October - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.
Have a great 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 fctl@ucf.edu for information and assistance.

Monday, October 3rd
Workshop:Surprising Reasons Why Students Commit Academic Misconduct—4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Faculty Multimedia Center (Classroom Building One, room 202)

Tuesday, October 4th
Workshop: SoTL by Any Name—3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205 (see details below)

Wednesday, October 5th
Workshop: SoTL by Any Name—11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205 (see details below)

Thursday, October 6th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Designing a Research Study—1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205

Friday, October 7th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Active Learning—11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205

The Office of Student Conduct and the Office of Integrity and Ethical Development would like to provide an open forum each month for faculty to provide feedback regarding the Student Conduct process, experiences within the classrooms, or any other feedback you would like to provide regarding experiences with Academic Integrity. We will be hosting these sessions once a month during the Fall semester. The next session will occur in the Office of Student Conduct, Ferrell Commons room 227, on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. If you have any questions please contact Rosemarie Timothy at 407-823-2962 or Rosemarie.Timothy@ucf.edu

Surprising Reasons Why Students Commit Academic Misconduct, presented by Jennifer Wright
We usually think students commit acts of academic misconduct because they are lazy, they don’t care, they want an easy way out of doing work, they won’t get caught, etc. We believe students who cheat and plagiarize are on academic probation, they are just trying to increase their GPA, etc. This could not be further from the truth. The Office of Integrity and Ethical Development has worked closely with all students found in-violation of academic misconduct for the past three years. Learn the real reasons why students commit academic misconduct and what we can do as a UCF teaching community to educate students on how to demonstrate academic integrity throughout their UCF career.

This workshop will explore different, sometimes discipline-preferred, approaches to education practitioner research and the connections among them. We will examine the traditions and trajectories of various approaches to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), Teaching-as-Research (TAR), Classroom Research (CR), and Action Research (AR). We will also discuss intersections with Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER). This workshop will have implications for publication strategies, definitions employed in your publications, and research design.

Student consultants are UCF undergraduate or graduate students who, when requested, can provide faculty with feedback about their classes in a variety of ways. Consultants are carefully selected and trained to provide descriptive observation and work as a resource to faculty. Student consultants learn from Faculty Center staff members about how to provide objective information on classroom activities through the use of classroom observations and other services. The consultants all have an interest in supporting excellence in teaching and learning, and they receive training in pedagogy, observational techniques, and classroom data.

Visit the SCOT webpage to learn more about the program, to invite a student to observe your class, or to request more information: http://fctl.ucf.edu/FacultySuccess/FacultyDevelopment /ClassObservations/SCOT.php

UCF is moving towards an electronic system for faculty reporting (either developed in-house or licensed through a third-party vendor). The first step in this process is to brainstorm what that system would be and what it would ‘look like’ (i.e., the business processes it would support and functionality for multiple users including faculty and administrators). These meetings, facilitated by the Office of Faculty Excellence, are simply brainstorming sessions to sketch out ideas for the system. Please come prepared to discuss would be valuable for this system (e.g., reporting, scheduled activities, ad hoc functions) from your perspective as a faculty, administrator, or other. To best accommodate schedules, two further sessions are scheduled. RSVP is not required.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 11, 12:00-1:00, Classroom Building I, room 205
  • Wednesday, Oct. 12, 10:00-11:00, Classroom Building I, room 205

Are you an expert in Stress Management, Personal Finance, Nutrition or Fitness, enjoy sharing your knowledge, and looking for an external service opportunity?  If so, please consider this local opportunity at UCF's Rosen College campus for the Spring, 2017 semester. Submission deadline is Friday, October 7th.

On Thursday, January 26 and Friday, January 27th, the American Resort Development Association’s WIN (Women in the Industry) Advantage group will be holding its annual regional conference at UCF’s Rosen College.  The planning committee is seeking faculty experts as speakers for multiple 50 minute break out sessions on Friday, January 27th, in the morning and afternoon.  Lunch will be provided, and speakers are welcome to attend the entire conference at no charge.  Here is a brief summary of the sessions for which they are seeking speakers:

  • Stress Management (How to Meditate, stress reducing tips and discussion on life changing examples that lead people to become happier and more balanced)
  • Personal Finance (How to do a personal budget and/or financial plan, saving for the future, teaching children to save and invest, tips to save on food/healthy eating)
  • Nutrition for a Balanced Life (Quick and easy nutrition tips and how to work this into busy work life)
  • Quick and Easy Fitness (Tips on 10-20 minute workouts, stretching exercises, overview of fitness on long term health)

Interested individuals should send an email expressing interest, including qualifications, as well as a bio to Amy.Gregory@UCF.edu on or before October 7th. Speakers will be notified of the results of the selection process on or about November 1st.  Any questions related to the larger event or specific sessions should be directed to Dr. Amy Gregory (Amy.Gregory@UCF.edu).

Dr. Jon Landis, US Development Executive with Apple Inc.
Monday, October 17, 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in CB1-205
Mobile pedagogy represents a fundamental shift in content access and in the role of the traditional classroom. This presentation isn't about trendy technology fads or the latest gadgets... this is about facing the challenges and maximizing the possibilities of a connected world. In addition to exploring the dynamics of this new educational paradigm, we will examine the practical implementation strategies, hardware, and support necessary to improve learning opportunity. This session has three parts:

The Why - Do mobile devices have a place in the learning experience?
The How - How does a mobility-rich environment work?
The What - What are current colleges and universities doing as a part of the mobility revolution?

Faculty and Family Fun Sundays, Salute to our Oceans!! Our second event is October 9th from 12:30 – 3 PM and will include: marine touch tanks, face painting, UCF Police Department Kids Fingerprinting, live music by Zack Knauer (COS Administrator), story-telling and book give-aways,  tours of the arboretum, community garden, sea turtle biology, and more.  It will be free, low key, and your participation is really important. Invitees includes all faculty, not just women faculty. This event will be held at the UCF Arboretum Park located behind CREOL Building between parking lots C2 and C3.

Seminar: Transformative Learning Through Community-Based Research  (October 21st at 1:30-3:00pm, Pegasus Ballroom, SU)
Please join us for a seminar provided by Trisha Thorme, of Princeton University, on Transformative Learning Through Community-Based Research. This keynote address for the annual Florida Statewide Symposium on Engagement in Undergraduate Research is open to the UCF community. The talk will cater to faculty and staff who are interested in Community-Based Research, and particularly to those who are new to the collaborative process. Questions? Contact OUR@ucf.edu or 823-3125.

Funding for Students: Undergraduate Research Travel Awards
Students accepted as primary presenters to conferences or workshops (in-state, national, or international) are eligible for OUR Student Travel Grants. These grants will provide up to $400 for domestic travel and $500 for international travel. Please review our website for more details: https://our.ucf.edu/opportunities/travel.php.

Dr. Ilenia Colon Mendoza, Associate Professor of Art History, School of Visual Arts and Design, is conducting a pilot program for faculty of color as part of her Leadership Empowerment Program. The objectives of project M.O.S.A.I.C. are to provide as the acronym states: Mentorship. Opportunity. Support. Achievement. Initiatives. Community for minority faculty. If you would like to participate in this mentoring program please contact her at Ilenia.ColonMendoza@ucf.edu. The initial phase of the project includes health and wellness workshops, as well as an online mentoring community available on Facebook under UCF Minority Mentorship Community.

Volunteer UCF is looking for engaged faculty or staff members to serve as advisors for the Alternative Break Program. The Alternative Break Faculty Advisor plays a crucial role in helping students increase their awareness of social and intellectual issues throughout the trip in a safe and effective manner. We are looking for faculty members and A&P staff to participate. If are interested in learning more and/or applying to become an advisor for a future Alternative Break Program trip, please fill out our online interest form at https://ucf.collegiatelink.net/organization/vucfabp. Once you log in, you will find the application under forms. Trip dates are December 13-19, 2016, January 12-15 and March 13-18, 2017For more information, visit http://osi.ucf.edu/abp/ or contact Miguel Ortiz, Graduate Assistant for the Alternative Break Program (miguel.ortizburgos@ucf.edu).

CDL has developed a Webcourses@UCF integration called Quiz Extensions. This integration provides one place to give students extra time to all existing quizzes/exams. Quiz Extensions is available in all Webcourses@UCF courses; however, it has to be added to the course menu. For directions on how to enable and use Quiz Extensions, please visit https://online.ucf.edu/support/webcourses/integrations/quiz-extensions/

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. Just send your announcements to me at melody@ucf.edu and we will help to spread the word.


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