From the Library:

March 27, 2018: 2 - 3 p.m. in the Faculty Center (Classroom Building I, 205)
In today’s academic publishing environment, open access journals have become an increasingly common and used venue for publication by faculty, researchers, and students. However, open access publishing also prompts issues and concerns related to the publishing model and predatory publishing practices. In this session, Sandy Avila, Science Librarian, Ven Basco, Engineering Librarian, and Sarah Norris, Scholarly Communication Librarian will share information about open access, predatory publishing, and how to differentiate between credible and predatory journals, with an emphasis on STEM-focused publications. Areas to be explored will include how to identify spam email, fake metrics, predatory conferences, and other issues associated with predatory publishers. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own examples and experiences to the session.

If you are interested in attending but can’t make it in person, please join us remotely.

From Faculty Excellence:
New Programming 
We’re excited to announce that we’ve launched new programming for the 2018-19 Academic Year; click on the links below to learn more and apply today.

Upcoming Events

  • March is Women’s History Month and at UCF women have been instrumental in shaping our university from its origins into the amazing institution it is today. We are honored and privileged to celebrate 31 of these women with you, one for each day of the month of March!
  • March 28 – Leadership Series: Developing a Path in Academic Leadership, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Teaching Academy 130
  • March 28 – New/Expecting Faculty Parent Panel, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Teaching Academy 130
  • April 4 – What happens when the weight of our current situations is lifted through collective vulnerability, if even for a moment? What happens when we allow ourselves to be held by a stranger? By shifting the focus from high art to accessible art as activism, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz hopes to engage communities that might otherwise be alienated from contemporary art. From a soundtrack that evokes radical moments and nostalgia to a carefully planned costuming, movements and context, the form and content of The Pieta Projectwill deliver a much-needed moment of healing and connection to every individual who engages.
  • April 4 – Founders Day, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Student Union: Pegasus Ballroom
  • April 10 – Equal Pay Day, 9 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Student Union

Upcoming Award Deadlines

From Undergraduate Research
Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE)
SURE is an undergraduate research poster forum that will take place on April 5 in the Student Union during Research Week. Come support the record number of UCF undergraduates expected to present their research and creative projects in this year’s event. Having the opportunity to discuss their work with experts in the field is of enormous value to undergraduate researchers and greatly enriches the experience.

Learn more at a Spring 2018 Faculty Workshop (CB1 205)
Mentor Resources and Opportunities in Undergraduate Research (Monday, March 5, 2-3pm)
Effective Mentoring in Undergraduate Research (Monday, March 12, 2-3pm)
Integrating Research into the Curriculum (Wednesday, March 19, 2-3pm)

Undergraduate Research Grant (Applications due on March 30 for summer)
Students can apply for grants of up to $500 to support research costs; students traveling to conduct research are eligible for up to $1000 to support travel (i.e. flights, hotel). Group projects may be eligible for up to $1000.

From Student Development and Enrollment Services
Please join Student Development and Enrollment Services (SDES) to learn more about UCF Cares. University employees are encouraged to attend the upcoming UCF CARES training to learn more about working with students in distress, campus resources, and ways to help build a culture of care at UCF.

Spring Training Date/Times: March 20, 2018 at 1:00 p.m., 2:00p.m., or 3:00pm in RWC 206.  

If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, please RSVP to Ann Marie Palmer, Student Care Services, at least 24 hours prior to the training date. Learn more about UCF Cares by visiting:

For those unable to attend the in-person training, UCF Cares now offers an online training option through the UCF Cares Faculty and Staff Online Training module:  
This online training takes about 1 hour to complete and is eligible for 1 DEU credit.

Once the online training and quiz is completed, participants will need to submit the online DEU credit form
For more information, visit:

From Counseling and Psychological Services
CAPS would like to announce two innovative web based resources for our UCF students, faculty and staff. Kognito and TAO (Therapy Assisted On-Line) Self-Help. Both programs are free and accessible 24/7 through the CAPS website. Here is a bit more information about what TAO and Kognito are:

TAO Self Help is an interactive, web-based program that provides assistance to help overcome anxiety, depression, relationships/communication, and substance use concerns. TAO is based on well researched and highly effective strategies for helping the above concerns. You can choose to view short, but helpful videos, take part in brief exercises, use logs to track moods and progress, and have access to a Mindfulness Library.

Kognito is an aviator/simulation online tool that provides assistance to help users learn how to have a productive conversation with someone they are concerned about.  The program allows the users to enter a virtual environment and engage in role-play conversations with emotionally-responsive virtual humans. Through practice and receiving personalized feedback, users learn and assess their competency to lead similar conversations in real life. Key models and techniques include motivational interviewing, shared decision-making, emotional self-regulation, empathy, empathic accuracy, and reappraisal strategy. Just sign up and use the Enrollment Key: centralflorida

We are also offering 30-60 minute information sessions to various departments and student groups about how TAO and Kognito can help support you, your staff, and students. You can request this informational session here:

If you have any questions, please contact: Teresa Michaelson-Chmelir, PhD at CAPS or 407.823.2811.

From Center for Distributed Learning
Please join us on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 1 PM in the John C. Hitt Library room 161b or via Webinar to explore how you can continuously improve the learning experience for your students through the Quality and High Quality course review process, based on best practices and nationally recognized standards. As a feature of this 30-minte session, an instructor and instructional designer will showcase select items included in the Quality and High Quality course review process and describe beneficial outcomes from a faculty member’s perspective. A key resource will be the Quality and High Quality items which participants can use to meet their unique needs.

Register now to attend face-to-face OR online OR to receive a recording for later viewing at 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 Corrinne Stull at  

From University Writing Center
Dear colleagues, please consider encouraging outstanding students to join the 2018 cohort of peer tutors in the University Writing Center. Recruitment is currently under way.

Interested students may go to the  “Become a Consultant” tab on the UWC website: for more details. On this page, they’ll find links to the most recent course materials, so that they have a clear idea of what they’re signing up for:

The only prerequisite for ENC 4275: Theory & Practice of Tutoring Writing is ENC 1102. If you have students you’d like to recommend, please pass along their names and email addresses. I will reach out to them directly.

The Writing Center is committed to being a diverse and inclusive learning space. We are eager to hire students from a wide range of majors, especially STEM. First priority goes to sophomores and juniors who are interested in and available to work in the Writing Center for multiple semesters after completing the tutor-education course. Likewise, since so many student users of the Writing Center are multilingual, we are keen to recruit multilingual tutors. Good tutors don’t have to be your best writers. Most importantly, good tutors must be adept at interpersonal communication and working with peers. They must be flexible thinkers, open and available for learning.

Thank you for directing students our way.

From College of Education and Human Performance
Join us at our 20th Anniversary Celebration for a day of professional development, fun, and learning focused on celebrating literacy, Friday, April 6, 2018 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

2018 Symposium Registration Rates

  • Students: $10.00 (requires registration with official student email address)
  • Professionals: $20.00
  • UCF Faculty/Staff register for free (register today with your UCF email address to reserve your space) .
  • Onsite registration (Students with I.D. - $15; Professionals - $25)
  • Register more and save; for each 5 registrations, receive 1 registration free (applies to professional educators only)
  • Title I public school educator scholarships are available.

To learn more, register, or submit a proposal, visit: Interested in exhibiting? Email

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Faculty Spotlight View Other Award Winners

Terry Thaxton
College of Arts and Sciences Terry  Thaxton Iam a teacher of creative writing, dedicated to UCF, its students, and ourcommunity. I am poet and essayist. My teaching, research, and service convergeon writing a rigorous discipline and as an impetus for social change.Myfirst priority is creating an atmosphere in which students want to learn thec...

Seth Elsheimer
College of Sciences Seth  Elsheimer The job of a teacher is not only to present the material in a clear and organized way but also to show excitement and love for the subject. Much of what enticed me into teaching chemistry as a profession was the enthusiasm I sensed from several excellent instructors during my own education. I strive to bring t...

Xin He
College of Business Administration Xin He Teaching is a critical aspect of my career. It is also a privilege to be part of students’ learning processes and contribute to their intellectual growth. My undergraduate teaching philosophy can be summarized in two perspectives: passion and diversity in learning experience.First, passion is the key to a ...