March - Week 4

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 for information and assistance.

Monday, March 27th
Open Educational Resources (OER) Workshop: Creating and Sharing Open Licensed Material—12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205. See details below.
Workshop: Student Engagement Beyond the Boundaries of the Classroom—2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205

Tuesday, March 28th
Making General Education Count… and Not Just for Credit!—1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205

Wednesday, March 29th
National Survey of Student Engagement: Findings and Insights—2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205. See details below.

Thursday, March 30th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
OER Workshop: Creating and Sharing Open Licensed Material—3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205. See details below.

Friday, March 31st
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Creating and Sharing Open Licensed Material
Learn how to create and share your own educational resources in this hands-on workshop. Determine the best license for your work and publish with confidence. Specifically, we'll discuss suitable formats for distribution, appropriate licensing, and considerations for accessibility. We'll also share some lessons learned from previous projects, identify resources on campus that help faculty with OERs, and discuss how OERs can promote active learning and student engagement.

Making General Education Count… and Not Just for Credit!
When educators evaluate whether their students are learning successfully and how they are teaching their subject, sometimes the enrichment value of what they teach can be forgotten. You've heard students say "this GEP class is tedious, boring, and irrelevant, just for credits..." but what if it wasn't? What if students actively discovered that their GEP course was instead the gateway to new ideas, critical thinking, and innovation at UCF? This integrative approach is exactly what GEP History courses are purposefully developing. What if everything you thought you knew about your profession was made stronger by what you know about its past and its connection to other fields of study? What if being historically curious and source sound allowed you to analyze and communicate more richly, diversely, and cogently in your major and career? What if delving into history meant more than an A for their GPA. Essentially, we are exploring History as the interconnected story of EVERYTHING and a foundation for a life pursuit of understanding. Come discuss how changing the message about your GEP course (regardless of the subject) can change your students' perception of their outcomes from it and bring deeper meaning to your teaching.

National Survey of Student Engagement: Findings and Insights
UCF administers the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) to first year and senior students every three years to learn more about the quality of the undergraduate experience. Join us in conversation as we take a deeper look at the findings from 2014 with particular emphasis on the amount of time and effort students put into their studies and other educationally purposeful activities and as we examine data related to how institutional resources, courses, and other learning opportunities facilitate student participation in activities that matter to student learning.

“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.

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.

The UCF Advanced Research Computing Center (ARCC) announces UCF Research Computing Day 2017.  This half-day event will be held on Friday, April 7, in Room 101 of the Harris Engineering Center. It will cover UCF's 3,256-core high performance computing system (known as Stokes) available for research use, the UCF Research Network for high-speed data transfer, access to national resources, and even upcoming visualization resources. In addition, two current users will present their research and how high performance computing helps.

The ARCC also hopes to hear from attendees about future needs and considerations in the area of research computing. Registration and more information (including a full agenda) are available at

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

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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