I hope you’re having a good summer. Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Remember that final textbook adoptions for fall are due to the bookstore this Friday, July 3rd. This applies to any required textbooks and instructional materials, including course packets and clickers, so reach out to our office if you need assistance with making an adoption decision about a classroom response device. Also, if you’re teaching Summer B, remember to include an academy activity verification assignment in your course. Let us know if the Faculty Center can help.
Have a great week!
HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK
Tuesday, June 30th
Narrated PowerPoint Presentations 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 2nd
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
STEM EDUCATION RESEARCH READING GROUP
Interested in STEM Education but need motivation to keep up with the research? The STEM Education Research reading group will be meeting to discuss and reflect on recent literature. Anyone is welcome to attend. Contact Erin Saitta (Erin.Saitta@ucf.edu) or Jackie Chini (Jacquelyn.Chini@ucf.edu) for more information including the current readings. Note: Meetings will be held in the Physical Sciences Building, room 146 on 7/9 and 7/23 from 1-2pm.
INVITATION TO JOIN DIGITAL STORYTELLING INTEREST GROUP
In response to the popularity of our Teaching and Learning Day 2015 keynote presentation on digital storytelling, the Faculty Center will host a digital storytelling interest group. This group will explore possibilities of using digital storytelling in various courses and discuss how to design digital storytelling assignments, align assignments with course objectives, and use digital storytelling technologies (such as WeVideo). If you are interested in participating in this group, please contact Lissa Pompos at Melissa.Pompos@ucf.edu.
STUDENT CARE SERVICES
As you prepare for Summer B and Fall 2015 classes, Student Care Services would like to remind you of resources and support options available for students in distress. We must all play a role in supporting students who display signs of distress. Some signs of distress visible in the classroom and beyond can include: changes in behavior or appearance, poor hygiene, decreased eye contact or communication skills, missing class, or attending class under the influence of alcohol or other substances. Student Care Services has also seen an increase in students with severe financial struggles that are impacting their ability to be successful personally or academically. If you notice any signs of distress, please reach out to the student or refer them to Student Care Services. Ways to refer include e-mailing us at email@example.com or visiting scs.sdes.ucf.edu and completing a Student of Concern form.
If you are unsure or feel uncomfortable referring a student, please contact Student Care Services to troubleshoot the situation. You can also share a helpful resource link with students through your syllabus: www.ucfcares.com. UCF Cares provides many campus and community resources in the areas of safety and wellbeing, mental health, sexual violence, and respect.
Student Care Services staff can also attend an upcoming staff meeting to provide additional training or answer any questions you may have about how to assist and support students.
Our faculty resource guide: http://scs.sdes.ucf.edu/docs/faculty-resources.pdf
Additional FAQs are available on our website: http://scs.sdes.ucf.edu/faq#staff
Remember, if you have an immediate cause of concern or a student is exhibiting aggressive behavior, please call the UCF Police Department at 407-823-5555 or 911. Counseling and Psychological Services provides students with a free 24/7 hotline at: 407-823-2811.
Thank you for helping to keep our campus safe for everyone!
FALL FOOTBALL THURSDAY GAME DAYS: REMINDER FOR YOUR SYLLABUS
UCF will host two Thursday evening football games this fall, on Sept. 3 against Florida International University and on Nov. 19 against East Carolina University. Please keep the following details in mind as you plan for fall classes. The Sept. 3 game will kick off at 6 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Because of the early kickoff time, classes on the main campus, in the Central Florida Research Park, at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management and on UCF's regional campuses will conclude at noon. Offices at those locations also will close for normal operations at noon in order to allow adequate time for a smooth transition to game day activities, which will begin at 1 p.m. UCF will return to its usual weekday football game schedule for the Nov. 19 game, which will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
On Nov. 19, classes on the main campus, in the Central Florida Research Park, at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management and on UCF's regional campuses will be conducted through 3 p.m. University operations at those locations also will close at 3 p.m., and game day activities will begin at 4 p.m. Faculty members who have classes in progress at noon on Sept. 3 or at 3 p.m. on Nov. 19 may choose to conduct the portions of those sessions that come before the closing time.
NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
This year, at the Diversity Breakfast, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be reinstating our longstanding practice of presenting awards to organizations and individuals who have shown commitment and dedication to advancing the university's fourth strategic goal of "becoming more inclusive and diverse." Applications for the three Diversity & Inclusion Impact Awards may be downloaded from our website at www.diversity.ucf.edu. The deadline to submit an application is 12:00 Noon on Friday, August 14, 2015. The awards will be presented at the Diversity Breakfast on October 12, 2015.
Diversity Week Student Poster Contest
This year, our Knights are once again invited to participate in the Diversity Week Student Poster Contest and to share their creative sides with the UCF and Central Florida communities. To enter and for complete rules, participants may visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's website at www.diversity.ucf.edu. The first place winner will be the poster that best represents the 2015 Diversity Week theme: RESPECT UCF: Engaging, Exploring and Advancing an Inclusive Culture. Entries should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Winners will be announced on Monday, July 13, 2015.
NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY
New UCF Libraries Website
If you are linking to the UCF Libraries website from your course or syllabus, please be aware that your links might need to be changed. The UCF Libraries will be unveiling a completely new and re-designed website later this summer. A link to the new site will be available on the Libraries current site in mid-July. The new site will be fully live before the Fall semester begins. Contact Carrie Moran (email@example.com), User Engagement Librarian, for questions and other feedback.
DO YOU STUDY LEARNING SPACES?
The Faculty Center is bringing together a group of faculty members across campus who study learning spaces and their impacts on classroom outcomes. If you conduct this kind of research and/or are interested in doing so, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
College of Sciences As an instructor I use four specific pedagogical techniques to encourage an engaged environment: 1) remain organized, 2) develop examples connecting course content to salient student situations, 3) align course concepts with employment opportunities, and 4) be available to students. Organization may seem like ...
College of Education I have the honor and privilege to be a mathematics educator. My responsibilities are plentiful as I seek to inspire my students with a desire to learn. I find the establishment of a positive, caring learning environment, one that encourages students to "believe in yourself with dedication and pride" to be priceles...
College of Sciences My driving force in teaching is to foster the best undergraduate education for my students. To accomplish this, I make sure to be involved with my students in and out of the classroom. I have observed that by caring, supporting them and serving as role model, I can impart the necessary motivation students need...