May - Week 3

Hello Everyone-
Thanks to all of you who participated in the Summer Faculty Development Conference. It was a great success thanks to your efforts and engagement. Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Please feel free to reach out to the Faculty Center team if we can help you to prepare for your summer or fall classes.
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.

Thursday, May 18th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, May 19th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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.

ePortfolios are a powerful, high-impact practice that help students synthesize their educational experiences and tell their own story to diverse professional audiences. Join us for a one-day bootcamp to learn best practices and new ideas for implementing ePortfolios in your classroom to ensure your students prepare for what’s next.

Events will include a keynote presentation by Dr. Margaret Marshall of Auburn University: “ePortfolios Done Well: The Role of Faculty in the Newest High Impact Practice,” followed by a panel of UCF faculty discussing their experiences in building and assessing ePortfolio assignments. Dr. Marshall will later lead a hands-on workshop helping participants get started on their own ePortfolios. End the day with assisted computer lab time to experiment with your own ePortfolio with Q&A and assistance from Adobe Ambassadors. Coffee, light refreshments, and boxed lunches will be provided for attendees.

No prior experience with ePortfolios is required for this event. We are particularly interested in departmental teams of 2–3 faculty. Space is limited. Participants will receive a free, one-year Adobe Creative Cloud user license.

This workshop will take place on June 9, 2017 from 8:30am–4:00pm in the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (CB1 Room 205). Please RSVP to QEP@ucf.eduno later than May 26, 2017.

The Women’s and Gender Studies program presents the 3rd international conference on women’s issues. With over 12 countries in the past, our IWIC is a great chance to meet international scholars, present your research, bring your classes and encourage your colleagues and graduate students to participate.
Some of the research areas invited are art, health, literature, education, political science, communication, gender studies, youth, leadership, technology, engineering, psychology, folklore, music, photography, documentary, activism, media, rhetoric, history, philosophy, theater and performance. We encourage UCF registered student organizations to table at the event.
Date: February 16 and 17, 2018 (9:00-5:00 PM)
Where: Key West Ballroom
Deadline: Abstracts, September 4, 2017/ Full papers, November 4, 2017 (for those interested in being considered for the conference proceedings)
Abstracts Submission:
1. Deadline September 4, 2017, acceptance letter sent on September 20th, 2017
2. Include the following: Author/s, Affiliation, Title, Email address
3. Format: research paper, panel or roundtable discussion
4. Please submit at
Website: call for papers

Join us for our summer workshops on diverse topics like LGBTQ+ 101, introversion, our certificate series on Latino Americans’ history, and more! Register for these courses on MyUCF > Employee Self Service > Learning & Development > Request Training Enrollment. Space is limited, and about half of our workshops are almost full, but please enroll on the waitlist anyway – we often pull people in! We’re looking forward to a great semester!

Looking for a professional development group at UCF with emphasis on diversity and inclusion? Apply for the 2017-2018 cohort of SEED! SEED is an international project founded by Dr. Peggy McIntosh, formerly of Wellesley College Centers for Women, over 30 years ago.  It promotes change through self-reflection and interpersonal dialogue and builds capacity for more equitable curriculum, campuses, workplaces, and communities. Our first year was an amazing success and we’re happy to open the application for another cohort!  Apply by Monday, June 5th, 2017!

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, 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

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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