April - Week 4

Hello Everyone-
As we move into finals this week, please be sure to reach out to the Faculty Center team if you have questions related to wrapping up the semester. Also, please take a few minutes to complete our annual survey about faculty needs and program effectiveness. You can access it here http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0BPbzyc3bupnArj between now and May 12th.
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 fctl@ucf.edu for information and assistance.

Thursday, April 27th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, April 28th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Faculty Center hopes to recruit up to five faculty members from across the university and from both the instructor/lecturer and tenure tracks to participate in our 2017-2018 faculty fellows program. All full-time faculty are eligible to apply, and applications are due May 19th. Email fctl@ucf.edu for more information. We would particularly like to see applications from faculty who have interests in the following areas: engaging in learning space design and research, working with housing and residence life to support co-curricular learning outcomes, working with transfer and transition services to develop faculty and staff-facing professional development programs that encourage transfer student success, and implementing a number of pedagogical innovations.

We know that our faculty are doing amazing things and we would like to stay in the loop and keep our databases current. If you have participated in programming through the Faculty Center (e.g., cohorts, book clubs, workshops, conferences, consultations, etc.) and have presented or published work on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, we want to hear about it! Please send the reference information to Amanda.Wolcott@ucf.edu, including all author names, year, title, and the name of journal or conference—we’ll feature you on the Faculty Center webpage!

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.

Illuminations Volume 5, Number 1 Spring 2017
The UCF Libraries publication Illuminations is now available online at http://illuminations.library.ucf.edu. This issue features a look at what faculty across campus are reading, an interview with Brian Fisak from the Department of Psychology, an article from Women & Gender Studies’ Leandra Preston-Sidler, an article from UCF Adjunct Librarian Josette Kubicki, and a short piece from Text & Technology’s Barry Mauer. If you would like to contribute to our Fall 2017 issue, please contact Illuminations Editor Carrie Moran (carrie.moran@ucf.edu).

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 at cgiu.org/nominate

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.
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!

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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Peter Telep
College of Arts and Sciences Peter  Telep During my time at UCF I have made some observations that strongly inform my teaching. Fact: Students who enroll in my classes do not, for the most part, enter the classroom without my enthusiasm for writing. Some are fairly determined; others want to learn enough to get by. Most do not actively seek feedback ...

Edwardo Divo
College of Engineering and Computer Science Edwardo  Divo During my relatively long career as an educator in the field of engineering, I have come to realize that a Teaching Philosophy is a product of an evolutionary process that adapts to many different circumstances and that it transcends borders and even language barriers. My philosophy begins by placing myse...

Michael Strawser
College of Arts and Humanities Michael Strawser All true education and edification (or Bildung, which nicely captures the meanings of both words) is based on respect, and I am thankful to have consistently scored highest in this category on my student perception of instruction forms. There are several ways that I try to respect my students, perhaps the most im...