January - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Welcome to Spring 2017. Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.
Have a good week,
For more details, or to apply to any of the activities listed below, please see http://fctl.ucf.edu/Events/FacultyDevelopmentCohorts/.
Open Educational Resources (OERs) Course Innovation Project
The Faculty Center and Center for Distributed Learning is seeking 5-10 faculty members to participate in an Open Educational Resources (OERs) Course Innovation Project. In this cohort, faculty will learn strategies to find, reuse, remix, create, and share OERs within copyright and fair use guidelines, with an emphasis on student engagement and active learning. Participants will enhance at least one of their courses with OERs.
Engaging Pedagogies that Improve Student Performance Course Innovation Project
The Faculty Center will host a Course Innovation Project for up to 15 participants who will transform a course by incorporating one or more engaging approaches to teaching and learning.  Engaging pedagogies include most inductive and student-focused approaches such as active learning, contemplative/reflective practice, universal design for learning, diversity and inclusion, assessment for learning, gaming or gamification, team-based or cooperative learning, and case- or scenario-based teaching.  While engagement does not guarantee student learning, we will focus on evidence-based practices that correlate highly.
Writing a Journal Article in Twelve Weeks Faculty Development Cohort
Do you have trouble finding the time to work on your writing? Do you have the beginnings of an article that you would like to develop for publication? If so, you are invited to apply for the Spring 2017 Faculty Center Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks workshop. 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 to make time for research and writing in the midst of their other various professional and personal obligations. It is also designed to help participants make and meet weekly goals. Faculty writers will work over twelve weeks during the spring term to revise an existing piece of writing (conference paper, chapter, unpublished draft, etc.), to identify publishing venues, and to submit the finished product for publication.
Minds Online
Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology by Michelle D. Miller. Faculty members who teach in web-enhanced, mixed-mode, or online modalities are invited to join us for a discussion on cognition and technology-aided approaches to teaching. This book club is co-hosted by the Faculty Center and the Center for Distributed Learning. Meetings will be held on February 8, February 22, March 8, March 22, and April 5 at noon in the Faculty Center. If you are interested in participating, email anna.turner@ucf.edu. The first ten respondents who sign up to participate will receive a free copy of the book.
Minds on Fire
Minds on Fire: How-Role Immersion Games Transform College by Mark C. Carnes (2014). This study is based on interviews with students and faculty who participated in the pedagogical innovation “Reacting to the Past,” which began at Barnard College (https://reacting.barnard.edu/). Several faculty members at UCF are already implementing these ideas in their courses and are reporting very high levels of student engagement. Our meetings will be held in the Faculty Center (CB1-207) from 12:00 – 1:00 on the following Fridays: January 27, February 10, February 24, March 10, and March 31. If you are interested in participating, email eric.main@ucf.edu. The first ten respondents who sign up will receive a free copy of the book.
Disability Aesthetics
Join Assistant Professor of Art History and Faculty Fellow, Keri Watson, in discussion of Tobin Seiber’s Disability Aesthetics (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2010), which explores the hidden role that disability plays in modern art. Disability Aesthetics argues that the essential arguments at the heart of the American culture wars in the late twentieth century involved the rejection of disability both by targeting certain artworks as “sick” and by characterizing these artworks as representative of a sick culture. It also tracks the seminal role of National Socialism in perceiving the powerful connection between modern art and disability. Our meetings will be held in the Faculty Center (CB1-207) from 12:00 – 1:00 on the following Tuesdays: January 24, February 7, February 21, March 7, March 21, April 4, and April 18. If you are interested in participating, email fctl@ucf.edu. The first ten respondents who sign up will receive a free copy of the book.
The Faculty Center organizes a Faculty Learning Community for adjuncts each semester. The meetings are informal discussions about teaching and learning issues, and provide attendees with the chance to meet part-time faculty from other disciplines. In this FLC, we will focus on several effective teaching and learning strategies. The adjunct FLC will meet four times over the fall semester, and adjunct faculty who attend all four sessions and successfully complete the deliverables will receive a $200 grant. The deliverables will be:

  • Revise at least one lecture or course presentation to embed multiple learning activities
  • Revise one assignment for greater transparency of expectations
  • Revise your syllabus for greater transparency as an aid to learning

The meetings will be held on Thursday evenings (1/25, 2/22, 3/22, and 4/12) from 6:00-8:00 in CL1-205 (main campus). We will accept the first ten applicants. To register, please send the following information to fctl@ucf.edu: 1) your name, 2) your department.

The Office of the QEP is sponsoring a Digital Storytelling Workshop in spring 2017. The goal is to educate faculty on how to integrate digital storytelling into their curricula.

Lisa Peterson, associate instructor in the SVAD Film program, will be conducting the workshop here at UCF on five consecutive Friday mornings (Jan 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, and 24). The sessions will run from 9:00am until 11:00am. Participants who complete the workshop will receive $400.00.

Digital storytelling is the creation of a brief narrative using digital technologies to combine voice, videos, images, music, interviews, graphics, and other electronic content to tell a story. Digital narratives allow the creator to reflect upon and analyze something of true importance to the filmmaker.

Digital storytelling is also a way to develop integrative learning across curricula, thus achieving the following QEP student learning outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to reflect critically on past experiences and to envision a future self that builds on these experiences.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to persuasively articulate knowledge, experiences, skills, and qualifications to diverse audiences both within and beyond the university.

Assignments that incorporate digital storytelling can provide a potent tool for students that capitalizes on their creative talents as they begin to research and tell their own stories, while analyzing and synthesizing their work for presentation to the world. It’s a process that sharpens the storyteller’s awareness of who they are and what they value. This knowledge is essential for students’ successful professional and civic preparation.

During the workshop sessions participants will learn to tell a digital story by making their own personal essay film. Technical support will be provided. Faculty then can integrate digital storytelling assignments into their curricula, and, ideally, can help teach colleagues about how to use this tool in their courses.

Space for participation in the workshop is very limited. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, but should be emailed to Lisa.Peterson@ucf.edu no later than January 6, 2017. To apply to participate in the workshop, please send a brief statement (no more than 200 words) describing which of your courses might be candidates for the inclusion of digital storytelling assignments.

Need Help With Your Research and Scholarship? Post a Position!
OUR hosts the Undergraduate Research Position Database, where faculty can post position openings. Positions can be through structured UCF programs, independent projects, or general research and academic scholarship support. To make a posting, go to https://our.ucf.edu/research-positions, select “Post,” and login.
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 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.   

Request a Mentoring Report
Have you mentored student researchers? Request a report on all documented students who you mentored since 2009. Email our@ucf.edu.
Dissemination Opportunities for Student Scholars
Florida Undergraduate Research Conference(FURC; Abstracts due Jan 11, Event Feb 24-25). FURC provides undergraduates with a forum to present their work off-campus. Funding is available to student to attend the conference.   
Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence(SURE; Abstracts due Feb 10, Event April 6). The Showcase is UCF’s signature event for undergraduates to share research, scholarship, and creative work. This poster forum allows students to present current and recently completed research and creative project to the university community.

Undergraduate Research: Resources Available and Effective Mentoring Practices
Interested in mentoring undergraduates through research and academic scholarship? Or are you currently working with undergraduates and want to know about the UCF resources? Please join us for this workshop to discuss the programs available for undergraduate researchers and best practices for mentoring them through the experience. Classroom Building 1, room 205, on Wednesday, January 18th, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or Friday, January 20th, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

UCF Excellence Awards: A Conversation to Encourage Women to Apply for the UCF Excellence Awards (Teaching, Advising, Professional Service & Research) on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, CNH (Colbourn Hall) Room 401, 1:00 – 1:45pm – presentations and 1:45 – 2:30pm – portfolios

UCF Women’s and Gender Studies and UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty are pleased to present our annual "Informal conversations with past winners of Excellence Awards." Past winners will provide tips on how to better prepare your application for the 2017 Excellence Awards for Teaching, Research, Professional Advising and Service. Come and learn how to become the next winner.

A new competition is crowd-sourcing the best ideas from faculty and staff across UCF to help reach the goals in the Collective Impact Strategic Plan – with a chance to win three prizes, worth up to $2,500!

To enter the Marchioli Collective Impact Ideation Award Competition, review the strategic plan and its priority metrics. Then, develop an idea that addresses a priority metric and strategy outlined in the plan with an explanation of why it would work and submit online by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3. To learn more and to enter, visit www.ucf.edu/strategic-planning. Contact lisa.jones@ucf.edu if you have any questions.

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.

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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