February - Week 2

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,
Melody

FACULTY CENTER AND PARTNER UNIT HAPPENINGS FOR THE 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, February 16th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Using Game Design Techniques to Improve Student Engagement and Success—2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. See details below.

Friday, February 17th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

FACULTY CENTER WORKSHOPS
Using Game Design Techniques to Improve Student Engagement and Success
Thursday, February 16, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
This workshop is an introduction to incorporating game design techniques in the university classroom. Faculty members with no technical knowledge can draw upon many of these techniques and use them without having an actual game in their classes. Participants will become familiar with terms such as "game-based learning" and "gamification," as well as the research of James Paul Gee. The benefits, challenges, and pitfalls of trying to incorporate some form of gaming into assignments or even an entire curriculum will also be addressed. Participants will leave the workshop with an annotated list of resources available here at UCF and on the web.

QEP INTEGRATIVE LEARNING AWARDS CALL FOR PROPOSALS
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).

NATIONAL SURVEY OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT
Operational Excellence and Assessment Support (OEAS) at UCF is administering the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) to first-year students and senior students graduating in spring or summer 2017. This survey returns critical information about academic and co-curricular experiences of students. The launch date is February 9, 2017 in myUCFand February 28, 2017 by email. The survey will be open through most of the spring term. OEAS has developed a Question and Answer page at http://survey.ucf.edu/NSSE_FAQs.html.

Please help us get the word out to students so they look for the email and the invitation to participate in their myUCF ‘To Do List.’ The promotion of NSSE will sustain the dramatic increase in response rates we attained in 2014 using these methods.With departmental endorsement help and the myUCF portal link to the survey, the overall 2014 NSSE response rate for UCF was 41%. This marked a 193% increase in response rates from the 2011 NSSE administration at UCF when the overall response rate was 14%. With high student participation, we will be in position to use NSSE findings to inform improvement initiatives such as the UCF Collective Impact Strategic plan and the Quality Enhancement Plan – What’s Next.

LaFaSA SPRING 2017 WORKSHOPS
Registration is required for all workshops. Please RSVP here.

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

CITIZEN CURATOR PROJECT CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
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/

THE BIG READ @ UCF 2017
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.

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
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.

NEWS FROM THE CENTER FOR SUCCESS OF WOMEN FACULTY
Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, UCF Student Union Pensacola Board Room 222. CSWF Book Club, ThePhDictionary: A Glossary of Things You Don't Know (but Should) about Doctoral and Faculty Life. Author: Herb Childress (1st gen undergraduate turned college professor turned administrator)
This book is a humorous look at the verbiage and traditions known only in academia. While it might sound like this book is only perfect for new faculty members, I can assure you that anyone in academia who reads and discusses this book will learn something new.   The author Herb Childress acknowledges that he has tripped over almost every possible misunderstood term, run up against every arcane practice, and has developed strategies to deal with them all. He combines current data and personal stories into memorable definitions of 150 key phrases and concepts faculty need to know (or pretend to know) as they navigate their academic careers. From "ABD" to "buyout," to "FERPA”, "gray literature, " and "soft money", it all becomes clear(er) with helpful definitions combined with plenty of relevant advice.
CSWF has a limited number of copies to share.  No RSVP needed.

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, UCF Student Union Pensacola Board Room 222. CSWF Book Club, ThePhDictionary: A Glossary of Things You Don't Know (but Should) about Doctoral and Faculty Life. Author: Herb Childress (1st gen undergraduate turned college professor turned administrator)
This book is a humorous look at the verbiage and traditions known only in academia. While it might sound like this book is only perfect for new faculty members, I can assure you that anyone in academia who reads and discusses this book will learn something new.   The author Herb Childress acknowledges that he has tripped over almost every possible misunderstood term, run up against every arcane practice, and has developed strategies to deal with them all. He combines current data and personal stories into memorable definitions of 150 key phrases and concepts faculty need to know (or pretend to know) as they navigate their academic careers. From "ABD" to "buyout," to "FERPA”, "gray literature, " and "soft money", it all becomes clear(er) with helpful definitions combined with plenty of relevant advice.
CSWF has a limited number of copies to share.  No RSVP needed.

RUSSIAN CLUB PHILANTHROPIC BALLET
The Russian Club at UCF works in our community and school to increase cultural awareness and involvement. The biggest event for the last five years is the philanthropic ballet, which Russian Club hosts at the University of Central Florida to benefit the Ukrainian Down Syndrome Organization. This organization's mission is to improve the quality of life and create a new future for people with Down Syndrome in Ukraine. Russian Club is hosting this event to raise funds for this organization. The ballet performance of Don Quixote will be performed by the Russian Ballet of Orlando on February 26th, 2017, in the Pegasus Ballroom of UCF's Student Union at 5:00. Tickets are by donation and all proceeds will go toward the Ukrainian Down Syndrome Organization.  The event will include musical performances and a silent auction as well. 
Additionally, our students raise funds each year themselves to go towards their study abroad trip to Russia in June. Your donation, of any amount, is going to make a significant difference in the lives of all the students. You can do it online:https://www.gofundme.com/ballet-for-ukraine-down-syndrome?r=61143

FACULTY WRITING CLUB SPRING 2017
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!

NOTE ABOUT LISTSERV ANNOUNCEMENT SUBMISSIONS
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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