May - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Please make plans to join us and partners and colleagues from across campus this Monday through Thursday (May 8-11) for the Summer Faculty Development Conference. To see the agenda, which features a number of plenary sessions, workshops, demonstrations, and more, click here. Everyone is welcome! 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 between now and May 12th. Finally, save the dates of June 23 and July 9 for Teaching and Learning Days on teaching with virtual and augmented reality and service/community-based learning. More to come on both of those events.
Happy summer!

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 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.

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 ( with names and contact 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, including all author names, year, title, and the name of journal or conference—we’ll feature you on the Faculty Center webpage.

As a gesture of appreciation, CFE Federal Credit Union is offering you $50 to be deposited when you open your first new checking account. Visit one of our on-campus branches in the CFE Arena or the John T. Washington Center, or any of our other branches throughout Central Florida, to take advantage of this offer. CFE is also home to the official UCF Knights debit card. For every purchase you make using the UCF Knights debit card, CFE will make a donation to the UCF Knights.

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!

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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Matthew Bryan
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Peter Jacques
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