March - Week 3

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. The Office of the Registrar has asked me to let you know that registration for classes in the 2017-18 academic year begins March 20, 2017. Student enrollment appointments will open on that date for students with priority registration and for graduate students.   Enrollment appointments for remaining students will continue to open through March 29th.  Please encourage students to register early.  Additional information can be found at
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.

Tuesday, March 21st
Guest Presentation: Dr Saundra McGuire “Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades: Metacognition is the Key!” 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in TA 130. More info below.

Workshop: Teaching Controversial Topics—1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205. See details below.

Wednesday, March 22nd
Workshop: Using Game Design Techniques to Improve Student Engagement and Success—2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. See details below.

Thursday, March 23rd
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, March 24th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Teaching Controversial Topics
This workshop will in include discussion of ways in which faculty can address controversial topics in their classes. Also included in the workshop are the development of discussion-based teaching and the management of heated moments in the classroom.

Using Game Design Techniques to improve Student Engagement and Success
This workshop is an introduction to incorporating game design techniques in the university classroom. Faculty members with no technical knowledge can draw upon many of these techniques and use them without having an actual game in their classes. Participants will become familiar with terms such as "game-based learning" and "gamification," as well as the research of James Paul Gee. The benefits, challenges, and pitfalls of trying to incorporate some form of gaming into assignments or even an entire curriculum will also be addressed. Participants will leave the workshop with an annotated list of resources available here at UCF and on the web.

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!
TwentY-first-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.

Student consultants are UCF undergraduate or graduate students who, when requested, can provide faculty with feedback about their classes in a variety of ways. Consultants are carefully selected and trained to provide descriptive observation and work as a resource to faculty. Student consultants learn from Faculty Center staff members about how to provide objective information on classroom activities through the use of classroom observations and other services. The consultants all have an interest in supporting excellence in teaching and learning, and they receive training in pedagogy, observational techniques, and classroom data.

Our consultants have recently undergone training to observe online courses, and we’re asking for faculty volunteers to invite a consultant-in-training to observe your online class. Faculty volunteers will receive objective feedback regarding their course. The training observations will be assigned on March 28, after the student consultants have completed the online training sessions. All observations will be conducted at the convenience of the faculty member.

If you are interested in volunteering for an online training observation or if you would like more information about the SCoT program, please fill out our Qualtrics form at

Extending the Efficacy of the Learning Management System: Integrating Tools to Enhance Learning Online
The functionality of Webcourses@UCF has expanded to offer more flexibility, primarily by allowing external tools to be integrated. Please join the Center for Distributed Learning on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 1 p.m. in Library-161b to learn about how these tools can support students to succeed in online courses. Specifically, an instructor shares experiences of utilizing several integration tools within online courses.
Register now to attend face-to-face OR online at
For any questions, please contact Aimee deNoyelles at

“What’s Next?” Student Professionalism
April 3, 2017 12:00-1:30 pm
Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, CB1 Room 205
Presenters: Vicki Lavendol (Rosen College of Hospitality Management), Kathleen Hohenleitner (Department of English), and Daniel Murphree (Department of History)
Helping students connect what they are learning in the classroom to their professional goals increases student engagement and prepares them for what’s next. Learn how to incorporate professionalization assignments into any class. By the end of the session every faculty member will leave with an action plan for a professionalization assignment. Please RSVP to QEP@ucf.eduno later than March 20, 2017. Let us know if you would like to join us via Skype.

Building Research-Intensive Courses
April 12, 2017 12:15-1:45 pm
Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (CB1 Room 205)
Presenters: Kelly Allred (College of Nursing), Kevin Jardaneh (Undergraduate Research), Adam Pritchard (Department of Sociology), Mary Tripp (Department of Writing & Rhetoric), and Anna Turner (Nicholson School of Communication)
Undergraduate research is a meaningful, high-impact experience that builds problem solving skills, improves time management, and increases critical thinking. Join in an interactive session exploring research-intensive courses. Learn from and work with experienced faculty from a variety of disciplines. Strategize how to incorporate research-intensive assignments into existing courses or develop new courses. Please RSVP to QEP@ucf.eduno later than April 3, 2017.
For more information on the QEP Faculty Development Workshops click here (

Apply Now to be Considered for a QEP Faculty Fellow
The Quality Enhancement Plan is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for faculty fellows for the 2017-18 academic year. Fellows will work with the QEP to promote integrative learning through faculty outreach, student mentoring, and program development. Each fellow receives a stipend of $3000 for this year-long commitment. For more information, please visit the QEP website (, or contact Director, Dr. Anna Maria Jones (
Interested applicants should apply no later than Friday, April 7th 2017 for consideration.

Women’s History Month at UCF is winding down! Join us for Olympic Gold Medalist and Survivor Kayla Harrison: 3/21 at 3pm in SU room 316ABCD:
“Empowering Women: Persistence and Overcoming Obstacles” Kayla Harrison made history at the 2012 Olympics in London by winning the first Gold Medal by any American (man or woman) in the history of the sport of judo. Kayla’s judo career has been undeniably impressive. However, her perseverance through incredible personal struggles is truly inspiring. At the age of 16, Kayla revealed the fact that she had been for years sexually abused by her coach. Her story has captivated audiences everywhere and has been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, USA Today, Time Magazine, The Today Show, CNN, MSNBC, among many others. Kayla earned the 2012 OC Tanner Inspiration Award, The Women’s Sports Foundation’s Wilma Rudolph Courage Award; was named one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year for 2012, Boston Globe Magazine’s Bostonian of the Year, and the Boston Sportswriter’s Association Athlete of the Year.  Kayla created the Fearless Foundation to shine a light on the darkness that is child sexual abuse and to enrich the lives of survivors through education and sport. Please consider bringing items to support the Safehouse of Seminole.

UN Ambassador and Actress Mira Sorvino: 3/23 at 3pm in SU 316CD, and Equal Pay Day: April 4 in the Student Union Atrium with a group photo at 4pm at the Reflecting Pond, bring your friends and WEAR RED!

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, as part of the UCF Women’s History Month celebrations,  invites you to a UCF “Be You” Storytelling event with guest speaker Titi Aynaw: March 20th – 2:30 p.m. in Hitt Library Room 223
Ethiopian-born, orphaned at 12, former Miss Israel and life-long community advocate, Titi Aynaw has inspired girls and women around the world. She’s a successful model, former Lieutenant in the Israeli Defense Forces, student of international relations and founder of the Titi Project, helping disadvantaged children. Come hear Titi’s inspiring story of persistence, leadership, and advocacy.

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.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Noon – 1:00pm, FCTL Classroom Building 1, Room 205. Becoming Unraveled: Journaling for Self-Creation.  Women in academia have unique challenging in trying to balance the demands of teaching, research, families, kids, and yet still trying to maintain some identity beyond their roles and titles.  In this workshop we learn how to make time for sorting out one’s thinking, state of mind, feelings, intuitions, apprehensions, hopes, and responsibilities by journaling and finding the right tools for journaling. Journaling allows women to stay connected to values, goals, and emotions important to them and allows for a record of growth and processing of experiences and thoughts that often women don’t have time to do. Journaling also allows the mind to de-clutter and become more focused and attuned to problem-solving strategies.  As diarist Anais Nin writes about journaling: “Put yourself in the present. This is my principal when I wrote the diary – to write the things I felt most strongly about that day.  Start there and that starts the whole unraveling, because that has roots in the past and it has branches into the future.” This workshop will give you the opportunity to do some purposeful unraveling.  CSWF 2017 Faculty Fellow: Susan Jardaneh, Associate Lecturer, Department of English, College of Arts and Humanities.  No RSVP needed.

Come and enjoy Russian food and the friendly atmosphere of the Faculty Center. Russian Culture Night is presented by Dr. Alla Kourova, Thursday, March 30th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in CB1-205. Please RSVP to by March 24th.

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

Libraries secure 346,000 in Technology Fee Grants
Among the collections that have been purchased and are listed alphabetically on the Libraries’ database page <>:

Asian Films Online I & II
A comprehensive repository of documentaries, feature films, and shorts that provide first-hand perspectives to contemporary Asian issues through the voices of Asian filmmakers and content providers.

Black Abolitionist Papers
The collection ranges from 1830-1865 and contains more than 15,000 abolitionist documents from the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, and Germany. Included are reform newspaper articles, essays, editorials, speeches, sermons, lectures and more.

Black Thought and Culture
Consists of 100,000 documents spanning 250 years of African American history. Included are letters, speeches, essays, pamphlets, interviews, and periodicals from prominent leaders such as Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, Malcolm X, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and others. Highlights include the transcript of the Muhammad Ali trial, a full run of The Black Panther newspaper, and 2,500 pages of exclusive Black Panther oral histories.

Caribbean Studies in Video: The Banyan Archive
Contains over 1,100 hours of programs with cultural personalities and indigenous people covering festivals, rituals, theatre, dance performances, and cultural practices.

SAGE Research Methods Cases
SRM Cases are stories of how real research projects were conducted. The collection provides more than 500 case studies, showing the challenges and successes of doing research, written by the researchers themselves.  They explain why the researchers chose the methods they did, how they overcame problems in their research and what they might have done differently with hindsight: the realities of research that are missing from journal articles and textbooks.

SAGE Research Methods Data Sets
A collection of teaching datasets and instructional guides that give students a chance to learn data analysis by practicing themselves. This bank of topical, engaging practice datasets, indexed by method and data type, are optimized to use in classroom exercises or in exam papers.

Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive
A collection of primary sources that consists of 1.5 million pages of historical documents: 7,000 books and pamphlets, 80 newspapers, and a dozen manuscript collections. The scope of this collection ranges from the U.S. to Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

In 2007 Florida Legislature amended Florida Statutes, Section 1009.24, to establish a technology fee at Florida state universities beginning with the fall term of the 2009-2010 academic year. The revenue from this fee shall be used to enhance instructional technology resources for students and faculty. Since the creation of the Technology Fee, the UCF Libraries have been awarded funding for several technology-based projects. These projects range from acquiring new digital collections and resources for student use, to new technology for student checkout, and the renovation and creation of the Knowledge Commons on the second floor of the Hitt Library.

Wednesday, March ​29th from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Faculty Multimedia Center, CB1-202. Snacks provided. RSVP: Regrets (even if you can't make it, but are interested in learning more and/or still want to meet that day):

i>clicker, the student response system used at UCF, also offers the REEF Polling cloud. With this solution, students may use either their devices (ie: phone, tablet, laptop) and/or an i>clicker. This gives instructors and students the flexibility to use what they want in the classroom without having to make an additional purchase (since many already own i>clicker or REEF app accounts). Current i>clicker users: REEF Software frees you from having to carry a flash drive to class, as it's stored in the cloud. It also has easier Canvas integration and a few more features than i>clicker. Come check it out!

  • Choices on price/purchase: students purchase either an i>clicker remote or REEF app subscription (many already own both at UCF!)
  • No uploading of content or authoring of question: use your current ebooks, OER, power point, PDFs, etc. 
  • Canvas integration: seamlessly upload your scores to Canvas
  • Question types: multiple choice, hot spot/heat map, numeric, short answer (up to 140 characters), etc.
  • Polling, quizzing, attendance 
  • Instant study guide: push out any content –on the fly– to student devices

This interactive demonstration will show the features and functionality of REEF Polling and Quizzing alongside physical, i>clicker remotes.  BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to this demonstration if you’d like to join in the fun!

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 (

How do you take a novel idea, or a great idea for improvement, from conceptualization to innovation?  Each Marchioli Collective Impact Innovation Award recipient will hold an interactive seminar to share his/her strategies for building partnerships, securing funding, gaining national recognition for the project/program, documenting outcomes and impact, and many other tips. 

Over half of each session is set aside for faculty and staff to ask questions, share ideas and get feedback from peers, and participate in open discussion on how our institution can foster even more innovation for greater collective impact.

The spring 2017 Marchioli Collective Impact Innovation Seminar will be held April 10, 2017 from 12:00-1:30pm in Teaching Academy, room 130.  Dr. Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Spring 2017 recipient, will share strategies used to develop her nationally acclaimed innovative center (FAAST).

Register for the seminar using the following link Please feel free to bring your lunch to the seminar.  Dessert and beverages will be provided.

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

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.

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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