January - Week 3

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Please note that the Faculty Center will host workshops on applying for the SOTL award this Wednesday, January 22, at 1:00 p.m. and Tuesday, February 11, at 10 a.m. in CB1 207. Find info about the 2014 summer conference here: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/Events/SummerConference/. The application site for the Faculty Center track is available here: http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_d5p7WaQ9rvx6ta5
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 fctl@ucf.edu to make arrangements.)

Tuesday, January 21st
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 22nd
Book Club: Bossy Pants, by Tina Fey (co-hosted by the CSFW) 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Workshop: SoTL Award Workshop 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Friday, January 24th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Building Instructor Credibility 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Subject: Let Your Students Know About Writing Support from the University Writing Center

  • As you begin your spring courses, please let your students know about the University Writing Center, including its new location in 105 Colbourn Hall: (http://uwc.ucf.edu/syllabustext.php).
  • Trained peer tutors are available to assist your students from first-year to graduate with writing for any UCF course, as well for as personal and professional writing. Consultations are available for individuals and small groups, both face-to-face and online. Students may schedule appointments from the UWC website: (http://uwc.ucf.edu/).
  • For more intensive assistance with writing, we encourage you to recommend students for weekly consultations: (http://uwc.ucf.edu/referstudents.php).
  • Also, the UWC offers a variety of helpful writing resources on the web for faculty, staff, and students: (http://uwc.ucf.edu/handouts.php).

Message from Dr. Joel L. Hartman, Vice Provost, Information Technologies and Resources
In recognition of the increasing role of online learning at UCF, I am pleased to announce that the 2014 Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching is open for submissions. This peer-selected award acknowledges the outstanding work being done by UCF's faculty members who teach online. All full-time faculty are eligible, including both tenure-earning and non-tenure-earning. The award’s goal is to recognize our most innovative and effective online faculty. The winner will receive an iPad and registration to the annual Sloan-C conference on online learning. Details about the award and submission instructions can be found at http://award.online.ucf.edu/. Specific questions should be directed to the Center for Distributed Learning at distrib@ucf.edu. The deadline for nominations is February 14, 2014.

The Office of Undergraduate Research will be sending a team to the Council on Undergraduate Research: Integrating Undergraduate Research into the Curriculum Institute. This will be held at Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL on March 28-30. More information about this institute is available at: http://www.cur.org/conferences_and_events/institutes/integrating_undergraduate_research_into_the_curriculum/

OUR will fund the (1) institute, (2) group carpool mileage, and (3) two night hotel accommodation for selected faculty.
If you are interested in attending please send me an interest email to Kim Schneider (KRS@ucf.edu) by January 10 with the following:

    Name, department, current position
  • Confirm availability on March 28-30 and willingness to meet the UCF team 1 time before the institute and 2 times after the institute.
  • Details about the course you want to strengthen through the institute (2-3 sentences)
  • Why you think the opportunity would benefit your growth as a researcher and instructor (2-3 sentences)
Faculty accepted for funding MAY have to apply for the program separately. Questions? Contact KRS@ucf.edu.

Join a faculty writing club to 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 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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Faculty Spotlight View Other Award Winners

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 ...

Stephen Kuebler
College of Sciences Stephen  Kuebler My teaching philosophy is that pedagogic activities should be guided by the principal: “Do this if it enables students to learn.” My teaching practices should empower students to take ownership of their education and help them realize that they are responsible for their learning outcomes. When students...

Jacqueline LaManna
College of Nursing Jacqueline LaManna I love teaching! I love nursing! Fortunately, the educator role is integral to nursing practice. I have been afforded the opportunity to teach in a variety of positions for most of my nursing career. Each of these experiences has provided the foundation for my philosophy of teaching.I believe that pre-licensure ...