January - Week 5

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,

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, February 1st
SoTL Award Workshop—10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 2nd
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Gold Strike! Opportunities – Surveying the GEP Student Experience through Data Mining—11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205. See details below.
Team-Based Learning: How to Apply TBL to Your Course Regardless of Size—3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205. See details below.

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

Gold Strike! Opportunities – Surveying the GEP Student Experience through Data Mining
Thursday, February 2, 11:30 – 12:30
Is your class feeling more like a mining dud than a gold strike? That no matter how deep you dig, your results keep coming up empty despite obvious depositories within reach? Mining the student experience will help you explore ways to strike it rich with your pedagogy – to shine a light on the data and feedback that exists but educators can overlook. Have you ever considered evaluating the dynamic of your class by where students are in their degree progress or the major they are in? Have you viewed the effectiveness of your teaching by what it DOESN’T accomplish? What if you could pick tools to intervene and tunnel into a problem before student learning caved in? Come discuss how to sample your students and their available data then leverage those perspective to improve your class and General Education at UCF. Bring your GTAs for an immersive conversation and learning experience. To RSVP for this workshop email fctl@ucf.edu.

Team-Based Learning: How to Apply TBL to Your Course Regardless of Size
February 2, 2017, 3:00 – 4:00
Team-based learning is "a special form of small group learning using a specific sequence of individual work, group work, and immediate feedback to create a motivational framework in which students increasingly hold each other accountable for coming to class prepared and contributing to discussion" (Sweet, 2010). Team-based learning can be applied to classes of any size, and is particularly effective in larger courses. If you would like to learn more about implementing team-based learning in your class, please attend this workshop with an idea for a course topic that you would like to apply to TBL.

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).

Interested in STEM Education but need motivation to keep up with the research? The STEM Education Research reading group will be meeting to discuss and reflect on recent literature. Our first meeting will be Friday February 2nd from 12-1pm in the chemistry conference room in Physical Sciences room 255.  Contact Erin Saitta (Erin.Saitta@ucf.edu) or Jackie Chini (Jacquelyn.Chini@ucf.edu) for more information including the current readings. Anyone is welcome to attend and feel free to bring your lunch!

Registration is required for all workshops. Please RSVP here.

Hispanic Serving Institutions: An Introduction
w/ Office of Diversity and Inclusion 
February 7, 2017
Global 101
*DEU Credit for SDES

Latino Beyond Reel (Documentary Viewing)
w/ Office of Diversity and Inclusion & Nicholson School of Communication
February 27, 2017
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
Student Union 223

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/

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.

The Citizen Curator Project of Central Florida
Sponsored by the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the Citizen Curator Project of Central Florida invites students, artists, activists, educators, and members of the community to use the unique materials found at our local museums, libraries, and archives to curate exhibits 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. No previous experience with curating is required. Please visit http://www.cah.ucf.edu/citizencurator/ for more information. Please contact citizencurator@cah.ucf.edu with any questions.

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.

With Women’s History Month approaching, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion wants to make sure we honor UCF women who are creating brighter futures, taking a stand, or contributing to a more feminist world. We’re looking to create a series of posters showcasing the accomplishments of women faculty, staff, and/or alumni who have made a difference in the UCF community or in their line of work. Submit names and contact information to Karen.Morrison@ucf.edu by February 15th, 2017, and be sure to follow us for updates on UCF Women’s History Month events at diversity.ucf.edu/events/womens-history-month/.

Monday, Jan 30, 2017, Noon – 1:00pm. FCTL Room 205, Classroom Building 1.  A Conversation to Encourage Women to apply and receive UCF TIP Award. UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty and UCF Women’s and Gender Studies invite you to an informal conversation with TIP award faculty winners from previous years. They will provide tips on how to better prepare your application for the 2017 TIP award (due February 15, 2017). Faculty will have their winning portfolios available for display and discussion. No RSVP needed.

Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, FCTL Classroom Building 1, Room 205. UCF Women Faculty Author Panel.  An informal discussion on how to have your books published, negotiating book contracts, and how to write a strong proposal to have your book published.  Panelists:  Melody Bowdon, Associate Dean, College of Undergraduate Studies Executive Director, Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning, and Professor, Writing & Rhetoric, College of Arts & Humanities; Lisa Nalbone, Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, College of Arts & Humanities; Deborah Beidel, Pegasus Professor, Associate Chair for Research, Director UCF RESTORES, Department of Psychology, College of Sciences; Yovanna Pineda, Associate Professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Humanities.  No RSVP needed.

Friday, Feb 3, 2017, Noon – 1:00pm, FCTL Room 205, Classroom Building 1. Being a Mom on the Tenure-Track: Finding a Path to Success.  We will host a one-hour panel presentation comprised of 4-6 women faculty who have successfully achieved tenure or are on the tenure-track at UCF while raising young (below the age of 10) children. The panel will occur on campus during lunch and all UCF faculty will be invited (not just pre-tenured women with children). The goal of the panel will be for these women to share: 1) the challenges they faced while trying to achieve tenure, 2) the strategies they employed to cope with these challenges, and 3) recommendations for how UCF faculty and administration can better support women faculty who are both mothers and on the tenure-track.  CSWF 2017 Faculty Fellows: Beatriz Reyes-Foster, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, College of Sciences; Pamela Wisniewski, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, College of Engineering and Computer Science.  No RSVP needed.

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.

The MOSAIC program for underrepresented faculty and staff is having a health and wellness/laughter yoga workshop led by Dr. Ann Shillingford-Butler and Coralis Solomon that will be held Feb. 3 at 9 am in the Thompson Training Room of the Barbara Ying Center on campus. Please join us, it is open to everyone!

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.

Faculty Spotlight View Other Award Winners

Dima Nazzal
College of Engineering and Computer Science Dima Nazzal I believe that to be most effective as an instructor, one must create a welcoming environment that is interactive, collaborative, and promotes problem-solving. The environment should encourage students to present their ideas and opinions while respecting others’ points of view. I like to continuously explor...

Alice Noblin
College of Health and Public Affairs Alice Noblin I often utilize project-based learning so Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) students are able to apply concepts to “real world” scenarios. This type of application allows me to ascertain the student‘s true understanding of important HIIM concepts. This type of experience also ...

Karen Verkler
College of Education Karen  Verkler I believe that content area instruction is of secondary importance. Of utmost importance is the establishment of a caring, positive learning environment in which the student is encouraged to believe in himself/herself and to demonstrate self-respect and respect for others. In addition, I adamantly espou...