May - Week 2

Hello Everyone-

The annual Summer Faculty Development Conference, a campuswide collaboration that will involve over 200 faculty and staff members, will take place Monday, May 9th, through Thursday, May 12th. Whether you’re already registered to participate or not, you are welcome to attend any and all sessions listed in the program, which you will find here: http://fctl.ucf.edu/Events/SummerConference/2016/summer_conference_2016_agenda.pdf.  The keynote speaker this year is Saundra McGuire, Director Emerita of the nationally acclaimed Center for Academic Success and retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University. She will speak at 9:45 tomorrow (Monday) in Classroom Building One, Room 104. She is an engaging speaker and will share strategies for helping to guide students to become better learners.

This is also the last week to complete our faculty survey. If you have not already, please take a few minutes to assist our ongoing efforts to understand faculty needs and improve program effectiveness. You can access it between now and May 13th at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6yvYz8NuQrbuNOR.

Have a great week!
Melody

SAVE THE DATES FOR SUMMER FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMING: JUNE 10TH AND JULY 15TH
This summer the Faculty Center will host two special events to support teaching and learning and to promote scholarship of teaching and learning. The dates are June 10th and July 15th, and tentative times are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided for the first 30 registrants. Plans for June 10th include a student panel on diversity in the classroom, a workshop on designing active learning space, and an introductory SoTL workshop. The July 15th event will feature Dr. Mary Ann Winkelmes from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, who will offer a workshop called “The Unwritten Rules of College: Transparency and Its Impact on Learning.” This event will provide a follow-up to our Winter Conference transparency theme. Send an email to fctl@ucf.edu to save your spot for one or both events!

COACHE SURVEY FOLLOW UP EFFORTS: SURVEY AND SUMMER CONFERENCE PLENARY SESSION
During spring of 2015, UCF faculty were asked to complete the COACHE survey, a faculty job satisfaction survey.  In the fall 2015 semester, the COACHE Priority Setting Committee reviewed the UCF COACHE data/results and determined five priority areas for improvement:Appreciation and Recognition, Departmental Leadership, Nature of Work, Personal and Family Policies, and Promotion.  During spring 2016, faculty were recruited to participate on subcommittees for each of the five areas and charged with proposing strategies that will strengthen the respective area. We need your help!  First, please take about 60 seconds and vote on the strategies YOU believe will have the greatest impact on UCF faculty:  http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_1MJltfsccsmPyvz  Then join us on Wednesday, May 11, 9:45-11:00 in Classroom Building I (room 104) to hear a brief summary of the results from each of the five priority areas and engage in discussion of additional strategies.

FACULTY WRITING CLUB SUMMER 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!

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/

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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