January - Week 3

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.
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, January 18th
Undergraduate Research: Resources Available and Effective Mentoring Practices—3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, Room 205

Thursday, January 19th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, January 20th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Undergraduate Research: Resources Available and Effective Mentoring Practices—1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, Room 205

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 Wednesday 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 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).

As faculty members advance in their careers, they need new skills and strategies for managing and leading complex academic initiatives. Higher education institutions provide faculty members with programs to support prospective academic leaders with the resources they need to guide colleagues, units, and committees through change.

This call invites scholars to highlight, examine, and theorize successful faculty leadership development programs and initiatives. Authors might consider best practices implemented or in process on their campuses along with challenges or opportunities involved with engaging faculty and academic administration in faculty leadership development.

Framing questions can include but are not limited to:

  • What are the current and evolving needs among faculty developers organizing leadership-focused programming?
  • What do you envision faculty leadership development looking like in the future?
  • How might faculty leadership development programs incorporate or build upon existing or popular leadership, personality, or self assessments?
  • How might we prioritize faculty leadership development programming offerings?
  • What new practices are evolving to best meet faculty leadership development needs?

See http://newforums.com/jfd/cfps/cfp321/ for the full call and submission instructions.

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.

Authentic Leadership and Self-Care with Tanya Williams
January 26th, 2017 from 1:30-3:30pm in Teaching Academy 130
Save the date for this nationally recognized speaker as she discusses the balance between leading and sustaining ourselves as leaders.
Space is limited, must register in advance on MyUCF. This course is eligible for Inclusion Champion elective credit.

Two new awards were launched recently to recognize and celebrate the best ideas from across the university to help us reach many of the goals laid out in the Collective Impact Strategic Plan. Both new awards aim to seek out big ideas that will bend our future, with opportunities for faculty and staff to win prizes of $500, $1,000, or $2,500!

The first, the Marchioli Collective Impact Ideation Award Competition, is crowd-sourcing the best NEW ideas from faculty and staff across UCF to help reach the goals in the Collective Impact Strategic Plan. The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 3.

The second, the Marchioli Collective Impact Innovation Award, is seeking nominations for faculty and staff whose work is already helping to advance these goals. The nomination deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 31.

For more information on both of these awards, and to submit your idea or nomination, visit www.ucf.edu/strategic-planning.

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.

From professional development presentations to short quizzes and flyers, there’s a lot of useful content for students as they continue along their path to graduation. This is meant to particularly serve students who cannot visit the Career Services office in person, or for a busy student who doesn’t have the time to come see them. Benefits include:

  • Faculty and Staff members will have quick and easy access to materials that will assist in the professional development of their students
  • Useful for implementing the Ready, Set, Work College Challenge initiative into classroom curriculum and different student-facing programming
  • Career Services direct support

Click here to get started https://webcourses.ucf.edu/enroll/KC89MY

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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Iryna Malendevych
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Rudy McDaniel
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