November - Week 3

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about upcoming activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.
Have a good holiday week,

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.

Peter Telep, an Associate Instructor of English, is working this year as a Faculty Center Fellow. His project focuses on gaming, game design, and the “gamification” of classes in higher education. He would like to connect with faculty who are already using games or game design elements in their classes in order to learn more about what’s happening at UCF (especially about successes and challenges). He also hopes to share the experiences with a wider audience and offer game design techniques as methods for improving student success in a variety of courses. Email Peter at if you are involved with (or even interested in) this work. Please share with friends and colleagues who might be interested as well.

Do you have ideas to improve research administration at UCF? Join us for a collaboration session on Tuesday, Nov. 22, for a new project that’s focused on changing the way we work together and impacts our research enterprise. Research and Graduate Studies will be holding the session for Project “Wahoo” (Research Administration Business Processes and Technology Restructuring). This initiative is focused on ensuring that the needs of our research community, both faculty and staff, are effectively met.

In order to maximize our success, we need your input. There will be a detailed presentation and plenty of time for questions and answers and to share ideas. The first one-hour session has been scheduled from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, in University Towers Room 211. If you would like to attend, please register here at

Skype will be available for those unable to attend in person; please email to RSVP.

An additional session will be scheduled in December for those unable to attend this month.

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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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