May - Week 1

Hello Everyone-

Good luck with wrapping up this last week of the semester. Call or stop by the office if you have questions or need assistance. Later this week we will send out a link to the agenda for the 2016 Summer Faculty Development Conference, which will take place May 9-12. Everyone is welcome to attend a variety of plenary events and workshops. Please also save the dates June 10 and July 15th for SoTL and Teaching and Learning Days. More info to come!

Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.  As part of our ongoing efforts to understand faculty needs and improve program effectiveness, we are conducting a faculty survey. Please take a few minutes to complete it. You can access it between now and May 13th at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6yvYz8NuQrbuNOR

We are also asking you to help with the final selection of the next Unifying Theme. UCF faculty members and students have been voting on their favorite for the past two months, but as we approach our deadline, there is a very close tie between these two options:
1)       Finding Wellness: How Do We Define Health in a Diverse and Changing World?
2)       Innovations: Creating the Useful, the Beautiful, and the Necessary
This will take less than 15 seconds!  Just click on this link, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on the title you prefer.   http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_br3Dtc6QaSqWZNj

Thank you, and have a great week!
Melody

FACULTY CENTER HOSTED HAPPENINGS FOR THE 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.

Thursday, May 5th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, May 6th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

SUMMER BROWN BAG LUNCH AND BOOK CLUB
Our reading selection for this summer (term A) will be The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal by Parker J. Palmer and Arthur Zajonc. This book proposes an approach to teaching and learning that integrates mind, heart, and spirit in order to awaken the deepest potential in students, faculty, and staff. It responds to critics of holistic education and explores connections between the sciences, humanities, and contemplative traditions.

Meetings will be held in the Faculty Center, CB1-207 on each Friday of the term from 11:30-12:30 pm.  Feel free to bring lunch (May 20 and 27, June 3, 10, 17, and 24).

To register, send an email to eric.main@ucf.edu

REMINDER FOR SUMMER COURSE DEVELOPMENT: COURSE PREVIEW TOOL
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: http://fctl.ucf.edu/TeachingAndLearningResources/CourseDesign/Syllabus/coursepreview.php. For instructions on how to opt-in to this feature, visit: http://online.ucf.edu/support/webcourses/other/course-preview/

SUMMER TRIP TO CHINA

If you are interested in learning about a summer 2016 trip to China for faculty and students, please send an inquiry note to Richard.Cornell@ucf.edu.

FACULTY WRITING CLUB 2016 
Join a faculty writing club to start your summer 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!

NOTE ABOUT LISTSERV ANNOUNCEMENT SUBMISSIONS
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 melody@ucf.edu and we will help to spread the word.

 

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