November - Week 3

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about upcoming programming at the Faculty Center and beyond. Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday!
Have a great week,
Melody

FACULTY CENTER WEBSITE MIGRATION
Over the next several months, the Faculty Center’s website will be transitioning to a WordPress site administered by the Division of Teaching and Learning. To help us with this move, we welcome input on what you like, dislike, or would like to see changed about the current site, http://fctl.ucf.edu/. The new site will not have the same navigational depth, so we look forward to hearing what your most frequently visited pages are, and if we can help you get to them any more easily. Please send comments or suggestions to fctl@ucf.edu

PRISON OUTREACH COHORT
We live in a time many scholars call “the era of mass imprisonment.” The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) is the third largest state prison system in the country and incarcerates just under 99,000 inmates in correctional facilities. The FDC offers GED, High School Diploma, and Vocational Certificates, but does not offer post-secondary education programs. Keri Watson (Assistant Professor, SVAD), who previously taught with the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project and the Cornell Prison Education Program, is looking for partners to help create a prison education program in the State of Florida. If you are interested, please email keri.watson@ucf.edu.

NEWS FROM THE CENTER FOR DISTRIBUTED LEARNING
The Center for Distributed Learning will be hosting a Tech Time for UDOIT (Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool).  This tool is available in your course navigation menu, and allows you to scan your course content for possible accessibility issues. The first half of the session will show you how to use the tool, and the second half will be a hands-on workshop.  Computers will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.

When: Wednesday, November 29th from 3-4pm
Where: Faculty Multimedia Center (Classroom Building 1, Room 202)
What to bring: A course you are ready to scan

UNIVERSITY PRESS OF FLORIDA HOLIDAY BOOK SALE
From newest releases to bestselling classics, all University Press of Florida books are on sale! View UPF's holiday catalog (bit.ly/HolidaySale17) or explore UPF's website (upress.ufl.edu) to find books on cooking, travel, photography, art, gardening, nature, fishing, sports, history, literature, archaeology and anthropology, Latin American and Caribbean studies, science and technology, and more. You'll find the perfect gift for every reader.

Order before December 15 with code XM17 to receive 20-40% off your order plus $1 per book shipping. You can also place your order by calling 800.226.3822. Orders over $50 will receive a free UPF tote bag. About the University Press of Florida: UPF is the official publisher for the State University System of Florida and has been engaging educators, students, and discerning readers since 1945.

FACULTY WRITING CLUB FALL 2017
Join a faculty writing club to start your fall 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!

NOTE ABOUT LISTSERV ANNOUNCEMENT SUBMISSIONS
The Faculty Center is happy to share information about events or activities that are relevant to faculty in the listserv each week. If you would like to request that we include an announcement, please email me a paragraph (three to four sentences) including a link to additional information if appropriate, by close of business on Wednesday for inclusion on the following Sunday. Please verify that all links are correct before submitting. Due to technological constraints we cannot include attachments or HTML formatted text. Remember to include critical details like the place and time for the event and feel free to suggest a headline. Announcements will run for two weeks, with exceptions in special circumstances. Just send your announcements to me at melody@ucf.edu and we will help to spread the word.

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Bruce M. Wilson
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Kristina Tollefson
College of Arts and Sciences Kristina   Tollefson I demonstrate a humanistic approach to teaching by modeling how to be a productive member of a learning community as I teach content, a lifelong aesthetic appreciation of art and theatre, and communication skills. My goal in exhibiting the behavior I ask my students to practice, including enthusiasm for th...

Edward Dandrow
College of Arts and Humanities Edward     Dandrow Every course I teach is a shared learning experience, in which I serve as a mentor and guide to help students develop the knowledge, analytical and communication skills, and confidence necessary to succeed both inside the academy and in the world outside the university. The success I have had in the classroom i...