August - Week 4

Hello Everyone-

Below you’ll find info about activities coming up this week and beyond. Please contact us at FCTL if you have any questions.
Have a great week!

(All events will be held in CL1 207 unless otherwise noted. If you would like to participate in a workshop via webconferencing, please email to make arrangements.)

Wednesday, August 29th
Workshop: Academic Integrity and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Workshop: Prezi: A New, Free Alternative to PowerPoint 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 30th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Workshop: What Are My Students Really Learning? 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Friday, August 31st
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

If you are interested in meeting once a month or so with fellow new colleagues for a conversation about teaching, researching, balancing faculty roles, and anything else you’d like to discuss, please consider applying to be part of a Faculty Learning Community (FLC). Each interdisciplinary group of 10-12 will meet once per month in September, October, November, January, February, and March. In April we’ll have a finale event for all FLC participants. Topics to be covered in meetings will be finalized by participants but may include UCF-specific issues like writing across the curriculum and teaching and research awards, hot topics in higher education nationally and internationally, or strategies for personal and professional success. The application is attached and is due by August 29. If there is interest among experienced faculty, we may also form additional FLCs, so apply or inquire if you are interested.

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. Put your walking shoes on and come join us! RSVP:

Successful Women Seminar Series
“What else do you do?: The life of a woman professor – Discovering the community around you” M.C. Santana, Associate Professor, Digital Media School of Visual Arts & Design, Director of Women Studies Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Time: 3:00 – 4:30, Location: TBD

WRC De-Stress for Success
To promote a sense of community for women faculty across all disciplines at UCF (especially new faculty), and to encourage women faculty at UCF to participate in some of the opportunities and events on campus.
To participate, you will select from a diverse list of events that will be listed on our website. Those who participate in a minimum of 5 different events over the course of the semester will receive a WRC tote bag full of goodies. Please see click on link below for more information!!

WRC/FCTL Women’s Book Club
The Women’s Research Center and FCTL are pleased to announce that the Fall 2012 book club selection will be, “Women Don’t Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide” by L. Babcock and S. Laschever (Princeton University Press; ISBN 0-691-08940-X). This is an important study of how women can become their own best advocates by knowing how to ask for exactly what they want in their public and private lives. We will be meeting three times during the fall semester to discuss the book while eating our brown-bag lunches. We have purchased 4 copies of the book. If you would like to borrow one, please let contact Fran Ragsdale via email Dates are all Thursdays, September 13, October 25 and November 15, 2012. Times are Noon – 1:00pm FCTL CL1 - Room 207F
Women’s Research Center - Ice Cream Social To celebrate completing the first month of the semester, UCF Women’s Research Center invites you to our 1st Ice Cream Social, Thursday Sept 20, 2012 from 2:00-4:00pm, CL1 Room 207 (FCTL)
Come by and get the scoop about what’s going on at the Women’s Research Center. For more information visit .

This year FCTL is partnering with the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities to support a faculty fellow for academic integrity. Amelia Lyons of the Department of History will hold office hours every Thursday from 4:30 to 5:30 at FCTL. If you would like to learn more about the new system for handling possible academic integrity violations or talk about strategies for developing assignments that discourage academic dishonesty and promote deep learning, please stop by to chat with Amelia.

The Office of Student Involvement has asked that we extend on their behalf a special invitation for faculty to participate in homecoming activities this fall. The first 50 faculty members to arrive at the faculty reception table for Spirit Splash on Friday, November 2, will receive a free t-shirt. For details about the activities of homecoming week, go to

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 start your fall semester 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!

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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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