February - Week 4

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.

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, March 2nd
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, March 3rd
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

INTRODUCING ADOBE SOFTWARE SUPPORT
Interested in learning to use Adobe creativity software for a project? The Faculty Center can offer one-on-one consultations with Adobe Student Ambassadors to help you use software including Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, InDesign, and more. Send us an e-mail (fctl@ucf.edu) to let us know about your multimedia project and what kind of software help you’re looking for.

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 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.

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

NEWS FROM FACULTY EXCELLENCE
The Office of Faculty Excellence will be hosting several vendors on March 9 to demo their faculty reporting systems (systems that will support, among other functions, annual evaluation reports).  There will be concurrent 20-minute demos throughout the day in Global 101 (rooms A-C).  Please mark your calendar and contact Faculty Excellence with questions.
Faculty COACHE Innovation Awards.  These awards support innovation exploration and development by providing faculty with one course release to allow focused time to work on the project. This innovative project is intentionally broad and may be related to research, curricular, engagement, partnerships, or other areas. The awards, however, are not research seed grant funds. Rather, they are specifically designed to be awards of time, providing faculty specifically with time away from teaching to have dedicated time to work on their innovative idea.  Applications are due by April 6.  http://facultyexcellence.ucf.edu/coache-innovation-awards/

Applications are now being accepted for Provost Fellows and Office of Faculty Excellence Faculty Fellows.  The Provost Faculty Fellow Program is designed to develop leadership skills at the university level for UCF’s most accomplished faculty. It is anticipated that two Provost Faculty Fellows will be selected for 2017-2018.  Information can be found here:  https://facultyexcellence.ucf.edu/provost-faculty-fellows-program/  The Office of Faculty Excellence Faculty Fellow Program is a new faculty Fellow program designed to provide faculty leadership opportunities within the Office of Faculty Excellence.  These fellows will work on specific and ongoing initiatives and launch new initiatives through the Office of Faculty Excellence. It is anticipated that up to two Office of Faculty Excellence Faculty Fellows will be selected for 2017-2018.  Information can be found here:  https://facultyexcellence.ucf.edu/faculty-fellow-program/   Applications for either fellows program must be submitted by faculty to their college deans/unit heads no later than April 8 with complete applications due to the Office of Faculty Excellence no later than April 12.  Note that no more than two applications for each fellows program can be forwarded from each college/unit.

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.

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND COMMERCIALIZATION MENTORING OPPORTUNITY
The ORC Research Mentoring  is intended to increase the probability of success for research funding for junior researchers by pairing UCF senior researchers and junior researchers in a mentoring relationship. A total of $3,000 will be awarded to the senior researcher. Proposals are due April 15, 2017.  For more information, go to http://www.research.ucf.edu/documents/PDF/ORC_Mentorship_Program_for_Researchers.pdf.

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 OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
“Be You” Storytelling with UCF Physics professor Dr. Enrique del Barco: Feb. 28th 12-1pm in Global UCF room 101ABC. “The idea behind service learning is that when you teach, you learn.” Come hear about Dr. del Barco’s commitment to include the most diverse population of students in STEM fields and in scientific research.

Women’s History Month at UCF kicks off March 1st and  several departments at UCF have compiled a full calendar of exciting, inspiring events. We hope to see you there!

  • More Than a Woman Opening Event hosted by MSC: 3/1 at 12pm in SU 316A
  • International Women’s Day Student Panel hosted by ODI and Global Perspectives: 3/6 at 12:30pm in Global UCF room 101ABC
  • Women’s Studies and UCF Library’s First Annual WomanFest: 3/7 in UCF Library room 223; 10:30-11:45am AAUW Panel, 12-1:15pm Open Mic, 1:30-2:45pm Zine workshop
  • Olympic Gold Medalist and Survivor Kayla Harrison: 3/21 at 3pm in SU room 316ABCD
  • UN Ambassador and Actress Mira Sorvino: 3/23 at 3pm in SU 316CD
  • Equal Pay Day: April 4 in the Student Union Atrium – Group photo at 4pm at the Reflecting Pond, WEAR RED!

Don’t miss the daily honoring of student leaders by the LEAD Scholars Academy. Check out our website for the full calendar!

NEWS FROM THE CENTER FOR SUCCESS OF WOMEN FACULTY
Monday, Feb 27, 2017, Noon – 1:00pm, FCTL Classroom Building 1, Room 205.  Achieving wellness: A workshop for busy professional women interested in healthy lifestyle. In this workshop, we will provide an overview of lifestyle recommendations for wellness and preventing chronic diseases, as well as we will discuss methods for achieving and maintaining healthy lifestyle. In addition, we will provide the attendees with hand-on experience in setting their own healthy lifestyle goals, and assist them in developing strategies to achieve those goals. CSWF 2017 Faculty Fellows: Magdalena Pasarica MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical Education Department, UCF College of Medicine;  Denise Kay, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Medical Education Department, UCF College of Medicine.  No RSVP needed.

Friday, Mar 3, 2017, Noon – 1:00pm, FCTL Classroom Building 1, Room 205. The Role of Women Faculty in Civic Engagement. This workshop is designed to expose women faculty to the different opportunities for social activism and civic engagement to assist them in working with women and people of disenfranchised groups in context of the research, and service required of an academic position.  Workshop Goals: After completion of this workshop, women faculty in attendance will have a better knowledge of the following:  Opportunities to research gender equity within different fields of academic study; Opportunities for women faculty to engage in community groups and organizations that advance the rights and opportunities for women at the local, state, and national level; Opportunities to engage students from each individual discipline (undergraduate and graduate) through research, activism or the development of student groups.  CSWF 2017 Faculty Fellow:  Melanie Sberna Hinojosa, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Sciences.  No RSVP needed.

Month-long celebration of Women’s History Month!  Please visit our website where we will introduce you to 31 (one each day) amazing UCF women faculty and staff who are shaping UCF’s future!  http://womenfaculty.afia.ucf.edu/

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE
The Office of First Year Experience is currently hiring SLS 1501 faculty for Summer B ‘17, Fall ‘17, and Spring ‘18.

SLS 1501 Faculty:
The SLS 1501 Program is accepting applications for 2017-2018 Adjunct Faculty. SLS 1501 is a 3-credit elective course designed to assist students in transitioning to the University and collegiate life.  The course helps students build a strong academic foundation by developing important life and study skills, while investigating services and resources UCF has to offer.  In a small classroom setting, SLS 1501 helps students reflect upon why they are in college and how they will succeed.

SLS 1501 Adjunct Faculty have an important role in building the self-efficacy, as well as strengthening the academic and career pathways of students. The application deadline is Monday, March 6, 2017. For more information or questions about this opportunity, please visit http://fye.sdes.ucf.edu/sls or contact Dr. Jamil D. Johnson at jamil.johnson@ucf.edu.

To apply: http://bit.ly/SLS_App.

GUEST LECTURER AVAILABLE FOR UCF STRATEGIC PLANNING COURSES
Do you teach a graduate course or upper-level undergraduate course on strategic planning? If so, Dr. Lisa Jones, Professor of Education and Associate Provost for Strategy and Special Assistant to the President, is available to serve as guest lecturer.  During the session, she will provide students with information on the multi-level, multi-faceted strategic planning process that UCF employed to develop its new Collective Impact Strategic Plan. More specifically, she discusses topics like planning committee structure, mixed method environmental scanning, stakeholder engagement, prioritizing key issues, strategic goals and accountability metrics, as well as other aspects of strategic planning. She further shares how UCF is institutionalizing and implementing the plan. Half of the class time is dedicated to engaging in dialogue with students and answering their questions.  She recently served as guest lecturer for Dr. Greg Buckingham’s PAD 6335- Strategic Planning and Management class. Dr. Buckingham said, "Dr. Jones provided an authentic example to students on strategic planning by discussing the UCF strategic plan. All the key concepts in class were discussed in an applied fashion and students appreciated the tangible example!"

If you would like Dr. Jones to serve as guest lecturer for your strategic planning course, then please contact Ms. Ashley Connors at Ashley.connors@ucf.edu to schedule at least three weeks in advance of the class.

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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