November - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. The call for proposals for the Winter Faculty Development Conference is available at this URL: Applications are due next Monday, November 14. The theme is Dealing with Difficult moments in the classroom. Please email us at if you have any questions.
Have a good week,

The activities below will take place in the Faculty Center (Classroom Building One, Room 207) unless otherwise noted. If you would like to participate virtually, please email for information and assistance.

Monday, November 7th
Workshop: Human Subject Regulations and SoTL Research—11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205
Academic Integrity Session: Student Responses to Being Caught - Do They Hate Us (Professors) Turning them in for Academic Misconduct?—4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Faculty Multimedia Center (Classroom Building One, room 202). See details below.

Tuesday, November 8th
Workshop: Student Consultants and SoTL—1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205

Wednesday, November 9th
Workshop: Student Consultants and SoTL—10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205

Thursday, November 10th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Strategies for Student Success—11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205
Workshop: Designing a Research Study—1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205

Friday, November 11th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Student Responses to Being Caught – Do They Hate Us (Professors) Turning Them in for Academic Misconduct?
You might be surprised by student responses to that question.  No, they do not hate their professor’s for turning them in.  Learn more about the myths regarding how students feel about being caught and what they have learned from such an experience.  We will also provide context in regards to the educational sanctions students complete when found in-violation of academic misconduct.

Many of the colleges and divisions are in the process of upgrading the software in their computer labs and classroom consoles to Windows 10. Most of the classrooms and labs on campus will have Windows 10 and Office 2016 by the end of the spring 2017 semester. To help in this transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10, Microsoft will provide training at no cost to faculty and staff in Technology Commons room 106. There are eight one-hour sessions being offered on the following dates and times.
November 7: 10:00am-11:00am, 11:30am-12:30pm, 2:00pm-3:00pm, 3:30pm-4:30pm
November 8: 10:00am-11:00am, 11:30am-12:30pm, 2:00pm-3:00pm, 3:30pm-4:30pm
The session will include information on the basics of Windows 10 and new features of Office 2016. Each session has a capacity of 30 faculty or staff members.
For the November 7th and 8th on campus sessions, register at:

In addition to the on campus training at UCF on November 7 and 8, Microsoft offers two other ways to receive training at no cost.
1) On demand training - Simply go to (for Windows 10, click on filter, click on products, click on Windows). You will find courses dedicated to Windows 10 along with a number of other trainings designed around the various O365 tools available to our Faculty and Staff.
2) Personalized Microsoft Store workshops - Microsoft has the ability to create and provide a series of workshops to be led by their in-house trainers within their two local Microsoft Stores (Mall of Millenia and Florida Mall) within a timeframe.

For more information, please contact Larry Jaffe (

Come and enjoy Russian food and the friendly atmosphere of the Faculty Center. Russian Culture Night is presented by Dr. Alla Kourova, Tuesday, November 15, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in CB1-205. Please RSVP to by November 11th.

Register Now - Personalizing the Learning Experience: Integrating Adaptive Elements in Online Courses

Register now for the latest seminar in CDL’s Faculty Seminars in Online Teaching series. In this session, we will provide an overview of adaptive learning approaches, describe real-life examples, consider the instructor’s role in personalizing the experience, share available support and resources, and encourage a call to action for attendees. It will be held Thursday, November 10 from 11:30 to 12:00 in LIB-161b. You may also watch it online via Adobe Connect, or elect to receive the materials after the seminar is over. Reserve your viewing experience here:

Please contact Aimee deNoyelles ( with any questions.

The University Writing Across the Curriculum Program is forming 3-4 faculty teams for participation in the Spring 2017 WAC Fellows Faculty Development Program. The program enables participants to become more effective teachers of writing in their discipline through the design of better writing-related learning outcomes, writing assignments, and assessments. Teachers of classes of all sizes, levels, and modalities are encouraged to participate. We treat instruction in academic and professional writing as a highly-contextual process, governed by the conventions each discipline or profession. Each team will consist of 3-4 faculty members representing a specific academic department or program. Teams of faculty representing different departments within one college are also possible. The Fellows will meet in 4 Plenary sessions as well as 3 team sessions throughout the semester. Faculty of the UCF WAC Program will lead the program, providing ongoing support and consultations. Fellows who successfully complete the program will receive a $1000 stipend. For more information about the WAC Fellows Program, please visit To read testimonials by past participants, visit For more information about the WAC Program, please visit If you are interested in participating in the program or have questions, contact UCF WAC Director Pavel Zemliansky at, by November 20 or earlier.

Virtual Interviews in the Classroom: Helping Students Prepare for What’s Next
Iryna Malendevych, College of Health and Public Affairs; Gian-Karlo Alvarez, Career Services

Translating one’s curricular and co-curricular experiences into thoughtful in­terview responses is an important component of students’ career development. The Department of Criminal Justice and UCF Career Services are collaborat­ing to infuse interview preparation into online, face-to-face, and mixed-mode courses. Students review preparatory modules, complete a customized virtual interview consisting of prerecorded questions, and post their recordings to Webcourses to receive feedback from students and the instructor. Workshop par­ticipants will learn how to integrate interview preparation into their courses using predeveloped modules and Optimal Interview, a virtual, customizable in­terview platform. This workshop will include hands-on activities where participants will be able to practice creating interview questions using the tools available through Optimal Interview.

This workshop will take place on November 16 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in Classroom Building 1 Room 205. Lunch will be provided to participants. RSVP to Lindsay Rushworth at by November 7 to reserve a spot.

Faculty and Family Fun Sundays. Salute to our Oceans and Innovations!! This event is November 13th from 12:30 – 3 PM and will include: marine touch tanks, face painting, bionic arm demonstration, UCF Police Department Kids Fingerprinting, music by WUCF, tours of the arboretum, community garden, sea turtle biology, laughter yoga, fishing skills, bugs, Theatre workshop for children, and more.  It will be free, low key, and your participation is really important. Invitees include all faculty, not just women faculty, and your families and pets. Food will be available. This event will be held at the UCF Arboretum Park located behind CREOL Building between parking lots C2 and C3. Visit for more information.

Invitation to Become a Spring 2017 Fellow for the UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty
We are pleased to announce the availability of up to four CSWF Fellow positions through the UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty for the spring 2017 semester (funding dependent). We are looking for fellows who are interested in helping the UCF faculty community to address an essential part of the CSWF mission, “providing resources to assist faculty to balance life and career”.  

We expect each fellow to develop engaging presentations on a topic of great importance to them related to career-life balance to share with colleagues. For example, a Fellow could organize and run a 1 hour workshop during the spring semester; contribute to the CSWF website (or similar media) with relevant, new information; and present a 1-hour workshop on their chosen topic at the 2017 UCF Summer Faculty Conference.  Workshops and presentations should address topics from a faculty perspective, with suggested topics including: dealing with care for aging parents or family members with special needs, new and expecting parent issues, issues related to sending your “babies” off to college, what to expect when you return from Family and Medical Leave (FMLA), balancing two careers in academia, time-management strategies, negotiation training, and personal and financial health.. We are also open to all other ideas that fit within the theme of faculty career-life balance.

Invitations to apply for this fellowship will be accepted from full-time faculty who are instructors (all ranks); lecturers (all ranks); librarians (all ranks); or assistant, associate, full, research and clinical professors. In addition, faculty must have their supervisor’s signature documenting his or her support of the application. At this time, no faculty on visiting lines will be considered. The assignment will run from January to May 2017 and carry a professional development award of $300, depending on time commitment (that must be spent prior to June 30, 2017).

Please submit a CV/resume and a one to two page statement of your proposed project and its importance to UCF faculty, including timeline, to Ms. Fran Ragsdale ( by December 12, 2016.  If you have any questions, please contact the CSWF Director, Dr. Linda Walters, at

Join a faculty writing club to start your fall 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. Announcements will run for two weeks, with exceptions in special circumstances. Just send your announcements to me at and we will help to spread the word.


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