March - Week 1

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 to let us know so we’ll have enough materials, etc., available. Also: the Faculty Center can offer one-on-one or small group consultations with Adobe Student Ambassadors who have expertise with creativity tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, InDesign, and more. If you are interested in learning about how to use these tools, please contact us. Finally, please note that the process for applying for a SoTL award has changed this year. As we move to a digital application system, it is necessary for each faculty member planning to apply to let her or his college dean’s office know in advance of submission. This will allow Faculty Excellence to create all the necessary permissions for the system. The awards will, as usual, be recommended by a university committee including a representative from each college. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about any of these matters.  

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 for information and assistance.

Monday, March 6th
Workshop: Creating an Inclusive Learning Climate—9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205. See details below.

Tuesday, March 7th
Workshop: Reusing and Remixing Open Licensed Materials—1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205. See details below.

Wednesday, March 8th
Workshop: Reusing and Remixing Open Licensed Materials—2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205. See details below.

Thursday, March 9th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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

Creating an Inclusive Learning Climate
Monday, March 6, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Although intangible, climate may be one of the most important predictors of students' learning experience in the classroom, and in an increasingly global world, it is more important than ever to ensure that the climates we are creating in the classroom are inclusive of everyone. Attend this workshop to learn why climate is so important and what steps you can take to purposively shape yours into an environment that promotes learning for everyone.

Reusing and Remixing Open Licensed Materials
Tuesday, March 7, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Meet with UCF faculty who have implemented a reused and remixed open educational resource. Learn how to use and alter open source material to fit your needs, with attention to factors such as licensing, derivative works, accessibility, and sources to promote active learning and student engagement. Dr. Jim Clark adopted an OER textbook that replaced his previous textbook. Topics addressed are quality, customization, and supplemental materials. Dr. Kelvin Thompson replaced his textbook with a variety of OERs, library source material, and instructor created material. Topics addressed are quality, copyright, and presentation to students.

Reusing and Remixing Open Licensed Materials
Wednesday, March 8, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Meet with UCF faculty who have implemented a reused and remixed open educational resource. Learn how to use and alter open source material to fit your needs, with attention to factors such as licensing, derivative works, accessibility, and sources to promote active learning and student engagement. Dr. Christian Beck worked with librarians and instructional designers to determine if the same textbook content was available through other avenues. Topics addressed are copyright, customization, and presentation to students.

Dr. Saundra McGuire will be returning to UCF on March 21st to give a presentation for faculty in TA 130 from 10:30 to 12:00:
Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades: Metacognition is the Key!
21st-century students come to college with widely varying academic skills, approaches to learning, and motivation levels.  Faculty often lament that students are focused on achieving high grades, but are not willing to invest much time or effort in learning.  This session will focus on the importance of helping students acquire simple, but effective learning strategies based on cognitive science principles.  We will engage in interactive reflection activities that will allow attendees to experience strategies that significantly improve learning while transforming student attitudes about the meaning of learning.

RSVP for events online:

March 9th
Becoming Transhuman: A Roadmap for Augmenting Cognition in the 21st Century
Stephen M. Fiore, PhD, Department of Philosophy and Institute for Simulation & Training
The 21st century presents a profound paradox for scientific research.  On the one hand, we’ve been witness to exponential growth in understanding across scholarly disciplines coupled with technological advances allowing for nearly ubiquitous access to data, information, and knowledge. On the other hand, the cognitive and collaborative capacity of humans has not advanced at nearly the same pace. In short, there is a problematic asymmetry between the rapid advances in science and technology and the relatively glacial pace of evolution in human cognition. In this talk, I provide a path forward for addressing this paradox. I outline how the concept of transhumanism, made possible by developments in the cognitive sciences, can be adapted to augment collaborative cognition and help us solve some of the most challenging societal problems in the coming decades. I describe how advances in cognitive engineering and computer science, coupled with technology developments in augmented cognition and brain-computer interface, provide the potential for significant gains in cognition.

Registration is required. Please RSVP here.

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

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 at

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:  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:   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.

Monday, Mar 6, 2017, Noon – 1:00pm, FCTL Classroom Building 1, Room 205.  Publish or Parent? Managing Research Productivity for Early Career Faculty with Young Children.  This workshop will describe what we know works and doesn’t work regarding time management, networking, research and writing skills, and productivity, all while balancing the demands of parenting. The current literature around the specific issue of female faculty and their career trajectories will be addressed, although this workshop would be appropriate for either sex. Participants will not only leave with strategies that can help them boost their research productivity, but will have the opportunity to network with colleagues from around campus that are experiencing the same challenges.  CSWF 2017 Faculty Fellow:  Yara Asi, Lecturer, Health Management and Informatics, College of Health and Public Affairs.

WomanFest 2017 on Tuesday March 7 from 10:30 a.m-3 p.m.
WomanFest is a celebration of women’s rights and activism to honor Women’s History Month sponsored by the UCF Women's and Gender Studies Program. The event will feature a panel of speakers from AAUW-Winter Park discussing women’s leadership, an open mic event focused on feminist intersectionality, and a ‘zine workshop and display of electronic and special collection ‘zines created by UCF students. Please join us for any or all events to be held on Tuesday, March 7th 10:30am-3pm in LIB RM223.

10:30-11:45 AAUW Panel
12:00-1:15 Open Mic
1:30-2:45 Zine workshop

Write an article for Illuminations
Illuminations is a newsletter about UCF faculty, published by the UCF Libraries. We feature faculty and their research/scholarship, but in an informal way. Our faculty do great work, and we want it to be shared. You can check out old editions here: We welcome short articles on your research, examples of your work, and personal essays. Submissions are due March 31st, and can be emailed to

Are you interested in helping educate other students on their rights and responsibilities as University community members, facilitating an understanding of the balance between individual and community rights, and promoting a safe and inclusive atmosphere conducive to student success? Are you excited about encouraging students to embody the tenets of the UCF Creed: Integrity, Scholarship, Community, Creativity and Excellence?

The Office of Student Conduct is looking for UCF faculty/staff and student community members who are dedicated to upholding the above-mentioned principles to volunteer to serve on the 2017 - 2018 Student Conduct Review Board. The application will be available on our website until April 1, 2017.

For additional information regarding the qualifications and training of Conduct Board Members, as well as a link to the application, please visit If you need additional information, please feel free to contact Rosemarie Timothy (

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 or for more information. For questions or a complimentary copy of the book, email

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

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.

Undergraduate Research Grant (OUR Grant proposal deadline is 5pm, Friday, March 31st for summer and Friday, July 28th for fall)
Students can apply for grants of up to $500 to support research projects in collaboration with UCF faculty. Group projects may be eligible for up to $1000. A letter of recommendation from the student applicant's faculty mentor is due one week later (mentors are electronically sent this information at the time of submission). Please click the hyperlink above for more information.

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 or contact Dr. Jamil D. Johnson at

To apply:

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 to schedule at least three weeks in advance of the class.

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 and we will help to spread the word.

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