May - Week 5

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. We hope you can join us for Teaching and Learning Day 2017 on June 23, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The focus will be on incorporating virtual and augmented reality into courses and curricula. Guest speakers from Embodied Labs will provide insights and demonstrations on cutting edge approaches to instruction. To register, please email us at fctl@ucf.edu. Lunch will be provided for the first 30 registrants.  Also, we’d appreciate your take a few minutes to complete our survey about the usage of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) solutions in your classes. You can access it here http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dg4zzwLLrmncTWd
Have a great 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, June 1st
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, June 2nd
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S ISSUES CONFERENCE (2018 IWIC WOMEN IN TECH: THE NEXT GENERATION OF ACTIVISTS)
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). To see the call for papers and submission guidelines, visit http://wgst.cah.ucf.edu/conferences/womens-issues-conference/call-for-papers/

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
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!

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH 2017
All faculty, staff, and students are invited to submit a program proposal for UCF’s 2017 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration! The deadline to submit a program proposal is July 28, 2017, and accepted programs will be included in UCF’s Hispanic Heritage Month Calendar (September 15 - October 15, 2017). You can submit a proposal here.

FACULTY WRITING CLUB SUMMER 2017
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!

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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