November - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about upcoming programming at the Faculty Center and beyond. Winter Conference proposals are due next Monday, November 13th. Let us know if you have questions about this or about moving toward the end of the semester. Please note that spring book orders are due this Friday—see more info below.
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 16th
Virtual Reality Workshop with Embodied Labs--9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (RSVP required)
Faculty Lunch with Embodied Labs –11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (RSVP required)
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, November 17th
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.

Over the next several months, the Faculty Center’s website will be transitioning to a WordPress site administered by the Division of Teaching and Learning. To help us with this move, we welcome input on what you like, dislike, or would like to see changed about 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!

House Bill 7019 requires universities to post lists of required and recommended textbooks and instructional materials for at least 95 percent of all course sections at least 45 days before the start of classes for each term. By Friday, Nov. 17, all faculty must upload their course materials to Barnes & Noble’s FacultyEnlight tool. You can access the site and learn more about uploading course materials at

On Thursday, Nov. 16, from 3-4 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble in the John T. Washington Center, bookstore representatives will be available to answer questions and help faculty members submit their course materials.

We live in a time many scholars call “the era of mass imprisonment.” The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) is the third largest state prison system in the country and incarcerates just under 99,000 inmates in correctional facilities. The FDC offers GED, High School Diploma, and Vocational Certificates, but does not offer post-secondary education programs. Keri Watson (Assistant Professor, SVAD), who previously taught with the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project and the Cornell Prison Education Program, is looking for partners to help create a prison education program in the State of Florida. If you are interested, please email

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

Supporting Faculty in the Wake of Hurricane Maria
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 9:30 – 10:30 am, Teaching Academy, 130
This session will focus on ways to support faculty, and help faculty support others, affected by Hurricane Maria and its aftermath. The first part of the session will inventory resources available to affected faculty (e.g., the Employee Assistance Program, option for tenure clock adjustment for tenure-earning faculty, opportunities for research and teaching collaborations). The second part of the session will engage participants in brainstorming additional ways to support affected UCF faculty and ways to enlist our faculty in assisting faculty and students in Puerto Rico and other affected areas, particularly around continuing their teaching and learning.

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:

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.

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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