December - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about upcoming programming at the Faculty Center and beyond. Winter Conference 2017 will take place December 11-13. We will post the full program in a couple of days. Registration for our Spring 2018 events is now open—check out details below.
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, December 7th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, December 8th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday Teaching and Learning Days
The Faculty Center will host Teaching and Learning Days on three Fridays next semester from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. with lunch included for the first 30 registrants. Topics will vary and will include sessions by other faculty support offices at UCF. Look for details in upcoming Sunday listserv announcements; meanwhile, save the following Fridays in your calendar: February 9th, March 9th, and April 13th.

Course Innovation Project: Active Learning Classrooms
Many new classrooms on the main and downtown campuses are currently being designed as active learning spaces: flexible rooms with no “front” that better support active learning pedagogies. The purpose of this Course Innovation Project is to develop and share effective practices for teaching in these future spaces. Participants will have opportunities to experience learning and presenting in active classrooms, learn about the latest in instructional technology, read and discuss selected relevant literature, and discuss ways in which changing spaces impact assessment and instruction. As a deliverable, participants will be expected to design and share individual contributions to a collaboratively-designed faculty-facing guide for teaching in active learning classrooms. To receive the $500 grant, faculty must attend four cohort meetings and submit individual materials for the active learning guide. The cohort will meet on the following Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.:  January 24, February 21, March 21 and April 11.
To apply for this opportunity, complete the form at by January 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Course Innovation Project: Virtual Reality and Education
This Course Innovation Project will focus on using virtual reality in the classroom. In our four sessions we will address rudimentary technical aspects of this emerging tool, explore a variety of existing VR programs appropriate for use in a wide range of disciplines, experience VR modules created by Embodied Labs (a partner organization), consider questions about the possibilities of using VR for training and assessment, and discuss issues related to ethics and innovation through the VR lens. To receive the $500 grant, participants will be expected to attend the four sessions; put in some outside time experiencing VR programs; and produce a deliverable, which may include a) demonstrated modifications to a course through incorporation of VR or b) relevant faculty-facing materials such as instructions or an article for Faculty Focus. The cohort will meet on the following Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: January 18, February 15, March 8, and April 12.
To apply for this opportunity, complete the form at by January 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Course Innovation Project: Contemplative Practices in the Classroom
In this Course Innovation Project,  faculty members will develop a significant series of contemplative practices that are designed to be woven into learning activities throughout the semester. Deliverables will include: 1) development of a series of classroom activities and/or assignments, and 2) a Faculty Focus article for a special edition on contemplative pedagogy or a digital story on your experiences using contemplative practices in the classroom. In addition, there will be an opportunity to participate in research on the impact of your assignments on your students’ learning approaches, which will provide you with data you can use in your professional development. The cohort will be held from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. on the following Tuesdays:  January 16, February 13, March 6, and April 10. In this cohort, To apply for this opportunity, complete the form at by January 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Faculty Development Cohort: An Asset-Based Approach to Coping with Secondary Trauma
Due to popular demand, the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning is expanding its asset-based approach to secondary trauma cohort into Spring 2018! The Faculty Development Community 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 to find the resources that their students need. In addition, if faculty do not have an awareness of the resources that can assist them in dealing with secondary trauma, they face a high risk of compassion fatigue and burnout, which can result in lowered outcomes for their classroom performance. The community will meet from 9:30–11:30 a.m. on the following Thursdays: January 25, February 22, March 22, and April 19.
To apply for this opportunity, complete the form at by January 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Course Innovation Project: Enhancing Active Learning Using Webcourses@UCF
The Faculty Center will collaborate with the Center for Distributed Learning to lead this CIP for faculty members interested in active learning and online environments. In this cohort, faculty will redesign part of an existing course, using tools in Webcourses@UCF to support student learning and improve an online, mixed mode, or web-enhanced face-to-face course. To receive the $500 grant, participants will attend four cohort meetings, produce one of three project deliverables (a new or updated major assignment/project; activities, online and face-to-face, if applicable, for one week’s worth of content; or course revisions, based on a course observation and/or formal review), attend the Spring session of the Faculty Seminars in Online Teaching (March 2018) or watch two Faculty Seminars in Online Teaching, design an assignment or weekly lesson plan to implement during the fall semester, and produce a final report. The cohort will meet on the following Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: January 24, February 28, March 28, and April 18.
To apply for this opportunity, complete the form at by January 12 at 5:00 p.m.

STEM Faculty Learning Community
In collaboration with the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities, the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning invites faculty members teaching large introductory gateway courses in STEM fields to participate in a faculty learning community that will focus on improving STEM education at UCF. Faculty members will meet three times during the semester, agree to have a trained undergraduate student observe their course to collect data, and provide a written reflective report at the end of the project. Faculty members interested in participating should send an email to

Open Virtual Reality Hours
This spring, the Faculty Center will offer regularly scheduled hours for you to experience the latest in virtual-reality technology and software. Come see what’s available and have a discussion about how to complement your teaching effectively. If you plan to use VR in any of your classes, this time could serve as an opportunity for you or your students to come in outside of class to use the equipment without taking away from class time. Starting February 2nd, join us on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (with the exception of February 9th, March 9th, and April 13th).

Special Interest Group: Writing a Journal Article in 12 Weeks
The purpose of this workshop is to enable faculty to produce an article manuscript for submission to an academic journal. It is designed to help participants make time for research and writing in the midst of their other various professional and personal obligations. It can also help participants make and meet weekly goals. Faculty writers will work over twelve weeks during the semester to revise an existing piece of writing (conference paper, chapter, unpublished draft, etc.), to identify publishing venues, and to submit the finished product for publication. Each participant will receive a copy of the Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks book prior to the beginning of the workshop.
If interested, please send an email to

Over the next several months, the Faculty Center’s website will be transitioning to a WordPress site administered by the Division of Teaching and Learning. To help us with this move, we welcome input on what you like, dislike, or would like to see changed about the current site, The new site will not have the same navigational depth, so we look forward to hearing what your most frequently visited pages are, and if we can help you get to them any more easily. Please send comments or suggestions to

Spring 2018 Transfer Student Success Workshop Series
The QEP-Sponsored Transfer Student Success Workshop Series seeks to help undergraduate faculty recognize the challenges facing transfer students and equip them with techniques to promote student success in the major and beyond. We are seeking faculty to participate in a series of five 90-minutes workshops in spring 2018. Participants will learn from experts about the challenges faced by transfer students and work with peers on developing short- or long-term plans to support, mentor, and advise transfer students in their majors. Special consideration will be given to two-member teams and to undergraduate program directors, faculty advisors, faculty mentors, and those teaching courses most frequently taken by transfer students during their first semester at UCF. Participants will receive $400 for successful completion of the workshop series.

Interested faculty should submit an application that includes: name; academic department (and specialty, if applicable); and a brief (300-word max.) statement describing what you hope to gain from participation in the workshop and particular challenges of supporting your transfer majors you would like to address. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 12.

For more details on the workshop series visit To submit an application, or if you have any questions, contact Dr. Jason Dodge, Director of Transfer & Transition Services, (

Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence
Applications for the 2018 Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE) are now open. The deadline to submit an application to present at the Showcase is February 9, 2018 at 1p.m. SURE is a poster forum for UCF undergraduate to present their research and creative projects to the broader university community.  Undergraduates and Fall 2017 graduates from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Enroll Students in Independent Research Credit Hours
Please have students that you are mentoring in research and scholarship enroll in independent research 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. 

Need help with your research and scholarship? Post a position!
Consider having you or one of your graduate students post a position on the Undergraduate Research Position Database. Positions can be through structured UCF programs, independent projects, or general research and academic scholarship support. To submit a posting, go to

Faculty and staff are invited to join Provost Dale Whittaker for a series of forums returning this semester. Our second forum will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. in the Morgridge International Reading Center, Global Communications Room (GCR). It will revisit our progress on metrics related to faculty prominence and excellence and discuss new initiatives to help us reach our collective goals. The forum will feature Dr. Jana Jasinski, Interim Vice Provost for Faculty Excellence and Pegasus Professor, and other faculty members participating in new mentoring communities, leadership programs, and inclusive excellence initiatives. We also will announce the winner of the Fall 2017 Marchioli Collective Impact Innovation Award. If you cannot attend these forums in person, you may watch them in real time online at

March is Women’s History Month and UCF has celebrated this event for the past five years by recognizing and applauding one faculty or staff member each day of the month. These amazing women (and men) are recognized for their dedication to the advancement of women in the academic world, specifically at UCF. 

To nominate a colleague, please fill out this form and submit it to Linda Walters. Nominations are due by Jan. 19. To honor as many of our colleagues as possible, we only allow individuals to be recognized one time. A list of past honorees is available online.

The editors of the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR) are pleased to announce the nine entries accepted for publication from the Fall 2017 Call for Submissions, which represent a diversity of approaches to designing online content, engagement activities, and assessments of learning. Please review the press release: 

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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.

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Dan Murphree
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