November - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about upcoming programming at the Faculty Center and beyond. Winter Conference proposals are due November 13th. Let us know if you have questions about this or about moving toward the end of the semester.
Have a great 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, November 9th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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

Russian Culture Night, presented by Dr. Alla Kourova. Tuesday, November 14 at 5:00 p.m. in CB1-205. Come and enjoy Russian food and the friendly atmosphere of the Faculty Center Culture Night.
Please RSVP to

The Faculty Center and the Quality Enhancement Plan team will co-host the 2017 Winter Faculty Development Conference December 11th–13th. This year’s theme is Mapping the Integrative Undergraduate Experience. All UCF faculty and staff are welcome to attend plenary portions of the event. For more details, proposal criteria, and submission instructions, please visit Proposals are due November 13th.

Recently, the Faculty Center was able to secure funding from the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities to purchase two virtual reality kits as well as a one-year subscription to the Embodied Labs modules for the UCF community. This will allow us to engage colleagues in related programming. We will be able to work with you to use the tools with student, staff, and faculty groups. While the basic content of the modules focuses on health-related issues, it also addresses the development of empathy and cultural competencies. It would be a great tool for students to experience before working with members of the community, or before starting a design project that needs to be shaped by end users’ needs. It has relevance for any discipline dealing with education or social issues and concerns and could be of value in courses designed to encourage creativity and innovation among their students. It can also be used with faculty or staff groups.

You are invited to participate in two related events on Thursday, November 16. Carrie Shaw, the EL CEO, will be doing a workshop and demo for all interested faculty members from 9:30 to 11 in CB1 205 (the classroom attached to the Faculty Center). The Faculty Center will then host a lunch for interested colleagues from 11:30 to 1. We need RSVPs for both events by Thursday, November 9. You are welcome to attend either or both. We have a cap of 35 participants in the lunch event. Please email to register or to get more information.  And if you are eager for a demo sooner than this date, please reach out to us and we will work with you to schedule it.  

Over the next several months, the Faculty Center’s website will be transitioning to a WordPress site administered by the College of Undergraduate Studies. To help us with this move, we welcome input on what you like, dislike, or would like to see different from the current site, The new site will not have the same navigational depth, so we look forward to hearing what your most frequently visited pages are, and if we can help you get to them any more easily. Please send comments or suggestions to

UCF Faculty “Be You” Storytelling Project presents Dr. Olga Molina, November 15, 2:00-3:00 p.m. in Teaching Academy 130. Cuban-born, COHPA professor Dr. Olga Molina will be discussing her experiences as a Latina immigrant and her passion for culturally competent social work practice. Cookies will be provided - Join us!

Fall 2017 Faculty Workshop Series
The Quality Enhancement Plan provides a range of faculty development opportunities aimed at implementing integrative learning experiences in and beyond the classroom, including the following workshops this fall:

Student Networking & Professional Development
November 14 | 12:00 – 1:00pm | CB1 205 | RSVP by November 10
Students need continual reminders and encouragement to go beyond the classroom and interact with professionals working in their fields. This workshop focuses on strategies for helping students connect to community and professional networking opportunities. We will also discuss valuable credentials that students can obtain before they graduate.

RSVP to to reserve your spot!

Faculty and Family Fun Sunday Event

The Faculty Excellence Center for Success of Women Faculty and UCF Arboretum will host the second-annual Faculty and Family Fun Sunday Event in the UCF Arboretum Park on Sunday, Nov. 12, from 12:30 - 3 p.m.
There will be activities for faculty, families and friends including zombie ants, UCF Rosen Chef Fridrich’s demonstration of “farm to table” cooking, drones and GIS, cool physics and engineering activities, UCF Hidden Artists crafts for sale, and much more.

Publish or Parent? Managing Research Productivity for Faculty with Children
Monday, November 13, 2017 noon to 1 p.m., Teaching Academy, 301
This workshop is designed for all faculty and will focus on balancing worklife with the demands of parenting through time management, networking, research groups, and other proven strategies. Special emphasis will be given to the unique parenting challenges faced by women faculty. Participants will have the opportunity to network with colleagues from around campus that are experiencing the same challenges and leave with strategies that can help them boost their research productivity.  

Speaker: Dr. Yara Asi, College of Health and Public Affairs, Health Management and Informatics

In Collective Impact, UCF committed to developing and leading a major regional initiative that draws upon the unique strengths and assets of the institution and our partners to achieve measurable improvement in a significant community challenge — such as hunger, homelessness, quality of life, or public health.

Part of this commitment is being met with our partnership for the Parramore PS-8 school, the OCPS Academic Center for Excellence. The university is currently looking for a second community-based project that will be recognized as a UCF Collective Impact Community Challenge Initiative. The initiative or project must address a significant local problem that also has national or global implications — and can be scaled or replicated for global impact.

For more information or to submit your application, visit the UCF Collective Impact Strategic Plan website under the “Community Challenge” tab at

The deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17.
Questions? Contact Lisa Jones:

Trademark Basics: What every small business should know NOW, not later

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Join us as Craig Morris, Managing Attorney for Trademark Educational Outreach at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, presents intellectual property information essential to small business owners, entrepreneurs, and business students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Light refreshments provided. Go to for details and registration. Register early, as space is limited!

From newest releases to bestselling classics, all University Press of Florida books are on sale! View UPF's holiday catalog ( or explore UPF's website ( to find books on cooking, travel, photography, art, gardening, nature, fishing, sports, history, literature, archaeology and anthropology, Latin American and Caribbean studies, science and technology, and more. You'll find the perfect gift for every reader.

Order before December 15 with code XM17 to receive 20-40% off your order plus $1 per book shipping. You can also place your order by calling 800.226.3822. Orders over $50 will receive a free UPF tote bag. About the University Press of Florida: UPF is the official publisher for the State University System of Florida and has been engaging educators, students, and discerning readers since 1945.

Did you know that this is National Distance Learning Week (NDLW)? From November 6-10, 2017, all sectors—including Pre-K-12, Higher Education, Corporate, Government/Military and Telehealth—across the nation celebrate accomplishments achieved in distance learning and recognize best practices of the field. During NDLW at UCF, we are celebrating by highlighting the amazing accomplishments of distance learning this year!

UCF has a 20 year history of providing exceptional online learning experiences to our online and distance learning students. From fall 2016 to fall 2017, our numbers of online learning students grew from 4,606 to 6,403; much of this growth can be attributed to the new UCF Online program, which alone saw an increase from 916 fully online students its inaugural fall 2016 term, to 2,901 students in fall 2017. With our faculty teaching online certified through CDL’s award winning faculty development courses; our enhanced online student services, support, and success coaching; and our attention to meeting the students where they are, UCF is setting a standard for online and distance learning.

Join a faculty writing club to start your fall 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. Please verify that all links are correct before submitting. 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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