August - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Please contact a member of our staff if you’d like to talk about preparing your courses for the fall semester.
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.

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

Friday, August 11th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference is returning in early 2018! Mark your calendars now for Wednesday January 31–Friday Feb. 2, when we will return to the Sirata Beach Resort in St. Petersburg, FL, for a conference right on the beach, connecting friends, ideas, and networks. Our keynote speaker will be Michelle Miller, author of Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology. The formal call for proposals will open in September, with decisions by November. We hope to see you in January!

Applications are now being accepted for the Honors College Faculty Fellow in HIM: This new program allows a faculty member to gain professional development and administrative experience while supporting the mission and goals of the Honors College. This year’s fellow will focus on promoting Honors In the Major to faculty and students, strengthening partnerships with college HIM coordinators, and assisting with the administration and assessment of the HIM program.

The editorial board of the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR) is pleased to announce a call for submissions for new TOPR entries from now until September 15, 2017. Selected entries will be announced in October 2017. Please explore the newly redesigned site ( and consider submitting an entry using the submission form at:

This peer-reviewed scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) resource is emerging as a go-to destination for faculty/designers in search of ideas for online and blended courses. Each entry is highly focused on one teaching practice with a solid description, concrete example(s), relevant professional practice or research literature, and key words connecting to other practices. Please contact Baiyun Chen ( or Aimee deNoyelles ( with any questions.

FE Center for Success of Women Faculty - Women of Distinction Awards
The UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty is pleased to announce the fifth year of the Women of Distinction awards to highlight the achievements of outstanding women faculty at UCF. Three awards will be given in this year for “Excellence in Mentoring,” broadly defined. To celebrate excellence in mentoring at all stages of our careers, we would like to recognize a colleague with up to 5 years of service as a faculty member, a colleague with 6 – 10 years of service as a faculty member, and a colleague with more than 10 years of service as a faculty member.
Women faculty must be full-time UCF employees (faculty appointment types include full professors, associate professors, assistant professors, clinical faculty, research faculty, assistant lecturers, associate lecturers, assistant instructors, associate instructors, all librarian ranks, senior instructional designer, assistant instructional designer, and associate instructional designer) who are excellent mentors of their colleagues, students, and/or community partners are eligible to apply. While the mentors should be women faculty, mentees can be male and female. Self-nominations are encouraged. Winners will be announced at the President’s Welcome Reception for Women Faculty at the start of the fall 2017 semester. The winners will each receive a professional development stipend to be used for professional travel, research development and academic materials in the amount $1000 provided by President Hitt. Application Deadline: August 14, 2017 at 5 PM (late applications will not be considered) Click here for more information.
Questions? Contact or 407-823-1113.

Straight Talk - What Happens After I Submit my Dossier?
The “Straight Talk” series provides full time faculty seeking promotion at all ranks (assistant professor, associate professor, instructor/lecturer, librarians/instructional designers) a forum for candid and open discussions with university leaders about preparing for and navigating the promotion (and in some cases tenure) process.
Specific sessions focus on the topics of gauging your readiness to apply, developing an effective dossier, and intentionally managing the process.

This session will focus on the following:

  • How the process works.
  • Intentionally managing the promotion process.
  • Developing responses to committee reviews, as needed.
  • Establishing a support network.

Speaker: Dr. Jana Jasinski
Audience: Assistant and Associate Professors
August 23, 2017
2:00 – 3:30 pm
UCF Global 101

Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Dooley
Audience: Instructors, Lecturers, Librarians, and Instructional Designers
August 24, 2017
9:00 – 10:30 am
Teaching Academy 102

Questions? Contact or 407-823-1113.

Chairs and Directors Excellence Program: Academic Analytics
August 30, 2017
9:00 am – 10:00 am

Please join us for an overview of Academic Analytics, a new tool that can benchmark faculty research productivity. After the introduction, we will provide specific strategies for how you can use the custom reporting in this tool to answer critical questions in your college or department.

Speaker: Ana Navarro, IR Data Analyst, Institutional Knowledge Management
Classroom Building 1, Room 205

Questions? Contact or 407-823-1113.

2nd Annual “Reach for the Stars” Faculty Fitness Challenge
Being active and spending time with family and friends are both directly linked to career satisfaction. Our primary goal for the 10-week challenge is to encourage faculty to participate in physical activity while spending time with family and friends. First-timers, moderate exercisers, and fitness enthusiasts are all welcome to participate!
The collective goal for UCF faculty is to Reach the Stars! Our specific target is the brightest star in the Pegasus constellation, Enif (Epsilon Pegasi, the nose of the horse), which is 690 light years away. We are taking liberties and translating light years into miles for this challenge. Thus, if one person walks 5 miles a day or 35 miles/week, it will take that one person approximately 20 weeks to reach Enif. Two colleagues could reach the destination in 10 weeks. In reality, UCF has nearly 2,000 faculty, allowing Enif to be reached many dozens of times this fall! Additionally, lets challenge ourselves to beat last year’s group mileage of 20,569 miles. This should be an achievable goal as UCF has many, many stars in our midst!
Program Requirements
Registered participants will report mileage each week for 10 weeks via an online survey. Weekly reminders and progress updates will be sent to participants.

  • All registered participants will receive a Faculty Excellence Center for Success of Women Faculty water bottle to keep you hydrated throughout the challenge.
  • All individuals who reach their weekly goal will be entered in weekly raffles for baskets of amazing produce from the UCF community garden.
  • Individuals who complete at least 80% of their weekly goals at the end of the 10-week program will receive a mystery swag item AND be entered into one of many raffle drawings to enjoy lunch with our UCF mystery guests.

Eligibility and Registration
Applications from faculty, staff, students, as well as family and friends of faculty, staff, and students are submitted online at Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm on September 1. The challenge will begin on September 11 and conclude on November 12.
Questions can be directed to Faculty Excellence (; 407-823-1113).

Faculty Excellence Advisory Committee
The goal of the Faculty Excellence Advisory Committee is to provide input, recommendations and feedback on various Faculty Excellence initiatives with the purpose of strengthening UCF faculty and assisting Faculty Excellence in fulfilling its quest. Full‐time faculty members of all ranks and types are invited to apply by Sept. 7.
Scroll and Quill Society
The Scroll and Quill Society recognizes outstanding achievement in research and creative activities. The 2017-18 application period is now open for all UCF faculty members who have maintained continuous full-time faculty appointment at UCF since August 2007. Apply online by Sept. 22
Faculty Excellence Communities
Faculty Excellence is offering three mentoring communities this fall as an effort to strengthen our faculty:

The Center for Success of Women Faculty Mentoring Community helps foster a proactive and supportive network for women across disciplines and academic ranks. Applications are due electronically no later than 5 p.m. on Aug. 25. 

The Non-Tenure Earning Communities provide professional development for faculty members who have been in a non-tenure earning position at UCF for at least three years. Applications are due electronically no later than 5 p.m. on Sept. 1.

The Associate Professor Mentoring Communities are small, peer-directed groups of tenured associate professors designed to engage participants in career planning and advancement. Applications are due electronically no later than 5 p.m. on Sept. 8. 

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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