February - Week 3

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.
Monday, February 20th
Workshop: Copyright Considerations for Open Educational Resources (OER)—1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205.

Wednesday, February 22nd
Workshop: Promoting Student Engagement through Mini “Role-Immersion” Activities—2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. See details below.

Thursday, February 23rd
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Debriefing Student Engagement—12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. See details below.

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

Promoting Student Engagement through Mini “Role-Immersion” Activities
Wednesday, February 22, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Helping students connect with and engage in course content is often a challenging task and requires that faculty think "out of the box." This is especially true for those courses that students find less relevant because of their "dry" content. This workshop will provide faculty with an example of a mini "role immersion" exercise used in an undergraduate research course to help students understand concepts in research ethics. Faculty will learn how to adapt this type of active learning strategy to any course without compromising needed course time for other content. Learning objectives, the mini "role immersion" protocol and student character roles will be shared.

Debriefing Student Engagement
Thursday, February 23, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Strategies will be presented for engaging students in conversation and reflection on learning practices and activities, including image-based dialogues and prompts, simple games, and other debriefing methods.
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).

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 myUCF and 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.

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

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.

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.

OPPORTUNITY:  Fourth Annual LIFE @ UCF Award for Women Faculty to Celebrate Our Role in Promoting President Hitt’s Strategic Goals, with 2017 Awards for UCF Women Faculty Excellence in Academic Partnerships.   UCF is trademarked as America’s Partnership University.  To celebrate the role that women faculty have played in this achievement, we will hold a reception in March and announce the winners of the Life @ UCF Women Faculty Excellence in Academic Partnerships Awards.  With thanks to Life @ UCF for funding, we want to honor women faculty who have established and are currently running academic partnerships, especially within the central Florida region. We hope to celebrate partnerships with pre-K through high schools; other institutions of higher education; non-governmental organizations; local, regional, state and federal agencies; businesses and industries, just to name a few. We expect to celebrate partnerships that are as diverse as our faculty and their interests.  These academic partnerships must be current and related to your teaching, research and/or scholarship at UCF.  Partnerships can be formal (i.e. includes a memorandum of understanding) or informal (e.g. service-learning project with local school); they can also be funded or unfunded. Application deadline is 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 24th. For the complete application, please visit our website at http://womenfaculty.afia.ucf.edu/

CSWF 2017 Summer Conference Track – Application:   CSWF is now accepting applications for our track for the 2017 Summer Faculty Development Conference to be held from May 8 – 11, 2017.  Everyone needs to dedicate some time to thinking, learning and acting on topics that matter most to your professional development regardless of your career stage.  Our track will provide you with this time and space.  Our plan is to collaboratively improve our: curriculum vitas, summary/personal statements for awards/promotions, negotiation skills, roadmap our futures, better understand micro-aggressions and implicit bias, better understand women faculty’s definition of success, plus many additional career-life balance issues.  Dr. Menah Pratt-Clarke, JD, PhD, Vice President for Strategic Affairs and Vice Provost for Inclusion and Diversity at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, will be our track’s guest speaker on May 9.  Dr. Pratt-Clark will be discussing implicit bias, micro-aggressions and bystander intervention skills. Priority acceptance for proposals is 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 24th. Faculty participants receive $800 for full conference participation. For the complete application, please visit our website at http://womenfaculty.afia.ucf.edu/

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

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.

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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