February - 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. If you would like to participate virtually, please email us at fctl@ucf.edu and we will try to accommodate your request. 

Tuesday, February 2nd
SoTL Award Workshops 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in CB1-205

Wednesday, February 3rd
Book Club: Whistling Vivaldi 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. See details below.
Workshop: Classroom Conversations about Academic Integrity 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Faculty Media Center (CB1-202). See details below.

Thursday, February 4th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Book Club and Brown Bag for Honors Faculty: Minds on Fire 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. See details below.

Friday, February 5th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Faculty Center will host workshops to help faculty members learn about and develop their applications for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award. The next session will be held on Tuesday, February 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in CB1 205.

The 2016 Summer Faculty Development Conference will be held May 9-12. The theme will be aligned with our new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which is “What's Next: Integrative Learning for Professional and Civic Preparation”. The keynote speaker will be Saundra McGuire from Louisiana State University. The RFP will be released soon. For more information on the event and all tracks, go to: http://sites01.lsu.edu/faculty/smcgui1/ . Apply here http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_25GfkaeqIv8Eyz3.

It takes more than a statement on a syllabus for students to comprehend the concept of academic integrity.  Timely conversations are necessary for students to understand what demonstrating academic integrity means to their learning and how it can impact their educational process.  Conversation prompts will be provided for use during key times throughout the semester.  Learn how we can keep alive the conversation about academic integrity in each and every class setting. 
Presenter: Jennifer Wright, Director, Office of Integrity and Ethical Development, Student Rights and Responsibilities
Attend face-to-face or via Adobe Connect at https://ucf.adobeconnect.com/_a826512158/r1w42us8kjc/

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, as part of a series of campus discussions about faith and non-faith perspectives, will show a webinar produced by Paperclip Communications. The webinar will be introduced by Dr. Ann Gleig, UCF Assistant Professor of Philosophy, and she will facilitate the post-webinar discussion. Intended participation outcomes include learning how to

  • Create an inclusive environment for all Muslim students, faculty and administrators.
  • Deal with incidents on campus swiftly and appropriately.
  • Use practical strategies to help ensure the safety, security and wellbeing of all Muslim students, faculty and administrators.

Wednesday, February 17 – Teaching Academy Room 117 – 1:45 to 3:45 p.m. Free to UCF faculty, staff and students.

In an effort to better meet the tutoring needs of first-year writers, the University Writing Center begins this week offering evening tutoring from 7:00-10:00 p.m. on Tuesdays in a new satellite location, the Neptune Study Lounge 1 in the Academic Village.

As you may know, the Academic Village currently houses mostly first-year students and will be exclusively for them beginning in fall. This, then, is a good location for targeting first-year students for peer tutoring. To start, hours are limited, but if there is sufficient interest, we hope to grow our tutoring in Neptune. Please alert your students to this opportunity.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is starting a faculty storytelling project and invites you to the first event featuring Carolyn Walker Hopp, Ph.D.; Lecturer College of Education and Human Performance.

Perspective Taking: Informed Decisions and Impactful Response.
This interactive session provides an overview of the time in history that created the most disequilibrium in our culture: the Civil Rights Movement, and HOW it Fundamentally changed race relations. Dr. Walker Hopp will discuss her place in that history, how it shaped her own perspective on the current state of relations in our country, and her reactions to it, and why perspective is important. Discussions with participants will include a reflective prompt about the topic: I used to think...but now I think...and WHY.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Teaching Academy 130 // 12:00 Noon - 1:00 p.m.

•   Application Open- Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE). SURE will take place on April 7, 2016, and applications are due on February 12that 1:00pm. This poster showcase is a wonderful opportunity for students to share their work with the UCF community and practice communicating their research. www.showcase.ucf.edu.  Interested in judging this event on April 7? Please contact us!
•   Spring Decision Deadline- UCF Undergraduate Research Journal (UCF URJ). The UCF URJ is a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal open to undergraduates . The priority deadline for the Spring 2016 is February 5th; students who submit by this deadline will have a manuscript decision by the end of the semester. Applications are rolling, though, so the URJ is happy to accept submissions at any point during the year. Students can submit up to six months after graduation. www.urj.ucf.edu
•   Rolling Applications- Undergraduate Conference Travel Awards. Students accepted to conferences as primary presenters are eligible for OUR Student Travel Grants. These grants provide up to $500 in travel support. www.our.ucf.edu/opportunities/travel.php
Additionally, the Office of Undergraduate Research is available for class and club presentations (https://our.ucf.edu/opportunities/reservations/) . We offer drop-in hours and appointments with peer mentors to help students who are new to research, or those who are currently engaged in research but want to make the most of their experience. The schedule can be found at www.our.ucf.edu. As always, if you or your students have questions, please contact our office at our@ucf.edu or 407-823-3125.

On Tuesday, February 9, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., there will be a webinar for faculty related to Educational Advisory Board’s Student Success Collaborative, a predictive analytics system that will be launching at UCF in the coming months. The session will include information, discussion, and collaborative exploration. 

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning will be piloting a new program in Spring 2016. The Student Consultants on Teaching (SCoT) program will employ carefully selected undergraduate and graduate students who are trained to objectively observe class sessions and provide feedback from a student perspective. When the pilot is launched in March, instructors will have the opportunity to invite a student consultant into their class to observe activities and provide targeted feedback. More information about the program will be available in March.

In order to train the new student consultants, we’re asking for faculty volunteers to invite a consultant-in-training to observe your class and then provide feedback on the observation. Faculty volunteers will also receive objective feedback regarding their class. Our goal is to have at least one large class and several midsize or small classes for training purposes. The training observations will take place in February, after the student consultants have completed initial training sessions. All observations will be conducted at the convenience of the faculty member.

If you are interested in volunteering for a training observation or if you would like more information about the SCoT program, please email fctl@ucf.edu.

This semester, the Faculty Center will host a learning community for adjuncts on four Tuesday evenings (1/19, 2/16, 3/15, 4/12) from 6:00-7:30 in CB1-207 (Orlando campus).  There is a $100 grant for full attendance to help offset costs of attendance.  The meetings are informal discussions about teaching and learning issues, and you will have the chance to meet part-time faculty from other disciplines.  If you would like to attend, please email eric.main@ucf.edu. Please share this information with colleagues as appropriate.

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!


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Ernest Smith
College of Arts and Sciences Ernest  Smith When I began my full-time teaching career, the first text I taught was from Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed, where the Brazilian educator contrasts "problem-posing education" and "the banking concept of education." According to Freire, the key to education is dialogic learning, rather than the one direct...

Houman Sadri
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Barbara Moore
College of Business Administration Barbara    Moore I believe it is imperative for students to learn the economic way of thinking and applications of economic theory in their lives, and to use technology to do both. I want students to be able to analyze economic policy and how it influences their decisions, as well as corporate, national and international decis...