September - Week 3

Hello Everyone-
I hope that you and yours have come through the past week well. The anxiety and disruption of our shared experience is a lot to manage, but the teams of the Faculty Center, the Center for Distributed Learning, and the Office of Instructional Resources are available to provide teaching-related support for you. Below you’ll find information about those efforts as well as other upcoming programming at the Faculty Center and beyond.
Have a good week,

No later than the the end of the day on, Monday, September 18, you will be able to access a variety of resources related to hurricane course adjustments (including instructions for making and publishing screen-capture videos in order to provide students with essential lecture content that they have missed due to the storm) at this URL:

Staff from the Faculty Center will be available all week from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm to help faculty prioritize learning outcomes, assessment strategies, and course content when making curricular changes.  We will offer advice for revising your syllabus, schedule, and lectures. Please bring copies of any relevant course documents that you need to revise. Team members from CDL will also be available in the Faculty Center for many hours this week.

Finally, the Faculty Center and CDL will offer workshops on tips for making mid-semester course changes. If you cannot attend in person, please RSVP, and we will send you a link for participating remotely. Times include:
Monday, September 18th 10:30 – 11:30
Tuesday, September 19th 2:00 – 3:00
Wednesday, September 20th 12:00 – 1:00

The activities below will take place in the Faculty Center (Classroom Building One, Room 207) unless otherwise noted. If you would like to participate virtually, please email for information and assistance.

Monday, September 18th
Making Post-Hurricane Course Adjustments—10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205

Tuesday, September 19th
Making Post-Hurricane Course Adjustments—2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205

Wednesday, September 20th
Making Post-Hurricane Course Adjustments—12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205

Thursday, September 21st
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Strategies for Addressing Student Readiness for Learning—11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205. See details below.

Friday, September 22nd
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Strategies for Addressing Student Readiness for Learning
Students' prior knowledge may have gaps, inaccuracies, or insufficiencies that will hinder learning new concepts. In this session we will examine methods for diagnosing students' prior knowledge, for addressing problems that arise from too much cognitive load, and for scaffolding complex learning tasks.

Contemplative Practices in the Classroom Special Interest Group (Thursdays)
Led by Eric Main & Amanda Wolcott
“What if we were to take seriously the possibility that our students have a rich and authoritative inner life and tried to nourish it rather than negate it?” – Mary Rose O’Reilley
Are you interested in learning about applying contemplative practices in your classroom, looking to deepen your practice, or willing to be a part of a community of scholars who understand the benefits of contemplative pedagogy for both students and instructors? The Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning is hosting a special interest group in Fall 2017 and we would like you to join. The SIG will meet from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on the following Thursdays: September 28, October 12, October 26, and November 9. If you are interested in participating, email

There is a new integration method between Turnitin and Canvas.  To learn how to create Turnitin assignments within your Webcourse, see this linked video: Feel free to reach out to the Faculty Center if you have any questions regarding

All faculty, staff and students are welcome and encouraged to participate in UCF's 2017 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration! For more event information, please visit:  

Economic Crisis and Migration in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico has experienced its largest migration wave since the onset of the economic recession in 2006. This presentation will estimate the magnitude of the Island’s population displacement to the United States, particularly to Florida, as a result of the ongoing economic downturn, and assess the multiple effects of population loss in Puerto Rico. It will also analyze the spectacular growth of the Puerto Rican population in the Orlando metropolitan area. Guest Speaker: Dr. Jorge Duany, Director of Cuban Research Institute and Professor of Anthropology at Florida International University.
September 21, 2017     6:00-8:00PM     UCF Global, Room 101
 Hosted by: Latino Faculty and Staff Association
Contact: Dr. Cyndia Muñiz, 407-823-2718,

Latino Culture, Leadership and Contribution
Juana Bordas, President of Mestiza Leadership International, will facilitate this workshop based on her book The Power of Latino Leadership: Culture, Inclusion, and Contribution.      
October 11, 2017     3:00-4:30PM     Barbara Ying Center, Room 101
Hosted by: Latino Faculty and Staff Association; Dreamers at UCF
Contact: Dr. Cyndia Muñiz, 407-823-2718,

Hispanic Heritage Month Closing Celebration
Come celebrate the closing of Hispanic Heritage Month at UCF! This culminating event will feature Keynote Speaker- Juana Bordas, President of Mestiza Leadership International, whose message “Shaping the Bright Future of America” will set the tone for the rest of the academic year. Juana Bordas is the author of Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age and The Power of Latino Leadership. The program will conclude with savory traditional Latino cuisine and musical genres. 
October 12, 2017     12:00-2:00PM     SU Pegasus Grand Ballroom

This October marks the 25th anniversary of the celebration of diversity and UCF efforts to build an inclusive learning and professional environment. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion asks for your participation – in the classroom, with your colleagues, with your department. We count on everyone on campus to contribute to this celebration and to foster inclusion. This year’s theme is “Transform and Inspire Inclusion.” Encourage the engagement of your students and department; submit an event online and access the Week’s calendar at (some Diversity Action Grants are available to support - ).

The UCF Biology department will host a one-day conference on Plants Beyond Limits: Building A Better Future With Plant Science at UCF main campus on November 10, 2017. The conference aims to highlight the values of plants in defining a better future for us and for the changing society. If you are interested in being a part of the conference, please let us know through this short survey. We will get back to you with more information.

Help your students make the most of their research…have them talk to a Peer Mentor:
Undergraduate Research offers drop-in hours and appointments with Peer Mentors to help students who are new to research, or those who are currently engaged in research, make the most of their experience. Peer Mentors can help students determine which structured programs would be a good fit, go over funding opportunities, discuss options for disseminating their research, and answer other questions your student may have about research at UCF. The Peer Mentors are available four days a week and their schedule can be found here: As always, if you or your students have questions, please contact our office at or 407-823-3125.

Undergraduate Research Journal: Fall Publication Opportunity For Undergraduate Researchers
The Undergraduate Research Journal fall priority extended deadline is September 25th. Students can submit completed manuscripts for publication of research done at the undergraduate level with a faculty mentor. Please see the URJ website for more details or contact us at

Scroll and Quill Society
The Scroll and Quill Society recognizes outstanding achievement in research and creative activities. The 2017-18 application period is now open for all UCF faculty members who have maintained continuous full-time faculty appointment at UCF since August 2007. Apply online by Sept. 22

Publish or Parent? Managing Research Productivity for Faculty with Children
Monday, September 18, 2017 11 a.m. to noon
This workshop designed for all faculty will describe what we know works regarding time management, networking, research and writing skills, and productivity, all while balancing the demands of parenting. Special emphasis will be given to the unique parenting challenges faced by women faculty. Participants will have the opportunity to network with colleagues from around campus that are experiencing the same challenges and leave with strategies that can help them boost their research productivity.
Speaker: Dr. Yara Asi, College of Health and Public Affairs, Health Management and Informatics

Women's Self-defense Class
Monday, September 25, 2017 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Faculty Excellence Center for Success of Women Faculty is pleased to offer UCF women faculty a Women’s Self-defense Class with instructors from the UCF Police Department who have been trained by the National Self-Defense Institute
The course is designed to provide attendees with information, tactics, and options which may be useful for various types of crimes perpetrated against women.
Click here for more information and to register.

Faculty Excellence Leadership Series: Mentoring for Success
Thursday, September 28, 2017 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
In this session, faculty administrators with extensive mentoring experience will offer faculty members strategies for building mentoring networks at UCF and in their own fields that move beyond the one-on-one mentor model, recognize the value of diverse perspectives, and position faculty for broad impact and advancement.

  • Melody Bowdon, Associate Dean, College of Undergraduate Studies, Executive Director, Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, Professor of Writing and Rhetoric
  • John Weishampel, Professor and Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies

Ace Your Research Portfolio
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Training by the UCF Libraries and Web of Science (WoS) to meet the potential needs such as: citation for T&P, grant application, prestigious awards, identifying quality publications, collaborators and funders. Six sessions covering various topics for mid-career or early-career faculty.  RSVP by October 11, 2017 to Sign up for any or all. Snacks, coffee and lunch provided.  Click here to view detailed schedule.

In anticipation of World Heart Day, UCF Heart Day will provide free hands-only CPR instruction to the UCF community on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Twenty-minute hands-only CPR sessions will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Key West Ballroom of the Student Union (Room 218). The sessions will also include instruction on the use of AEDs and information about heart health. Hands-only CPR is cardiopulmonary resuscitation without mouth-to-mouth. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting, such as at home, work, or in a public place.

UCF Heart Day is a collaboration among UCF Environmental Health and Safety, the Department of Security and Emergency Management, the UCF Police Department, UCF Student Government Association, Orange County Fire Rescue, and other community partners. World Heart Day will be celebrated across the globe on Friday, Sept. 29.

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!

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 and we will help to spread the word.

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