spring 2017. The goal is to educate faculty on how to integrate digital storytelling into their curricula.

Lisa Peterson, associate instructor in the SVAD Film program, will be conducting the workshop here at UCF on five consecutive Friday mornings (Jan 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, and 24). The sessions will run from 9:00am until 11:00am. Participants who complete the workshop will receive $400.00.

Digital storytelling is the creation of a brief narrative using digital technologies to combine voice, videos, images, music, interviews, graphics, and other electronic content to tell a story. Digital narratives allow the creator to reflect upon and analyze something of true importance to the filmmaker.

Digital storytelling is also a way to develop integrative learning across curricula, thus achieving the following QEP student learning outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to reflect critical on past experiences and to envision a future self that builds on these experiences.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to persuasively articulate knowledge, experiences, skills, and qualifications to diverse audiences both within and beyond the university.

Assignments that incorporate digital storytelling can provide a potent tool for students that capitalizes on their creative talents as they begin to research and tell their own stories, while analyzing and synthesizing their work for presentation to the world. It’s a process that sharpens the storyteller’s awareness of who they are and what they value. This knowledge is essential for students’ successful professional and civic preparation.

During the workshop sessions participants will learn to tell a digital story by making their own personal essay film. Technical support will be provided. Faculty then can integrate digital storytelling assignments into their curricula, and, ideally, can help teach colleagues about how to use this tool in their courses.

Space for participation in the workshop is very limited. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, but should be emailed to no later than January 6, 2017. To apply to participate in the workshop, please send a brief statement (no more than 200 words) describing which of your courses might be candidates for the inclusion of digital storytelling assignments.

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.

You should have recently received the following request, sent on behalf of Cynthia Young, to complete a survey related to two areas.  If you have not already completed the survey, PLEASE DO!  The results will directly impact you, and thus the more faculty voices that are heard, the better!  Thank you!!

Submitted by:  Kristy McAllister, Communications Coordinator, Academic Affairs
Submitted for:  Dr. Cynthia Y. Young, Vice Provost for Faculty Excellence and UCF Global
Subject:  Faculty Excellence Needs Your Input!

Help us help you! As you wind down the semester, there are two very important matters with which we need the input of UCF faculty.

The first is related to the various programs offered through the Office of Faculty Excellence. We need your input to help us understand what Faculty Excellence is doing well, what we can do better, and how our office can better support you. We are also seeking input to help streamline the system for annual evaluations and other reports for faculty. Your candid feedback will help us optimize resources and improve the functionality for a new, university-wide electronic reporting system.

Share your thoughts on these matters by completing this brief survey:

Your feedback is appreciated and will improve the quality and ease of use of our services. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, December 16.

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 ( by December 12, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact the CSWF Director, Dr. Linda Walters, at   

Join a faculty writing club to start your spring 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. Announcements will run for two weeks, with exceptions in special circumstances. Just send your announcements to me at and we will help to spread the word.

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