May - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
The annual Summer Faculty Development Conference, a campuswide collaboration that will involve over 200 faculty and staff members, will take place this Monday through Thursday. The theme is “Educating Students for the World beyond the Classroom.” Whether you’re already registered to participate or not, you are welcome to attend any and all sessions listed in the program, which you will find here: The planning team has put together excellent plenary and concurrent sessions that address a wide range of important and interesting topics. We hope to see you there! Also, due to a printing problem, the final spring edition of the Faculty Focus arrived in your mailbox late last week. If you’re not on campus over the summer, you can access the online version at
Have a great week!

In addition to traditional library tools, the library provides faculty and students with resources to assist in teaching and research. A few of these resources include Sage Research Methods, Web of Science, and Journal Citation Reports (JCR). These can be found in the Articles & Databases section of the UCF Libraries website.

Sage Research Methods – Selected full text of books, journal and reference content relevant to the exploration of research methods and concepts.
Web of Science – Citation Indexes for finding articles that cite a given author or citation.
JCR: Journal Citation Reports – Provides citation data for evaluating and comparing scholarly journals.

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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 ...

John Schultz
College of Sciences John  Schultz As a teacher, I believe my role is to generate excitement and interest in the classroom and to challenge students by providing a dynamic and experiential learning experience. Experiential learning not only increases student interest by building a learning community in the classroom, but also increases student unde...

Farrah M. Cato
College of Arts and Humanities Farrah M.  Cato My teaching has always focused on student-centered classrooms where critical thinking and active engagement are key. This foundation allows me to work on the primary goal of my pedagogy: to teach students how to use their education in the world around them. To this end, I employ a variety of strategies for differe...