September - Week 4

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 for information and assistance.

Monday, September 26th
Designing a SoTL Research Study—10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Classroom Building 1, room 205

Tuesday, September 27th
Webinar—Moving Beyond Civility: How to Facilitate Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom—2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Teaching Academy, room 117

Wednesday, September 28th
Brown Bag Lunch and Book Club: The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal by Parker J. Palmer and Arthur Zajonc—12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 29th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Generating a SoTL Research Question—1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Classroom Building 1, room 205

Friday, September 30th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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, three sessions are scheduled. RSVP is not required.

  • Friday, Sept. 30:  1:30-2:30, Classroom Building I, room 205
  • Tuesday, Oct. 11, 12:00-1:00, Classroom Building I, room 205
  • Wednesday, Oct. 12, 10:00-11:00, Classroom Building I, room 205

A presentation led by Adobe’s head of digital video, David Helmly, is free to faculty and staff. It will take place on September 28 at 3pm in HPA1 room 125. In this session, faculty, staff, and graduate students will learn how to use Adobe's professional video capabilities in Adobe Creative Cloud to develop projects with 4K, 6K, and even 8K media, using features such as color grading, collaborative project editing, and new trends like VR. Whether novice or expert, Adobe allows you to edit with virtually any media type and output your project to any screen. Seating is limited and first come, first serve. Please register at: and note that there is also a separate session available for undergraduate students (7pm in CL1-104).

Free Hands-Only CPR Classes Offered on World Heart Day
Join UCF in celebrating World Heart Day by learning Hands-Only CPR in the Student Union, Pegasus Ballroom on September 29th. Free training sessions will start every few minutes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during this CPR marathon. Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. More than 1,000 members of the community are expected to learn this quick, basic emergency response. World Heart Day encourages people to reduce cardiovascular risk by making heart-healthy choices and knowing how to help others in cardiac distress. For further information, contact or Environmental Health & Safety at 407-823-6300.

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 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 (

Linking STEM and Law and UCF, Assistant Professor Timothy M. Ravich (Dept. Legal Studies) is offering a new class next semester, “Law and Technology.” He is hosting (lunch provided) an information session on Wed., Sept. 28 in HPA I, Room 304. Faculty are welcome, particularly those who might be open to guest speaking in the class and introducing students to the STEM disciplines here at UCF. Please RSVP with Dr. Ravich at

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?

CSWF Online Faculty Fitness Challenge is off to a great inaugural start with 149 participants, all working to “reach the stars” this semester. And it isn’t too late to join our 10-week program, last day to sign up is Monday Sept 26. If you are interested, please contact Fran Ragsdale at

CSWF book club selection for this semester is “The Slow Professor by Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber. In The Slow Professor, Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber discuss how adopting the principles of the slow movement in academic life can counter this erosion of humanistic education. Focusing on the individual faculty member and his or her own professional practice, both authors present an analysis of the culture of speed in the academy and ways of alleviating stress while improving teaching, research, and collegiality. This is a must-read for anyone in academia concerned about the frantic pace of contemporary university life. We will discuss the entire book in one session and there will be two sessions to accommodate busy schedules. Our first discussion will occur on Tuesday, September 27 from noon – 1 PM in the Student Union, Room 222.  Our second discussion is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28 from noon - 1 PM in Student Union, Room 222.
We now have extra books, so if you would like one, please contact Fran Ragsdale at

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 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:

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) has announced the Fall semester trainings with the Unity Star news found at These sessions tend to fill quickly. The ODI training staff is also available for workshops and classroom presentations tailored to your needs. Please contact Barbara Thompson or Rachel Luce-Hitt by calling (407) 823-6479 or by emailing

UCF “Be You” Storytelling Project – Dr. MC Santana – Plan B in Life:  Change is Inevitable and to Embrace It is to Live Fully. Wednesday, September 21 – Noon to 1 p.m. – Barbara Ying Center, Building 81. Cookies and drinks provided. Professor Santana will engage the audience with her journey through a life of commitment to others in service while adapting to changes in her life plan.  Santana, a recognized speaker on leadership and women, hopes to create a safe space for sharing and understanding. Hosted by Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

“Move Beyond Civility: How to Facilitate Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom” – Tuesday, September 271:45 to 3:30 p.m. – Teaching Academy, Room 117. Facilitator – Dr. Yovanna Pineda. “This has been a particularly difficult year as students continue to challenge faculty and administrators to hear their concerns, engage in difficult conversation and make meaningful change on campus. In this webinar, participants will learn how to help faculty members better navigate difficult dialogues and conflict in the classroom. Many faculty members are experiencing a significant increase in both frequency and intensity of difficult dialogues in the classroom. The ability to engage students and facilitate meaningful dialogue in these moments not only further learning, but also impact student success. Mismanaged conversations often result in unresolved issues, misunderstanding and simmering conflict that undermine learning outcomes and campus-wide goals to create inclusive campus environments.” Hosted by Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

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 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 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 or contact Miguel Ortiz, Graduate Assistant for the Alternative Break Program (

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

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 and we will help to spread the word.


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