February - Week 2

Hello Everyone-

Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Please note: 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. For more information on the event and all tracks, go to: http://sites01.lsu.edu/faculty/smcgui1/ . Apply here by February 19th: http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_25GfkaeqIv8Eyz3.
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.

Tuesday, February 9th
Predictive Analytics Webinar 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. (more info below)

Wednesday, February 10th
Book Club: Whistling Vivaldi 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 11th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
SoTL Award Workshop 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (more info below)
Science of Learning Workshop 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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

On Tuesday, February 9, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Faculty Center (CB1-205), 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. 

This session will provide faculty members with information about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award. Join us on Thursday, February 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in CB1-205.

Rollins College Professor of Art Rachel Simmons will speak about her work in "The Encounter: Zora Neale Hurston and Baalu Girma" followed by a hands-on workshop introducing a form of visual poetry called erasures. Materials will be provided and space may be limited.  

Rachel connects her teaching and art to the local community through collaborative art projects. She specializes in printmaking, mixed media, drawing and book arts and is currently serving as the Director of Living Learning Communities at Rollins.  Simmons has a B.A. from Rollins College and her MFA from Louisiana State UniversityMost recently, Simmons  traveled across the desert landscapes of Namibia to research ecotourism in southwestern Africa. She often collaborates with scholars from other academic disciplines to create her mixed media work. Current collaborative projects include Future Bear with Julian Chambliss and The Aesthetics of Scale with Lee Lines.

Please join us on Monday, February 8 from noon – 1 PM in Student Union Room 220 for a free yoga class for all faculty and staff. It will be led by Dr. Deirdre Englehart, COEHP, who combines yoga and story-telling for a very uplifting experience. Sponsored by the Center for Success of Women Faculty. Please bring your yoga mat and dress appropriately.

The Women’s and Gender Studies program cordially invites you and your students to attend the second International Women’s Studies Issues Conference on Friday, February 12 and Saturday, February 13. Participation is free of charge. Presenters from 12 countries will be in attendance. The theme is Transforming Women's Lives, and the topics include women and the workplace, sexual harassment, health, technology, education and others. The keynote speaker, Susan Ricci, will discuss Human Trafficking and Health at 9:30 AM, and at 5:00 PM will be a small reception for our international scholars. All are welcome!

Saturday will showcase the Young Women Leaders Program and their mentoring work with the women leaders of the future, as well as a session on Women and Iran discussing women born both in and outside of Iran. The event will take place at Morgridge International Reading Center next to the Teaching Academy. 

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.

Dr. Musil, the leader of the Rachel Carson Council, will speak about the relevance of Carson to Florida on Feb. 17, 1-3 PM in Key West Room 218B Student Union. Carson, in addition to her book Silent Spring (1962), which launched the modern US environmental movement, also won the National Book Award for The Sea Around Us. Dr. Musil will give a workshop on environmentalism after the talk, as well as sign copies of his book, Rachel Carson and Her Sisters. If you plan on attending or have questions, please send an email to Peter.Jacques@ucf.edu. This event is sponsored by the Burnett Honors College, the College of Undergraduate Studies, the College of Graduate Studies, the Department of Political Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Political Ecology Lab.

Experience life from another perspective and take a walk in another person’s shoes: Student Care Services and Northland Church are co-hosting an interactive simulation regarding living a life in poverty on February 22nd, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., in Student Union room 316 (Cape Florida Ballroom). The event is open to all UCF students, faculty, staff, and faith-based organization staff. RSVP on Eventbrite required: https://goo.gl/STmJv1

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

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.

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 three more Tuesday evenings (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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