September - Week 4

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 for information and assistance.

Monday, September 25th
Workshop: Supporting the Three Pillars of Academic Achievement—1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205. See details below

Thursday, September 28th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, September 29th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Supporting the Three Pillars of Academic Achievement
Why do some students excel and others struggle or give up? This workshop will explore the development of students' (1) intelligence, (2) motivation, and (3) intellectual curiosity. Topics will include stereotype threat, enemies of IQ, how to enhance belonging, understanding, trust, self-esteem and making course content meaningful.

Contemplative Practices in the Classroom Special Interest Group (Thursdays)
Led by Eric Main & Amanda Wolcott
“What if we were to take seriously the possibility that our students have a rich and authoritative inner life and tried to nourish it rather than negate it?” – Mary Rose O’Reilley
Are you interested in learning about applying contemplative practices in your classroom, looking to deepen your practice, or willing to be a part of a community of scholars who understand the benefits of contemplative pedagogy for both students and instructors? The Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning is hosting a special interest group in Fall 2017 and we would like you to join. The SIG will meet from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on the following Thursdays: September 28, October 12, October 26, and November 9. If you are interested in participating, email

There is a new integration method between Turnitin and Canvas.  To learn how to create Turnitin assignments within your Webcourse, see this linked video: Feel free to reach out to the Faculty Center if you have any questions regarding

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:  

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,

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. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion asks for your participation – in the classroom, with your colleagues, with your department. We count on everyone on campus to contribute to this celebration and to foster inclusion. This year’s theme is “Transform and Inspire Inclusion.” Encourage the engagement of your students and department; submit an event online and access the Week’s calendar at (some Diversity Action Grants are available to support - ).

The UCF Biology department will host a one-day conference on Plants Beyond Limits: Building A Better Future With Plant Science at UCF main campus on November 10, 2017. The conference aims to highlight the values of plants in defining a better future for us and for the changing society. If you are interested in being a part of the conference, please let us know through this short survey. We will get back to you with more information.

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: As always, if you or your students have questions, please contact our office at or 407-823-3125.

Women's Self-defense Class
Monday, September 25, 2017 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Faculty Excellence Center for Success of Women Faculty is pleased to offer UCF women faculty a Women’s Self-defense Class with instructors from the UCF Police Department who have been trained by the National Self-Defense Institute.
The course is designed to provide attendees with information, tactics, and options which may be useful for various types of crimes perpetrated against women.
Click here for more information and to register.

Faculty Excellence Leadership Series: Mentoring for Success
Thursday, September 28, 2017
10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Teaching Academy, 130
In this session, faculty administrators with extensive mentoring experience will offer faculty members strategies for building mentoring networks at UCF and in their own fields that move beyond the one-on-one mentor model, recognize the value of diverse perspectives, and position faculty for broad impact and advancement.

  • Melody Bowdon, Associate Dean, College of Undergraduate Studies, Executive Director, Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, Professor of Writing and Rhetoric
  • John Weishampel, Professor and Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies

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 Sign up for any or all. Snacks, coffee and lunch provided.  Click here to view detailed schedule.

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 ( if you are interested in participating or have any questions.

In anticipation of World Heart Day, UCF Heart Day will provide free hands-only CPR instruction to the UCF community on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Twenty-minute hands-only CPR sessions will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Key West Ballroom of the Student Union (Room 218). The sessions will also include instruction on the use of AEDs and information about heart health. Hands-only CPR is cardiopulmonary resuscitation without mouth-to-mouth. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting, such as at home, work, or in a public place.

UCF Heart Day is a collaboration among UCF Environmental Health and Safety, the Department of Security and Emergency Management, the UCF Police Department, UCF Student Government Association, Orange County Fire Rescue, and other community partners. World Heart Day will be celebrated across the globe on Friday, Sept. 29.

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 (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 ( 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 and we will help to spread the word.

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