February - Week 3

Hello Everyone-

Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Please note: that applications for the 2016 Summer Faculty Development Conference are due this Friday  February 19th. For more information on the event and all tracks, go to: 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.

Monday, February 15th

Science of Learning Workshop 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in CB1-205

Tuesday, February 16th

Book Club: Teach Students How to Learn 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 17th

Active Learning Overview Workshop 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in CB1-205

Book Club: Whistling Vivaldi 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 18th

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.

Friday, February 19th

Writing a Journal Article in Twelve Weeks Faculty Development Cohort

Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Please join LGBTQ+ Services on February 16th in Student Union 222 from 12pm-1pm for the Safe Zone Quick Chat: Social Identity & Intersections beyond LGBTQ+.  Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch as we open the dialogue on intersectionality.


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.


All are Welcome to Attend the Final Event of the Exhibition The Encounter:  Baalu Girma and Zora Neale Hurston!! Join us in the Gallery for “Their Eyes, Our Voices”

 Game Showcase TUESDAY, February 16 6:00pm – 8:00pm
The UCF School of Visual Arts & Design and UCF Art Gallery will host “Their Eyes, Our Voices” Game Showcase with a special performance by Dietrich Squinkifer, a writer, programmer, musician, and visual artist who creates games and playable experiences about gender identity and social situations. This showcase will feature a curated collection of personal narrative games created by UCF digital media students enrolled in Anastasia Salter’s digital storytelling class. The students created games inspired by Their Eyes Were Watching God using Twine, an open source platform for game-making and storytelling that allows designers to combine creative text and expression with STEM knowledge and procedural skills.
Guest Artist Recital: Nicole Paglialonga, Violin and Francesca Khalifa, Piano Tuesday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the UCF Art Gallery


How can we teach about the complex problems of Climate Change in meaningful and pedagogically effective ways? The scientist and musicians from The Crossroads Project have figured out one effective way of combining science and art to communicate the urgency of climate change  (see www.ist.ucf.edu/crossroads for info on UCF-performance and to reserve tickets).
If you are interested in meeting the performers and would like to think through some of the pedagogical challenges and opportunities in teaching in interdisciplinary and integrative ways, please join us for this free workshop:

Monday Feb 22 - 10:45-11:45 am– Student Union 221 (Garden Key)  
For more information please contact Jonathan Beever (Jonathan.Beever@ucf.edu)
Please RSVP by 2/18 to Claudia.schippert@ucf.edu in order for us to have sufficient space and materials (and snacks!)


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.


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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Thomas Wu
College of Engineering and Computer Science Thomas   Wu It is both challenging and fascinating to be a teacher. In all the courses I teach, I set high standards for myself and prepare carefully for each lecture. Besides teaching technical materials, I train students to have the capabilities to: think critically and analytically; work hard and inno...

Humberto Lopez
College of Arts and Humanities Humberto   Lopez If I were to encapsulate the most important principle in my teaching philosophy it would be that one must enjoy being a teacher in order to be a good one. I am passionate about education because I am a learner myself who believes that learning should be curiosity driven, active, and enjoyable, and should emphasize...

Jane Waterman
College of Arts and Sciences Jane    Waterman Science is like a mystery novel; one looks for the solutions to puzzles. I try to bring science alive to my classes, to show them that science is always a work in progress and that it is exciting. I think it is important to integrate my own research into the classroom, as research and teaching are synergis...