August - Week 3

Hello Everyone-
Welcome back! Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. As you finalize course syllabi, remember to include a method for documenting students’ academic activity in WebCourses by Friday, August 25th. Check out CDL’s FAQ page about that process here. For information about other critical UCF policies related to teaching, check out this document and glance through the 2016-2017 edition of Teaching at UCF. Finally, we hope you’ll decide to join us for fall programming. See below for details. Applications are due August 31st.
Have a great first week of classes,

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 24th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, August 25th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

New Faculty Learning Community
Led by Melody Bowdon & Susan Chase
If you are interested in meeting once a month with fellow new colleagues for a conversation about teaching, research, balancing faculty roles, and anything else you’d like to discuss, please consider applying to be part of a Faculty Learning Community (FLC). Topics to be covered in meetings will be finalized by faculty participants. The community will meet from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: September 12, October 10, and November 7. To apply, please send an email to by August 31st. Participation is open to faculty members of all ranks who have been at UCF for fewer than three years.

Course Innovation Projection: Improving Student Learning Approaches
Led by Eric Main & Amanda Wolcott
Faculty members often remark that their students do not study enough or only perform work in exchange for significant extrinsic rewards. The Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning is seeking 15-20 faculty members to participate in a Course Innovation Project that will focus on interventions using metacognition and study strategies to encourage students to study more effectively. The cohort will meet from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: September 13, September 27, October 11, and November 8.
To register, please apply at

Faculty Development Community: An Asset-Based Approach to Coping with Secondary Trauma
Led by Amanda Wolcott & Lynell Hodge
Due to popular demand, the Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning is now offering programming designed specifically for instructors and lecturers! We are seeking 15-20 instructor and lecturer faculty members to participate in a Faculty Development Community that will focus on identifying assets that can be used to cope with secondary trauma that can result from exposure to student trauma. Without proper mapping of resources and tools, it may be difficult for faculty members to know how to assist students and where on campus the resources are that their students need. In addition, if instructors do not have an awareness of the resources that can assist them in dealing with secondary trauma, they place themselves at high risk of compassion fatigue and burnout, which can result in lowered outcomes for their classroom performance. The community will meet from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: September 6, September 20, October 4, October 18, and November 5.
To register, please apply at

Contemplative Practices in the Classroom Special Interest Group (Mondays)
Led by Eric Main & Amanda Wolcott
“What if we were to take seriously the possibility that our students have a rich and authoritative inner life and tried to nourish it rather than negate it?” – Mary Rose O’Reilley
Are you interested in learning about applying contemplative practices in your classroom, looking to deepen your practice, or willing to be a part of a community of scholars who understand the benefits of contemplative pedagogy for both students and instructors? The Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning is hosting a special interest group in Fall 2017 and we would like you to join. Dates and times are flexible based on participants’ schedules and availability. If you are interested in participating, email

Minds Online Book Club (Thursdays)
Led by Anna Turner
The Faculty Center and Center for Distributed Learning will cohost Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology by Michelle D. Miller, who was our keynote speaker at the 2017 Summer Faculty Development Conference. Faculty members who teach in web-enhanced, mixed-mode, or online modalities are invited to join us for a discussion on cognition and technology-aided approaches to teaching. Meetings will be held on September 14, September 28, October 12, October 26, and November 9 at noon in the Faculty Center. If you are interested in participating, email The first ten respondents will receive a free copy of the book.

Presentation Zen Book Club
Led by Anna Turner
In his second edition of Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery, Garr Reynolds has included a new chapter focusing on technical and educational topics, in addition to his original approach on creating meaningful presentations. We will use our meetings to discuss Reynolds’s approach in terms of teaching and learning. If you’re looking to improve your presentations, revamp some of your lectures, or learn more about design, please join our discussion. Our meetings will take place on September 6, September 20, October 4, October 18, and November 1 at noon in the Faculty Center. If you are interested in participating, email The first ten respondents will receive a free copy of the book.

Your participation is requested for a UCF doctoral candidate’s dissertation survey regarding how faculty approach non-native English-speaking students’ academic writing errors. The goal is to determine the need/desire of post-secondary faculty for professional development in this area, regardless of department/degree area. Your participation is valued, and the survey can be accessed at: Additionally, please feel free to share the link with other previous/current post-secondary faculty you feel might be interested.

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.

Enroll Students in Independent Research Credit Hours
Please have students that you are mentoring in research and scholarship enroll in Directed Independent Research (XXX 4912), if they are not involved in structured research programs. Students can enroll in various credit hours, including 0 credit hours (at no cost if they are enrolled in other courses). When students enroll in this course, it shows up on your course load, and their transcript.

All-New Faculty Workshop Series
New this semester we will be offering faculty-facing workshops on the following topics in CB 1 205:

  • Effective Mentoring in Undergraduate Research (Tuesday, Sept 5, 2017, 10:00-11:00 am OR Monday, Oct 16, 2017, 2:00-3:00 pm)
  • Faculty Resources and Opportunities in Undergraduate Research (Tuesday, Aug 29, 2017, 10:00-11:00 am OR Monday, Oct 9, 2017, 2:00-3:00 pm)
  • Integrating Research into the Curriculum (Tuesday, Sept 12, 2017, 10:00-11:00 am OR Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017, 2:00-3:00 pm)

Request a Mentoring Report
Have you mentored student researchers? Request a report on all documented students who you mentored since 2009. Email

Academic Advancement Programs is pleased to announce that the applications for the McNair Scholars Program, the Research and Mentoring Program (RAMP), and the Research and Mentoring Program for Transfer Students (RAMP-T) are available at  These programs offer students interested in pursuing graduate education with impactful experiences designed to prepare them for graduate school and the graduate school application process.  Applications for RAMP and RAMP-T are due on September 15th. Applications for the McNair Scholars Program are due October 5th.   For more information please contact

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.

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!
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.
Click here for additional information.
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. This year, the Advisory Committee will be organized around four subcommittees, each of which will focus on one of the following types of initiatives: Inclusivity, Mid-Career Faculty Support, Work-Life Balance, and General Faculty Excellence. 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. Please verify that all links are correct before submitting. 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.

Melody A. Bowdon, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, College of Undergraduate Studies
Executive Director, Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Professor of Writing and Rhetoric
University of Central Florida

P.O. Box 160066
Orlando, FL 32816-0066

Phone: 407-823-3544

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