October - Week 1

Hello Everyone-

Below you’ll find information about upcoming programming at the Faculty Center and beyond.
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 fctl@ucf.edu for information and assistance.

Thursday, October 4th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, October 5th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Is your personality, humor, and care for students’ success lost in translation while teaching your online course? Develop your online persona by easily creating and incorporating video into your online course. Please join us on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at 1 PM in Library-161b or via Webinar to choose from a variety of teaching methods and video scenarios that best portrays your unique online persona. As a feature of this 30-minute session, an instructor and instructional designer describe how the use of video online leads to the joy of teaching and students’ deep learning.

Register now to attend face-to-face OR online OR to receive a recording for later viewing at http://dl.ucf.edu/rsvp. All are invited to participate, including those within the UCF community and with UCF Connect, as well as those off-campus, not affiliated with UCF. The face-to-face option is exclusively for UCF faculty and staff.
For any questions, please contact Amanda Major at amanda.major@ucf.edu.

The LEAD Scholars Academy invites individuals to share their leadership knowledge and experience with the UCF campus during Leadership Week 2018. The committee is looking for workshops/sessions that will challenge and inspire the campus community and showcase current leadership topics.   Please complete the program proposal form at http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_03exYw8YJ5ITAoZ .  The deadline to submit a program proposal is Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Program proposals will be evaluated and presenters will be notified by  November 8, 2017.   For more information please feel free to contact: Dr. Germayne Graham, Associate Director for LEAD Scholars Academy, germayne.graham@ucf.edu .

This group for those conducting research in STEM education meeting weekly on Mondays at 11:30 – 12:30 in PSB 445. For our 10/2 meeting, Erin Scanlon, a postdoc in physics, will present a talk: Introductory Physics Students' Physics and Mathematics Epistemologies.
Abstract: In this talk I will discuss what epistemology is and the Epistemological Resources theoretical framework as an introduction to my research into student difficulties in introductory physics. I will also discuss an empirical, qualitative research study investigating the epistemological resources employed by introductory physics students as they solved physics problems. A specific case of students' use of signs will be discussed in detail.
Questions? Contact Jackie Chini (jchini@ucf.edu) or Erin Saitta (erin.saitta@ucf.edu).

All faculty, staff and students are welcome and encouraged to participate in UCF's 2017 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration! For more event information, please visit: http://ucflafasa.org.  

Latino Culture, Leadership and Contribution
Juana Bordas, President of Mestiza Leadership International, will facilitate this workshop based on her book The Power of Latino Leadership: Culture, Inclusion, and Contribution.      
October 11, 2017     3:00-4:30PM     Barbara Ying Center, Room 101
Hosted by: Latino Faculty and Staff Association; Dreamers at UCF
Contact: Dr. Cyndia Muñiz, 407-823-2718, cyndia.muniz@ucf.edu

Hispanic Heritage Month Closing Celebration
Come celebrate the closing of Hispanic Heritage Month at UCF! This culminating event will feature Keynote Speaker- Juana Bordas, President of Mestiza Leadership International, whose message “Shaping the Bright Future of America” will set the tone for the rest of the academic year. Juana Bordas is the author of Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age and The Power of Latino Leadership. The program will conclude with savory traditional Latino cuisine and musical genres. 
October 12, 2017     12:00-2:00PM     SU Pegasus Grand Ballroom

This October marks the 25th anniversary of the celebration of diversity and UCF efforts to build an inclusive learning and professional environment. This year’s theme is “Transform and Inspire Inclusion.” Join us for a multitude of events, all week long! diversity.ucf.edu/events/diversity-week

#WeAreUCF Photo Mosaic to celebrate the 25th Diversity Week – Be part of UCF history!
Post your photos to Instagram and/or Twitter using the hashtag #WeAreUCF to be part of a larger photo mosaic of the entire campus! Anyone, anywhere can post photos and we need 6-8,000, so tell your friends, family, and fellow Knights! On October 16, 9am-4pm and October 17, 9am-6pm, the mosaic will be in the Student Union Atrium and if you post photos during those event hours you will receive a print-out keepsake and be able to place your photo on the mosaic! We will also be distributing posters of the final mosaic after Diversity Week is over. Stay tuned!

October 11, 3-4:30 PM in Health Center 206
As research evidence continues to emerge on grit, resilience, growth mindset, and self-efficacy, faculty members are invited to join student success staff members and peer mentors to learn about the role of non-cognitive skills in the learning process. Best practices for interventions that impact growth mindset, grit, and self-efficacy will also be covered. Recommended for all faculty members who teach gateway courses, general education, and other courses for first year students. If you would like more information about impacting first year student success at UCF, or you are unable to attend and would like access to the webinar, please email Mark.Gumble@ucf.edu.

Help your students make the most of their research…have them talk to a Peer Mentor:
Undergraduate Research offers drop-in hours and appointments with Peer Mentors to help students who are new to research, or those who are currently engaged in research, make the most of their experience. Peer Mentors can help students determine which structured programs would be a good fit, go over funding opportunities, discuss options for disseminating their research, and answer other questions your student may have about research at UCF. The Peer Mentors are available four days a week and their schedule can be found here: http://our.ucf.edu/. As always, if you or your students have questions, please contact our office at our@ucf.edu or 407-823-3125.

Faculty Excellence Leadership Series: Creating, Sharing, and Using a Career Advancement Plan
October 17, 2017
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Teaching Academy 102
In this hands-on workshop, faculty will learn about the benefits of career advancement planning, move through some of the steps for creating career advancement plans (including self-visioning and goal setting, identifying gaps/challenges/opportunities, mapping mid-term and long-term plans), and discuss ways to share and implement their plans. Participants will be linked to online resources that will help them continue this process.

  • Dr. Pradeep Bhardwaj
  • Dr. Eloy Hernandez
  • Dr. Blake Scott

Ace Your Research Portfolio

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Training by the UCF Libraries and Web of Science (WoS) to meet the potential needs such as: citation for T&P, grant application, prestigious awards, identifying quality publications, collaborators and funders. Six sessions covering various topics for mid-career or early-career faculty. RSVP by October 11, 2017 to collectionservices@ucf.edu. Sign up for any or all. Snacks, coffee and lunch provided. Click here to view detailed schedule.

Leadership Series: A Win/Win Outcome for All: Aligning Faculty and University Branding
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Global UCF Room 101
Co-led by a faculty branding expert and a co-chair of UCF’s Collective Impact Commission, this session will help faculty of all ranks 1) learn tips and tools for developing or refining your professional brand, including promoting your brand or identity online, to maximize impact and recognition, and 2) better align your brand with the university’s brand, visionary goals, and strategic plan (Collective Impact). Come prepared to think and talk about strategies to align your brand with UCF’s brand on your road to success.

  • Dr. Lisa Dieker, Professor and Lockheed Martin Eminent Scholar Chair, Department of Child, Family, and Community Sciences
  • Dr. Staci M. Zavattaro, Associate Professor of Public Administration, Research Associate, Center for Public and Nonprofit Management, School of Public Administration

Faculty and Family Fun Sunday Event

On Sunday, November 12 from 12:30 – 3 PM, UCF Faculty Excellence, the Center for Success of Women Faculty, and the UCF Arboretum will host their second annual Faculty and Family Fun Sunday Event in the UCF Arboretum Park on main campus. This is an excellent opportunity for faculty, their families, friends and pets to spend time together while learning about the amazing scholarship, service and community engagement of your colleagues across campus. We are currently recruiting faculty who would like to share their scholarship; we are especially interested in hands-on topics that will appeal to all ages. We are also interested in faculty willing to run face-painting, yoga, children’s art and music stations. Please contact Linda Walters (linda.walters@ucf.edu) if you are interested in participating or have any questions.

Last year, UCF IT and the Microsoft Store partnered together to offer on campus training for Basic Windows 10 to faculty and staff. This year we have expanded the training courses to also include Advanced Windows 10 and Advanced Word on Office 365.

There are eight sessions being offered on the following dates and times. All sessions have a capacity of 35 and will be held in Teaching Academy 303.

Thursday, October 5

  • 9:00am-10:00am-Basic Windows 10
  • 10:30pm-12:00pm-Advanced Word on Office 365
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm-Advanced Windows 10
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm Advanced Windows 10

Friday, October 6

  • 9:00am-10:00am-Advanced Windows 10
  • 10:30pm-12:00pm-Advanced Word on Office 365
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm-Advanced Windows 10
  • 3:00pm-4:30pm-Advanced Word on Office 365

In addition to the on campus training at UCF on October 5 and October 6, Microsoft offers two other ways to receive training at no cost.

1) On demand training - Simply go to https://education.microsoft.com/courses-and-resources/courses (click on “Training” and then click on “Online”).

2) Personalized Microsoft Store workshops - Microsoft has the ability to create and provide a series of workshops to be led by their in-house trainers within their two local Microsoft Stores (Mall of Millenia and Florida Mall) within a timeframe. Please contact Larry Jaffe (jaffe@ucf.edu) who can provide more information.

For the October 5th and 6th sessions located on campus, please register using the links below. Please include both your name and email address.

Basic Windows Training

Advanced Windows Training

Advanced Microsoft Word on Office 365

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 melody@ucf.edu and we will help to spread the word.

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