November - Week 2

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 tomorrow Monday, November 14. The theme is Dealing with Difficult moments in the classroom. On that same theme, several faculty members have requested that the Faculty Center host an event where faculty members can discuss the classroom impacts of recent national events. All are welcome to join us this Thursday, November 17, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. RSVP at so we can order sufficient refreshments.
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 14th
Workshop: Strategies for Student Success—11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205
Academic Integrity Session: Why Should I and How Do I Submit an Academic Misconduct Report?—4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Faculty Multimedia Center (Classroom Building One, room 202). See details below.

Tuesday, November 15th
"New" Faculty Reading Group: How Learning Works by Ambrose, et al.—12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Russian Culture Night—5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (more info below—RSVP)

Thursday, November 17th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Faculty Conversation about Classroom Implications of Recent National Events—12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Friday, November 18th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

International Education Faculty Resources
Learn more about how to get involved with this year's International Education Week ( by attending events geared to faculty, promoting the events among your students, and incentivizing students to participate by giving them extra credit for attending.

A new, automatic process will track students' attendance and upload it to your Webcourses gradebook. This provides a great opportunity to instill global knowledge in your coursework and encourage students to participate in UCF's global community. To learn more, visit

Why Should I and How Do I Submit an Academic Misconduct Report?   
To report or not to report a student for academic misconduct is not always as easy an answer as it seems. Sometimes we have personal and professional conflicts regarding what is the right thing to do. Join in the discussion of why we should report acts of academic misconduct, how to report academic misconduct, and what happens after a report is submitted. Co-Facilitated by the Office of Student Conduct .

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.

The University of Central Florida (UCF) provides access to Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications like Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro and more. These are powerful tools for PDF workflowsimage editinggraphic designpublication layout, and video editing, but come with a bit of a learning curve. In an effort to help UCF faculty, staff, and students more easily communicate with immediate impact and broad distribution, Adobe has developed next-generation Web tools to turn your ideas into impactful social graphics, animated videos and web stories—in minutes. Ben Forta, Adobe Senior Director for Education Initiatives, and Patrick Koster, Adobe Senior Customer Success Manager for UCF, will be co-delivering a hands-on workshop to familiarize attendees with Adobe Spark for creating engaging visual stories delivered as web browser experiences and narrated / animated videos. Monday, November 28: 3PM – 4:50PM in HPA1 125 for UCF faculty and staff. 7PM – 8:50PM in CB1 121 for UCF students.

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.

Thursday, Nov 17, 2016, 3:00pm – 4:30pm, TA Room 130.  1st Generation Faculty Panel – UCF faculty who themselves were the first in their family to attend college/university and receive undergraduate degrees will share information with current first generation UCF students on their career paths and life in academia.  We are looking for a few more faculty participants – please contact Fran ( if you are interested.

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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