July - Week 5

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Please contact a member of our staff if you’d like to talk about preparing your courses for the fall semester.
Have a great 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, August 3rd
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, August 4th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Statewide Symposium: Best Practices in Undergraduate Research (October 27 & 28, 2017)
Registration is now open for the 10th Annual Florida Statewide Symposium: Best Practices in Undergraduate Research.  We invite you to attend, present and participate in panel discussions.  The deadline for submissions is September 8th.  New this year, limited registration funds are available to UCF attendees who are presenting at the symposium through What’s Next, UCF’s QEP.  Contact our@ucf.edu for details.

Is your undergraduate traveling to present at a conference?
Students accepted as primary or secondary presenters to conferences (in-state, national, or international) are eligible for OUR Student Travel Awards. These awards will provide up to $400 for domestic travel and $500 for international travel, and up to $1000 for group travel. See our website for more details: https://our.ucf.edu/opportunities/travel.php
 
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 are 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. 

NEWS FROM FACULTY EXCELLENCE
Faculty Excellence Advisory Committee
The goal of the Faculty Excellence Advisory Committee is to provide input, recommendations and feedback on various Faculty Excellence initiatives with the purpose of strengthening UCF faculty and assisting Faculty Excellence in fulfilling its quest. This year, the Advisory Committee will be organized around four subcommittees, each of which will focus on one of the following types of initiatives: Inclusivity, Mid-Career Faculty Support, Work-Life Balance, and General Faculty Excellence. Full‐time faculty members of all ranks and types are invited to apply by Sept. 7.

Scroll and Quill Society
The Scroll and Quill Society recognizes outstanding achievement in research and creative activities. The 2017-18 application period is now open for all UCF faculty members who have maintained continuous full-time faculty appointment at UCF since August 2007. Apply online by Sept. 22
Straight Talk - What Happens After I Submit my Dossier?
Specific sessions focus on the topics of gauging your readiness to apply, developing an effective dossier, and intentionally managing the process. This session will focus on the following: how the process works; intentionally managing the promotion process; developing responses to committee reviews, as needed; and establishing a support network. 
Speaker: Dr. Jana Jasinski. Audience: Assistant and Associate Professors. When: August 23, 2017, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Location: UCF Global 101. Contact: facultyexcellence@ucf.edu or 407-823-1113.

Faculty Excellence Communities
Faculty Excellence is offering three mentoring communities this fall as an effort to strengthen our faculty:
The Center for Success of Women Faculty Mentoring Community helps foster a proactive and supportive network for women across disciplines and academic ranks. Applications are due electronically no later than 5 p.m. on Aug. 25. 
The Non-Tenure Earning Communities provide professional development for faculty members who have been in a non-tenure earning position at UCF for at least three years. Applications are due electronically no later than 5 p.m. on Sept. 1.
The Associate Professor Mentoring Communities are small, peer-directed groups of tenured associate professors designed to engage participants in career planning and advancement. Applications are due electronically no later than 5 p.m. on Sept. 8.

TOPR: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The editorial board of the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR) is pleased to announce a call for submissions for new TOPR entries from now until September 15, 2017. Selected entries will be announced in October 2017. Please explore the newly redesigned site (http://topr.online.ucf.edu) and consider submitting an entry using the submission form at: http://bit.ly/topr_submission 

This peer-reviewed scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) resource is emerging as a go-to destination for faculty/designers in search of ideas for online and blended courses. Each entry is highly focused on one teaching practice with a solid description, concrete example(s), relevant professional practice or research literature, and key words connecting to other practices. Please contact Baiyun Chen (baiyun.chen@ucf.edu) or Aimee deNoyelles (aimee@ucf.edu) with any questions.

FACULTY WRITING CLUB SUMMER 2017
Join a faculty writing club to start your summer 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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