August - Week 2

Hello Everyone-

Well it’s almost that time again! On Monday and Tuesday of this week the FCTL staff will be busy welcoming over 100 new colleagues to campus during New Faculty Orientation, but if you need assistance getting ready for the fall semester please stop by later in the week to talk about syllabi, assessment strategies, using technology and more. We look forward to helping you make this a successful semester. We’ve developed a new resource that may come in handy for you. Check out our new publication Teaching at UCF, a brief book that puts many of the key policies and processes related to our work in the classroom together in one place. Here’s that URL: Below is info about other activities coming up this week and beyond.
Have a great week!

Thursday, August 16th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, August 17th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Strategies for Teaching: The Basics and Beyond
Wednesday, Aug 15 1pm-5pm CL1-207
Join us for a discussion of best practices in teaching on topics such as syllabus design, lecturing effectively, classroom management / student interactions, lesson planning, creating and grading assignments, interactive techniques, and teaching with technology. This event will be especially valuable for faculty members who are relatively new to the classroom and would like some foundational information.
To register, please send the following information to

  1. Your name
  2. Your department

Fall 2012 Adjunct Retreat
Wednesday, August 15, 6pm-9pm (Nuts-and-Bolts)
Thursday, August 16, 2pm-5pm (Nuts-and-Bolts)
Saturday, August 18, 9am-4pm (Nuts-and-Bolts and Pedagogy)
Classroom Building-1, Room 207

We hold training sessions for adjunct faculty once per semester, covering both nuts-and-bolts (rosters, legal matters, syllabi) and more general pedagogy (how to hold effective and interesting lectures, increase student engagement, and build courses that are balanced and aligned between goals, objectives, assignments, and teaching practice). The retreat is either a three hour (nuts-and-bolts) or seven hour event (including more in-depth pedagogical topics) with an hour set aside for lunch on your own.

Some of the topics discussed will include:

  • Introduction to Campus Resources
  • Course Design, Goals & Objectives, Syllabi, Lesson Plans
  • Cheating, Plagiarism, and Disruptive Conduct
  • The Diverse Classroom Environment: Learning Styles
  • Instructional Methodologies, Assessment Techniques, PowerPoint, myUCF Grades
  • Group work, Problem-Based Learning (PBL), Collaboration
To register, please send the following information to
  1. Your name
  2. Your department
  3. Which date you'd like to attend

We will confirm registration the program a few weeks before the semester begins. Call (823-3544) or email the Faculty Center ( if you have questions.

UCF has supported the Greater Orlando Heart Walk for the past ten years. Provost Tony Waldrop has invited everyone on campus to get involved with this year's walk, which will take place on Saturday, September 15, at Loch Haven Park. Like many groups on campus, FCTL will have a team. Please consider joining our team as a walker or a donor.
To join our team, please go to this URL: and select "join our team".
For more information about the walk, go to

To prepare for the September event, we are leading walking sessions Monday – Thursday at 1:00, and we will walk around campus between 30 and 60 minutes. Feel free to join in when you can. We will meet at the Classroom Building Patio (the south side of the building facing the pond and cypress dome) and leave by 1:05. The sessions will start on Monday, August 6, 2012 and will run right up until the week before the walk. Route map attached. So put your walking shoes on and come join us! RSVP:

Submission Deadline is Dec. 1, 2012
Awards categories include General Fiction, Young Adult Literature, Children’s Literature, Florida Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular Fiction, Visual Arts, Spanish Language Book, and General Nonfiction. Entries, which can be submitted by anyone (e.g. publisher, author or literary agent), must have both an original publication date between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2012, and an International Standard Book Number (ISBN).
2012 winners will be announced in February 2013. For general information, entry form, requirements, and detailed instructions for the 2012 Florida Book Awards, visit

Join a faculty writing club to make the most of your summer. 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 Tuesday 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!

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Melody Bowdon, Director
UCF Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Phone: 407-823-3544



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