April - Week 3

Hello Everyone-
As part of our ongoing efforts to understand faculty needs and improve program effectiveness, we conduct a faculty survey every April. Please take a few minutes to complete it. You can access it between now and May 12th at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0BPbzyc3bupnArj. Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.
Have a good week,
Melody

FACULTY CENTER AND PARTNER UNIT HAPPENINGS FOR THE 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.

Thursday, April 20th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, April 21st
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

CHUCK D. DZIUBAN AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ONLINE TEACHING
The Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) has awarded the sixth annual Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching to Kenneth L. Hanson, Ph.D., from the Judaic Studies Program, College of Arts and Humanities. The award presentation occurred during the Showcase event that concluded the spring section of CDL’s faculty development program for online and blended teaching, IDL6543. The committee also recognized one Honorable Mention: Dan Martin from the Department of Writing and Rhetoric.  The Dziuban Award is a peer-reviewed selected honor. 

UDOIT TECHTIME: HANDS-ON WORKSHOP FOR UNIVERSAL DESIGN
On Thursday, April 20th, from 3:00-4:00 p.m., the Center for Distributed Learning will be hosting a Tech Time for UDOIT (Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool).  This tool is available in your course navigation menu and allows you to scan your course content for possible accessibility issues. The first half of the session will show you how to use the tool, and the second half will be a hands-on workshop.

This is a faculty-focused session, but staff are welcome. Please bring: 1) a course you are ready to scan and 2) a laptop (there are NO computers provided, so this is mandatory). The event takes place in the Center for Distributed Learning Library Offices, LIB-161b, John C. Hitt Library.

QPR TRAINING OPPORTUNITY FOR FACULTY
What is QPR? How can a QPR training better prepare you to talk with students you believe may be struggling emotionally?
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps that you can learn to help save a life from suicide. QPR is a simple educational program that teaches people how to recognize a mental health emergency and how to get a person at risk the help they need. It is also an action plan that can result in lives saved. To learn more about QPR: https://caps.sdes.ucf.edu/qpr/  

We know how busy your schedules are, so we would like to extend an offer to take this a simple, FREE online, one-hour QPR training session at a time that fits your schedule. If you are interested in learning more about suicide prevention and QPR, please contact Dr. Teresa Michaelson-Chmelir from the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) office to get your free one-hour online training (a $30 value). Teresa.Michaelson@ucf.edu or 407-823-2811.

PENN SUMMIT ON FOSTERING RACIALLY RESPONSIVE CAMPUS CLIMATES APRIL 18, 19, AND 20
The Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services is pleased to share information about a wonderful professional development series, the Penn Summit on Fostering Racially Responsive Campus Climates. The summit, a three-part video broadcast series, will be held on April 18, 19 and 20. It is geared toward higher education leaders, student affairs professionals, and faculty members. Presenters will periodically read and respond aloud to questions posed by persons tuned into the live broadcast. >>>READ MORE

CGI UNIVERSITY STUDENT LEADER NOMINATION
CGI University is recruiting student leaders who are committed to address the world’s most pressing problems for its 2017 annual meeting. Accepted students will have the opportunity to meet with 1,000 fellow social innovators at an inspiring 3-day conference at Northeastern University and hear from high-caliber speakers and thought leaders, including President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton. The deadline for students to apply is May 1, 2017.

If you would like to nominate an undergraduate or a graduate student who would be an exceptional candidate for this opportunity, please take 2 minutes to fill out the nomination form atcgiu.org/nominate

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Undergraduate Research Grant (OUR Grant proposal deadline is 5pm, Friday, July 28th for fall)
Students can apply for grants of up to $500 to support research projects in collaboration with UCF faculty. Group projects may be eligible for up to $1000. A letter of recommendation from the student applicant's faculty mentor is due one week later (mentors are electronically sent this information at the time of submission). Please click the hyperlink above for more information.
  
FACULTY WRITING CLUB SPRING 2017
Join a faculty writing club to start your spring 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!

NOTE ABOUT LISTSERV ANNOUNCEMENT SUBMISSIONS
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 melody@ucf.edu and we will help to spread the word.

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College of Sciences Drew    Lanier Students retain more of course material when they are active learners. Employing a mixture of lecture and the Socratic Method allows me to both communicate the course's basic concepts and ideas and assess students' comprehension of the material. Students will retain more of the course material if it is relev...

Mohtashem Samsam
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Lei Zhao
College of Engineering and Computer Science Lei   Zhao Enthusiasm is the key to the success of an engineering educator. My enthusiasm in engineering and teaching, which propelled me through many years of hard work in pursuit of knowledge and excellence, enables me to instill the same enthusiasm in my students and guide them towards a rewarding career in engine...