October - Week 4

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about upcoming programming at the Faculty Center and beyond. Winter Conference proposals are due November 13th—see below for more info.
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 fctl@ucf.edu for information and assistance.

Monday, October 23rd
Workshop: Helping Students Become Better Self-Directed Learners—11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205. See details below.

Thursday, October 26th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, October 27th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Helping Students Become Better Self-Directed Learners
Research shows that faculty members tend to over-estimate students' metacognitive abilities while under-estimating the extent to which these skills and habits must be taught and reinforced through instruction. This session will offer strategies for explicitly instructing students in effective study strategies that increase metacognition and self-regulation.

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 http://fctl.ucf.edu/Events/WinterConference/.  Proposals are due November 13th.

Please find the call for papers for the second annual Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference, which will be held in St. Pete Beach, Florida,  January 31st through February 2nd, 2018 here. Proposals are due October 31st. The event is co-hosted by the UCF Faculty Center and a similar unit at USF, and will feature a keynote presentation by Michelle D. Miller, author of Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology (Harvard University Press 2014).  Thanks for your consideration, and please reach out if you have questions.

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 fctl@ucf.edu 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.  

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

Proposing a Competitive QEP-Funded Project
November 1 | 2:00 – 3:30pm | CB1 205 | RSVP by October 30
The Quality Enhancement Plan offers the Program Innovation and Enhancement Awards each year to fund projects supporting integrative learning initiatives across campus. This workshop will offer concrete advice and feedback to those planning to apply for one of  these awards in spring 2018.

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 QEP@ucf.edu to reserve your spot!

Next month UCF’s Institutional Knowledge Management department will launch a new version of the Faculty Activity System within PeopleSoft. This data collection tool reports instructional activity to the State of Florida’s Board of Governors Office and is also used for determining Teacher Incentive Program (TIP) eligibility. Faculty will be able to electronically view and approve their activity for each term, allowing for greater involvement in the process. Keep an eye out for further communication regarding this exciting change. For questions please email FASSupport@ucf.edu.

The Marchioli Collective Impact Innovation Award rewards one faculty or staff member each semester with a $5,000 cash or grant prize for their innovative program or project that demonstrates measurable outcomes related to at least one priority metric from the Collective Impact Strategic Plan and can be scaled to maximize our impact.

Nomination forms and award guidelines are available on the UCF Collective Impact Strategic Plan website at http://www.ucf.edu/strategic-plan/champions/

The Fall 2017 deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.

Questions? Contact Lisa Jones: Lisa.Jones@ucf.edu

Have you thought about integrating high-impact educational practices (HIPs; e.g. research, service-learning, community engagement) into your undergraduate courses, yet worried about the time and effort needed to provide your students with a positive, meaningful experience? If so, then we have a wonderful opportunity for you. Supported by QEP funding, we are inviting faculty for the Spring 2018 semester to use HIP Student Coaches in your course to facilitate implementing one of these practices. HIP student coaches are faculty-recruited undergraduate or graduate students who collaborate with faculty to mentor undergraduate students with course-integrated projects. Student coaches mentor their peers on class-specific projects, rather than functioning as GTAs or GRAs with responsibility for grading or evaluating students. High-impact coaches are student-focused and should not assist in faculty-based research. Student coaches will receive a $300 scholarship, with the expectation of participating in 3 hours of training (early January) and contributing approximately 30 hours to course-integrated project mentoring. Faculty are required to participate in 1 hour of training in December, select their own coaches, and provide deliverable materials at end of semester documenting examples of the student projects that the HIP student coaches  facilitated (e.g. poster from SURE or Service-Learning Showcase; digital curation project; writing submission to journal, etc.). Please click on the link below to learn more about this opportunity and apply. Application deadline is November 3, 2018. Questions: Please contact Linda Walters (linda.walters@ucf.edu) or Kim Schneider (KRS@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 .

Faculty Excellence 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

Straight Talk: Am I Ready for Promotion to Professor?

October 25, 2017
10:00 am – 11:30 am, Location, Teaching Academy, 130

Are you considering applying for promotion to Professor during the 2018-2019 cycle? If so, please join Faculty Excellence for an informal discussion of the path to Professor. Bring your questions and concerns, and participate in a candid dialogue with your colleagues.

Speaker: Dr. Jana Jasinski
Audience: Associate Professors

Straight Talk: Am I Ready for Promotion? (Instructor/Lecturer)

November 2, 2017
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Location, Classroom Building 1, 205

Are you considering applying for promotion to Associate or Senior Instructor/Lecturer during the 2018-2019 cycle? If so, please join Dr. Elizabeth Dooley for an informal discussion of the path to Associate or Senior Instructor/Lecturer. Bring your questions and concerns, and participate in a candid dialogue with your colleagues.

Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Dooley
Audience: Instructors and Lecturers

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.

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

Florida Statewide Symposium Keynote Seminar (Friday, October 27, 1:30-2:45pm, Key West Ballroom, Student Union)
UCF faculty are invited to attend the Undergraduate Research Florida Statewide Symposium Keynote Seminar “Leveraging campus-wide initiatives to grow student scholarship” presented by Dr. Bethany M. Usher, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, George Mason University. 
Keynote overview: Undergraduate research, once thought of narrowly as science-based research that produced publications and led to graduate school, is now seen as a model high-impact activity that allows students to apply their academic knowledge to a variety of challenges. Dr. Usher describes how campuses can capitalize on campus-wide initiatives to build or enhance undergraduate research programs to be inclusive of students, disciplines, and outcomes.

Faculty Workshop Series
We will be offering a faculty-facing workshop on Integrating Research into the Curriculum, 2:00-3:00 pm, Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017, in CB 1 205.

Undergraduate Research and Travel Grants (OUR Grant proposal deadline is 5pm, Friday, October 27th for Spring funding)
Undergraduate Research provides funding to undergraduate researchers to support their work. These grants can be used to fund materials or equipment not available on UCF’s campus and travel costs associated with conducting research. Individual students may apply for grants of up to $500 for research costs. Students traveling to conduct research are eligible for up to $1000 to support cost of travel (i.e. flights, hotel stays). Group projects may be eligible for up to $1000. Please click the hyperlink above for more information.

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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