February - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. If you’re planning to attend any of the workshops listed below, please email fctl@ucf.edu to let us know so we’ll have enough materials, etc., available.

Registration for the Summer Faculty Development Conference is now open! The theme of the conference this year is “High-Impact Practices for Integrative Learning,” which we define as opportunities built into a course or program that have been shown to increase student engagement and retention. High-impact academic practices allow students to integrate and apply their learning to complex problems and projects that are important to students and society. They include student-centered practices within courses, capstone courses and projects, developmental portfolios, faculty-supervised research, service-learning, community-based learning, internships, cross-cultural experiences, study abroad, and field work. To apply to the Faculty Center track, submit a proposal via Qualtrics by Friday, February 24, 2017. To see details and instructions for other tracks, please visit http://fctl.ucf.edu/Events/SummerConference/.

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.

Wednesday, February 8th
Workshop: Bridging the Skills Gap—2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205. See details below.

Thursday, February 9th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Finding Free Materials for Your Course—1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205. See details below.

Friday, February 10th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: What Would It Take to Replace Your Textbook?—11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205. See details below.

Bridging the Skills Gap
Wednesday, February 8, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How do we know that the skills we are developing in students are preparing them for careers? One of the largest issues facing the future of the global economy is the growing gap between the subject matter that students are being taught in courses and the critical skills that companies are looking for. This workshop will prepare you to integrate opportunities for students to develop those skills while reinforcing the content of your course.

Finding Free Materials for Your Course
Thursday, February 9, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
In this session, faculty will identify a topic in one of their courses in which the content could be updated or augmented with open educational resources. We’ll learn how to find open source content and explore some of the most popular sites for finding free resources.

What Would It Take to Replace Your Textbook?
Friday, February 10, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Finding the right textbook can be difficult. Sometimes faculty have to use chapters out of order, skip chapters, or bring in ancillary materials. Due to the expense of textbooks, students often forgo buying the textbook, or they rely on older and outdated editions. If you’re not satisfied with your current text (or are interested in a free option), we invite you to bring your textbook and syllabus to this workshop to see what it would take to replace your current text with an open source text that’s free for students and can be tailored to your course. We will share examples from UCF instructors and address possible barriers to adopting open educational resources. Participants will have time to work on their individual texts with guidance from the facilitators.

The Office of the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), a unit of the Division of Teaching and Learning, is pleased to announce the 2017 Integrative Learning Awards Program. Last year’s competition was a success: 25 teams, with participants from 31 different units around campus, received more than $150,000 in funding.

In its second year, the program provides funding for projects that address the QEP’s theme, What’s Next: Integrative Learning for Professional and Civic Preparation. There are two award categories:

  • Enhancement Awards provide up to $3500 for one-year projects;
  • Program Innovation Awards offer up to $10,000 for two-year projects.

UCF faculty and staff may submit proposals no later than Friday, February 24. To learn more, visit the QEP website. If you have questions about the Integrative Learning Awards Program, please contact Anna Jones, QEP Director (Anna.Jones@ucf.edu) or Brooks Pingston, QEP Coordinator (Brooks.Pingston@ucf.edu).

Registration is required for all workshops. Please RSVP here.

Hispanic Serving Institutions: An Introduction
w/ Office of Diversity and Inclusion 
February 7, 2017  1:00-2:00PM  Global 101
*DEU Credit for SDES

Latino Beyond Reel (Documentary Viewing)
w/ Office of Diversity and Inclusion & Nicholson School of Communication
February 27, 2017  10:00AM-12:00PM  Career Services & Experiential Learning, Room 121
*DEU Credit for SDES

Latina Health Disparities
w/ Wellness and Health Promotion Services and Women's and Gender Studies
March 6, 2017  11:00AM-12:00PM  Student Union 223

The Citizen Curator Project of Central Florida invites participants to create a series of exhibitions in spring and summer 2017 focused on the theme “Eliminationism and Resilience.” A particularly potent example of eliminationism, defined as discourses, actions, and social policies that seek to suppress, exile, or exterminate perceived opponents, is the recent Pulse nightclub attack, whereas the Orlando United campaign may be viewed as an act of resilience.

To encourage contemporary civic discourse and engagement, we encourage projects that explore strategies for combating racism, discrimination, and eliminationism or other social practices that seek to marginalize others. The Citizen Curator Project facilitates creative engagement with local museum, library, and archival collections and invites participants to respond to the theme, “Eliminationism and Resilience.”

We urge participants to experiment, not only with a range of perspectives on the theme and historical source material, but also with the idea of what an exhibit can be. Anyone with an interest in affecting social change through exhibitions can be a Citizen Curator. This includes, but is not limited to, students, artists, activists, educators, and members of the community. No previous experience with curating is required.

To apply, email a 250-word description of your project to citizencurator@cah.ucf.edu by February 15, 2017. Please include the type of materials you will be using, the desired or proposed location of your exhibit (UCF Art Gallery, John C. Hitt Library, online, other galleries or venues of your choice), your vision (include a sketch or image if applicable), and how your project relates to the theme “Eliminationism and Resilience.” Individuals or small groups are welcome. For more information visit: http://www.cah.ucf.edu/citizencurator/

In celebration of the 115th anniversary of John Steinbeck’s birth, the University of Central Florida and Seminole County Public Library will host a series of events around his classic novel The Grapes of Wrath. Winner of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, John Steinbeck (1902-1968) wrote twenty-seven books that explore themes such as fate, poverty, and injustice. Activities, including book clubs, art exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, food drives, theatrical performances, and game jams, will take place February 27-April 14, 2017. Please visit http://bigread.cah.ucf.edu/ or http://www.neabigread.org/ for more information. For questions or a complimentary copy of the book, email keri.watson@ucf.edu.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is sponsoring the Diversity Week Student Poster Contest again this year. Rules for the contest may be found at https://diversity.ucf.edu/files/2017/01/2017-Poster-Competition-Rules-Final-1.pdf. Please help us to encourage UCF's students to enter the contest. The deadline for submission of an entry is March 31, 2017.

Friday, Feb 10, 2017, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, UCF Observatory, Southeast corner of campus on Ara Drive. Astronomy Night for Faculty and Families.  http://planets.ucf.edu/observatory/directions Robinson Observatory hosts a permanently-mounted 20-inch telescope with a science-quality CCD camera, as well as several portable 8-inch telescopes. Weather permitting, we will use the big telescope to view various galaxies and stars, and we'll set up several of the smaller ones with eyepieces to get real-time views of the Moon, Venus, Mars, and the Orion Nebula. Tour Guide:  Dr. Yan Fernandez, Associate Professor, & Director of Robinson Observatory, Department of Physics, College of Sciences.  No RSVP needed.

The UCF community of faculty, students, and staff are joining together to celebrate women’s history month and to highlight women’s achievements and challenges to gender equity.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites faculty, staff, and student submissions for a poster for campus distribution that raises awareness of the month’s activities. We are looking for a poster that recognizes the diversity of women’s experiences. Poster contributors this year can pick any visuals to convey a national theme (equal pay, women’s rights, women in labor and business) or the International Women’s Day theme #BeBoldForChange.

Submit entries and see full competition rules online at diversity.ucf.edu/events/womens-history-month.

Upcoming opportunities for Undergraduate Researchers:
Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence(SURE; Abstracts due Feb 10, Event April 6)
Please remind your students that the application deadline for SURE is February 10th.  This Showcase is UCF’s signature event for undergraduates to share research, scholarship, and creative work. Through this poster forum, students present current and recently completed research and creative projects to the university community. Additionally, OUR is still seeking faculty judges for each of the two poster sessions. If you are interested in being a faculty judge for SURE, please submit your interest at https://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eOJ4D6QZeYBelMx.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF; applications due March 10)
This is an opportunity for undergraduate researchers and their mentors to receive scholarship funding.  Undergraduates participate in independent research and creative projects in collaboration with UCF Faculty through one of three tracks:

  • Track 1 Emerging Fellow: For students who have not yet had an independent research experience. This is for students beginning projects.
  • Track 2 Fieldwork Fellow: For students who plan to spend significant time away from UCF working on or training for a research or creative project during the summer with their UCF faculty mentor.
  • Track 3 Publishing Fellow: This track is for advanced undergraduate researchers. This track will assist students in preparing a manuscript.

All students receive a $1500 scholarship. Their faculty members receive $250 supply fund. Track 2 fellows can receive up to another $1000 for travel. 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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