August - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Remember to call or stop by if you need help getting ready for the fall semester.
Please note the following special announcements for this week:

  1. By now you’ve all heard about the Fall 2014 requirement that we document students’ academic engagement in all courses early in the term using Webcourses@UCF/Canvas. The Faculty Center is partnering with the Center for Distributed Learning to provide you with support for completing that task. Reps from both offices will be onsite in the Faculty Center (CB1 Room 207) from 8-5 Monday-Friday for the next two weeks. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance. The process need not take more than a few minutes to set up.
  2. Please consider donating food or funds to the campus Knights Pantry early in the semester. This is a particularly lean time for many of our students who face financial hardships, and we all know that it’s also a critical period that can make or break their success in a course. Drop off donations at the Faculty Center or click here to learn more about the pantry and to donate:
  3. Don’t forget to attend the Faculty Assembly hosted by President Hitt in Cape Florida Ballroom (Student Union 316) this Friday, August 15, at 3:00 p.m. This promises to be a great kick off for the fall semester!
  4. Putting the final touches on your fall syllabi? Check out the Faculty Center’s Semester Essential page, which includes required syllabus elements and a link to sample policy statements on a wide range of issues: See info about making your class accessibly to all students below in the weekly tip from Student Disability Services.
  5. There is lots of info below and attached about Faculty Center programming coming up this fall. We look forward to seeing you.
Have a great week!

All events will be held in CB1 207 unless otherwise noted. If you would like to participate in a workshop via webconferencing, please email to make arrangements.

Monday, August 11th
CDL/Faculty Center Open Hours for Faculty Assistance with Academic Activity Documentation Process 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
New Faculty Orientation 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Student Union

Tuesday, August 12th
CDL/Faculty Center Open Hours for Faculty Assistance with Academic Activity Documentation Process 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
New Faculty Orientation 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 13th
CDL/Faculty Center Open Hours for Faculty Assistance with Academic Activity Documentation Process 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, August 14th
CDL/Faculty Center Open Hours for Faculty Assistance with Academic Activity Documentation Process 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Adjunct Orientation 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Adjunct Orientation 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Monday, August 18th
CDL/Faculty Center Open Hours for Faculty Assistance with Academic Activity Documentation Process 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

See the attached flyer for more info about this opportunity for intellectual engagement with colleagues.

Join us this semester in conversations based on the book Applying Science of Learning in Education: Infusing Psychological Science into the Curriculum (2014), edited by Benassi, Overson and Hakala.  The collection contains articles from many well-known authors and mostly represents theory and research in cognitive psychology.  This is an eBook that can be obtained from the website of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) at  We will meet in the Faculty Center conference room, CB1-207, on five Thursdays during the Fall term: Sep 4, Sep 18, Oct 2, Oct 16, and Oct 30, 12:00 till 1:30 p.m.  Send RSVP to by Friday, Aug 29.

NEW THIS FALL: Flipped Teaching Circle
The flipped classroom teaching circle will be meeting to exchange ideas, share resources, and discuss topics related to flipping the classroom.  Meetings will be in the Faculty Center (Classroom Building I room 207) from 12-1pm on the following Mondays: 9/8, 9/29, 10/27, and 11/17.  Please email the Faculty Center at to sign up for the fall cohort.

This fall we will offer a series of seven workshops based on the book How Learning Works: Seven Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching (2010), Ambrose et al., eds.  The workshops will be offered multiple times throughout the semester as stand-alone topics.  We will offer the first two workshops in September, “Ways to Assess and Use Students’ Prior Knowledge to Increase Learning” and  “Strategies for Organizing Course Content to Increase Learning.”  More information to come!

As you work to prepare your fall courses, keep in mind the importance of making all course materials and activities accessible and inclusive for all students.  The Faculty Center partners with Student Disability Services and the Center for Distributed Learning to support you in this effort.  Reach out to any of our offices for assistance or information, and check out the following websites for more info:  SDS: CDL: Faculty Center: .

WEEKLY ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TIP FROM STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES Use the National Center of Disability and Access to Education “cheat-sheets” to assist you in creating accessible content. These free resources are catered to less-technical individuals. Visit

The UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty is pleased to announce the third year of the UCF Women of Distinction awards to highlight the achievements of outstanding women faculty at UCF. Three awards will be given in this year for “Excellence in Social Justice & Sustainability,” broadly defined. Accomplishments can be related to community service, service-learning, research, programming, and/or other forms of advocacy. Self-nominations are encouraged. Please visit CSWF website for more information and application

Having trouble getting into a good writing rhythm? Need to get away from your office for 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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