March - Week 4

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. This semester, we’re experimenting with workshop RSVPs. If you would like to attend one of this week’s workshops, please email 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, March 28th
Workshop: Scenario and Case-Based Learning 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in CB1-205. See details below.

Wednesday, March 30th
Workshop: Active Learning in Large Classes 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in CB1-205. See details below.

Thursday, March 31st
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Book Club and Brown Bag for Honors Faculty: Minds On Fire
Workshop: Contract Cheating – We Are All Paying for This 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in CB1-202 (Faculty Multimedia Center). See details below.

Friday, April 1st
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Scenario and Case-Based Learning
Anna Turner
Scenarios and case studies are two ways to bring relevance and real-world situations to the classroom. In this workshop, we’ll discuss ways to design and implement these strategies.

Active Learning in Large Classes
Anna Turner
After a brief overview of active learning in large classes (120 students to 1000+ students), we will listen to a panel of instructors of large classes at UCF share their experiences and active-learning strategies. At the end of the session, there will be time for discussion with the panel.

Contract Cheating – We Are All Paying for This
Contract cheating occurs when a student and another person/corporation agree to have a person/corporation provide    the student with an academic product when it ought to have been reasonably known it would be submitted for academic credit.  Many students are falling for these so called “self-help” websites promising students “A” caliber papers, completion of homework assignments, and insisting it “legal” to use their websites.  Learn more about these websites and how we can work together to send a message to students that using such services is not in their best interest.

Presenter: Jennifer Wright, Director, Office of Integrity and Ethical Development, Student Rights and Responsibilities 
Attend face-to-face or via Adobe Connect at

Tuesday, March 29 at 1:00 in LIB-161b
Please join us to learn about the role of synchronous communication in asynchronous online courses. The ability to communicate in real time through media such as text, audio, and video, can enhance the online learning experience by providing dynamic opportunities for social connection, collaborative problem solving, and collective reflection. However, issues related to synchronous communication include scheduling conflicts, technical support, and the perception that it is extra or busy work. In this session, we will share strategies to incorporate synchronous elements that enhance engagement and learning within online courses for instructors and students. Concrete examples of applying these synchronous strategies will be shared by an instructor.

Register to attend face-to-face or online:
 For any questions, please contact Aimee deNoyelles at

You are invited to participate in a research study entitled Faculty Knowledge and Readiness in Reporting Student Victimization Disclosure and Title IX Compliancebeing conducted by Abigail Malick, a UCF doctoral student in sociology. The purpose of this research is to gather information regarding faculty members’ experience with student disclosure, as well as attitudes related to victimization reporting guidelines. This includes faculty, adjuncts, and graduate students with teaching experience. Interviews will be conducted face-to-face or over the telephone. The interview will be scheduled at your convenience and will take 30-45 minutes to complete.

The study may provide valuable information regarding the help-seeking behavior of college student victims and the current strategies used to respond to disclosures of student victimization. If you are interested or need more information please respond to Abigail Malick, at

Monday, Mar 28, 2016 1:00 – 2:30pm, Student Union, Garden Key Room 221.  Successful UCF Women Instructors/Lecturers Panel Discussion. Please join us for an informal panel discussion by some of our very successful UCF women instructors and lecturers.  Topics will focus on combining academic success with career-life balance. Panel:  Carolyn Hopp, Lecturer, School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership, College of Education and Human Performance; Alisha Janowsky, Associate Lecturer/Assistant Chair, Department of Psychology, College of Sciences; Mary Tripp, Lecturer, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, College of Arts and Humanities; and Maria Redmon, Associate Instructor, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, College of Arts and Humanities.  No RSVP needed.

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016, 2:00 – 3:00pm, FCTL Classroom Building 1, Room 205. “A Coquí in the Land of Penguins: Minority Faculty in Academia”.  This listening session will offer participants the opportunity to express the major concerns of diversity faculty at the University of Central Florida. We will be discuss hiring and retention rates as well as exercises in cultural responsibility and inclusion. The ultimate goal is to provide a sounding board for the creation of a university wide support group for minorities.  CSWF 2016 Faculty Fellow: Ilenia Colon Mendoza, Assistant Professor, School of Visual Arts and Design, College of Arts & Humanities.  No RSVP needed.

UCF Sociology presents an intriguing key note talk by Dr. Bonilla-Silva, Professor and Chair of Sociology at Duke University, and an open dialogue on racism and prejudice in the era of the #BLM movement inside and out of the university with a distinguished panel of race scholars and activists moderated by Dr. J. Scott Carter.
Panelists include:

  • Dr. Cameron Lippard, Associate Professor of Sociology, Appalachian State University
  • Fr. Jabriel Ballentine, Executive Council Member for the Episcopal Church, Liaison to the Church's Commission on Anti-Racism
  • Dr. Tashel Bordere, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Missouri
  • Semline Delva, Cultural Director, Multicultural Student Center, University of Central Florida

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Classroom Building 2 in Room 207, 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Nine-month faculty can enroll in the twelve-month payment option plan during open enrollment, from April 1 to June 30, 2016. During the academic year (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017), 9-month faculty may choose to have designated amounts deducted from their paychecks in order to receive pay over summer 2017. UCF will hold the money until the summer, when the money will be repaid to the employee in 5 equal payments. The calculator, required form, and FAQ are available on the HR Website under Twelve Month Payment Option (right-hand column): All 9-month faculty are encouraged to update and periodically monitor their email accounts; information is also distributed directly to relevant employees via email.  Questions should be directed to

Applications open: March 10, 2016
Applications due: May 10, 2016
Apply at:

Are you interested in helping educate students on their rights and responsibilities as University community members, facilitating an understanding of the balance between individual and community rights, and promoting a safe and inclusive atmosphere conducive to student success? Are you excited about encouraging students to embody the tenets of the UCF Creed, integrity, scholarship, community, creativity and excellence?

The Office of Student Conduct is looking for UCF faculty/staff and student community members who are dedicated to upholding the above-mentioned principles to apply to serve on the 2016-2017 Student Conduct Review Board.

Any undergraduate/graduate student, faculty or staff member in good standing with the University is eligible to apply. Students must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and full-time status. Applicants must uphold all University policies. Other requirements include the ability to work well with others; sensitivity and respect for others, openness to differences, and the ability to maintain strict confidentiality of all student conduct information.

Newly selected conduct board members will receive extensive training on the Rules of Conduct policies and procedures, as well as improving skills in listening, questioning and decision-making. There will also be an opportunity to practice these skills prior to hearing actual cases through involvement in a mock hearing and various shadowing opportunities. Additional training and information sessions will be held during the year to continue to develop and improve skills and knowledge to help in effectively serving on a conduct review board.  New Conduct Board members will be trained in two days in between the Summer Fall 2016 academic terms, with sessions taking place on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 and Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

Time Commitment
Conduct Board members serve as often as their schedules permit. Each year we average around 300 formal hearings, so there will be plenty to choose from! Most hearings take between 2 and 3 hours and are conducted during 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Conduct board members serve on 1-2 hearings a month (with an opportunity for more) as either a member of a panel, or a solo administrative hearing officer.

How to Apply
You can find an application at
Please fill out the application in its entirety online. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have any questions about the application, please contact Rosemarie Timothy at Applications will open on March 10, 2016 and are due by 5:00 p.m. on May 10, 2016.

Following the submission of the application, selected applicants will move on to our group interviewing phase will be contacted in early to mid-June.  Selected candidates will be notified late June.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (407) 823-4638 or email us

The Course Preview tool is available to advertise a tentative syllabus to potential students who are registering for classes. This information is not automatically available to all students. Faculty must opt-in to this feature. The tentative syllabus can only be seen by current UCF students and is not available via the public search for classes. For more information on how to construct a course preview, visit: For instructions on how to opt-in to this feature, visit:

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

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!

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. Just send your announcements to me at and we will help to spread the word.


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