July - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about upcoming programming and opportunities at the Faculty Center.
Have a great week,
Melody

FACULTY CENTER HAPPENINGS FOR THE 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, July 5th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, July 6th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

ADOBE LICENSE POOL REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
The Division of Teaching and Learning has a limited pool of Adobe Creative Cloud licenses to offer students on a per-semester basis; these licenses enable access to the entire suite of creative products, including software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. If you have an idea for students to use these products in your class, submit a proposal by August 1st at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9LixqBfqhmv3vN3.

JULY 13TH TEACHING AND LEARNING DAY
Please join us for our next Teaching and Learning Day, which will take place on July 13th from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Workshops will be provided by staff from the Faculty Center and the Center for Distributed Learning. Lunch will be provided for the first 30 registrants. Topics include motivating students, creating a positive classroom environment, and promoting student engagement in the online environment. Please visit http://fctl.ucf.edu/Events/TeachingAndLearningDays/ for scheduling and session details. You can register at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eeoyKRmVtRkdy0R before July 12th.

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN UPCOMING EMOJI STUDY
Research staff from the Faculty Center are creating a study to be conducted beginning in the fall semester prompting students via anonymous surveys to gauge their use and interpretations of emoji in educational settings. If you’re interested in having your class(es) included in the study and would like more information, please contact fctl@ucf.edu.

LET US KNOW YOUR EXPERTISE!
The Faculty Center is working to identify experts in various teaching methods among our faculty colleagues. If you have strong experience in any of the following major pedagogical approaches, we’d love to hear from you:

  • Inquiry-Guided Learning
  • Socratic Method
  • Case Study Method
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Creating and Delivering an Effective Lecture (Virtual and/or In-Person)
  • Managing Productive Student Groups
  • Effective Discussions
  • Learning (Including Role Plays, Service-Learning, Student Presentations)
  • Broad Teaching Approaches

Just drop an email to ann.miller@ucf.edu or eric.main@ucf.edu and tell us about what you’re doing with regard to a given teaching approach in your classes.

FACULTY WRITING CLUB SUMMER 2018
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!

Faculty Spotlight View Other Award Winners

Michael Strawser
College of Arts and Humanities Michael   Strawser Three goals that are central to my overall teaching philosophy are energy, respect, and edification. Energy: I believe that a good teacher should be dynamic, enthusiastic, and passionate for the subject, very knowledgeable and competent in communicating his or her knowledge. These are prope...

Ricardo Zaurin
College of Engineering & Computer Science Ricardo   Zaurin In my opinion, teaching is not only reciting concepts and formulas. The professor must be an integral and active part of the learning process ensuring that the information and knowledge is presented in a way that all students feel motivated and eager to learn.  I involve my students in the class, challenging ...

Terry Thaxton
College of Arts & Humanities Terry Thaxton I am a teacher of creative writing, dedicated to UCF, its students, and our community. My teaching, research, and service converge on writing a rigorous discipline and as an impetus for social change.   My first priority is creating an atmosphere in which students want to learn the craft of writing. I want ...