May - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
I hope your semester is wrapping up well. Please make plans to join us next week (May 8-11) for the Summer Faculty Development Conference. To preview the agenda, which features a number of plenary sessions, workshops, demonstrations, and more, click here. Also, if you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to complete our annual survey about faculty needs and program effectiveness. You can access it here http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0BPbzyc3bupnArj between now and May 12th.
Have a good 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, May 4th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, May 5th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

FACULTY FELLOWS PROGRAM
The Faculty Center hopes to recruit up to five faculty members from across the university and from both the instructor/lecturer and tenure tracks to participate in our 2017-2018 faculty fellows program. All full-time faculty are eligible to apply, and applications are due May 19th. Email fctl@ucf.edu for more information. We would particularly like to see applications from faculty who have interests in the following areas: engaging in learning space design and research, working with housing and residence life to support co-curricular learning outcomes, working with transfer and transition services to develop faculty and staff-facing professional development programs that encourage transfer student success, and implementing a number of pedagogical innovations.

WE’RE HIRING NEW STUDENT CONSULTANTS AND WE NEED YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS!
The Faculty Center will be hiring several new Student Consultants on Teaching (SCOTs) to be trained during the summer semester. Student consultants provide faculty with feedback about their classes in a variety of ways, including providing descriptive observation; working as a resource to faculty; and conducting 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.

We’re looking for recommendations from faculty for undergraduate and graduate students who would excel in this program. If you know of an individual or an organization within UCF whom we should contact, please email Anna Turner (anna.turner@ucf.edu) with names and contact information.

CALL FOR SoTL INFORMATION
We know that our faculty are doing amazing things and we would like to stay in the loop and keep our databases current. If you have participated in programming through the Faculty Center (e.g., cohorts, book clubs, workshops, conferences, consultations, etc.) and have presented or published work on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, we want to hear about it! Please send the reference information to Amanda.Wolcott@ucf.edu, including all author names, year, title, and the name of journal or conference—we’ll feature you on the Faculty Center webpage.

QPR TRAINING OPPORTUNITY FOR FACULTY
What is QPR? How can a QPR training better prepare you to talk with students you believe may be struggling emotionally?
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps that you can learn to help save a life from suicide. QPR is a simple educational program that teaches people how to recognize a mental health emergency and how to get a person at risk the help they need. It is also an action plan that can result in lives saved. To learn more about QPR: https://caps.sdes.ucf.edu/qpr/  

We know how busy your schedules are, so we would like to extend an offer to take this a simple, FREE online, one-hour QPR training session at a time that fits your schedule. If you are interested in learning more about suicide prevention and QPR, please contact Dr. Teresa Michaelson-Chmelir from the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) office to get your free one-hour online training (a $30 value). Teresa.Michaelson@ucf.edu or 407-823-2811.

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Need help with your research and scholarship? Post a position!
OUR hosts the Undergraduate Research Position Database, where faculty can post position openings. Positions can be through structured UCF programs, independent projects, or general research and academic scholarship support. To make a posting, go to https://our.ucf.edu/research-positions, select “Post,” and login.
 
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.    

Request a Mentoring Report
Have you mentored student researchers? Request a report on all documented students who you mentored since 2009. Email our@ucf.edu.

FACULTY WRITING CLUB SPRING 2017
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!

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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Patricia Angley
College of Arts and Humanities Patricia    Angley Interaction with my students motivates me to find different and innovative classroom techniques, methods, and challenges to keep them engaged with their learning. I try to listen to them, hear what they know and don't know so that we can make meaning together as we read and interpret diverse and difficult text...

Christopher Geiger
College of Engineering and Computer Science Christopher Geiger My teaching approach inside and outside the classroom is based on my view that an instructor, in addition to being a supplier of knowledge, is a facilitator of knowledge. In my opinion, an effective teacher should have sound fundamentals and command over the theoretical concepts as well as a broad knowledge beyon...