August - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Welcome back! This week the Faculty Center staff will join with representatives from across campus to welcome around 120 new faculty colleagues. Our team will be out of the office most of the day Monday and Tuesday, but feel free to email us to schedule a time to talk if you have questions or need assistance getting ready for the new semester. We’ll get back to you as soon as we’re able. As you finalize course syllabi, remember to include a method for documenting students’ academic activity in Webcourses by Friday, August 24th. Check out CDL’s FAQ page about that process here. For information about other critical UCF policies related to teaching, check out this document and glance through the 2018-2019 edition of Teaching at UCF. And take a look at Fall 2018 programming offerings from the Faculty Center and Faculty Excellence as you make your fall plans.
Have a great week!
Melody

FACULTY CENTER HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK 
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 fctl@ucf.edu for information and assistance.

Thursday, August 16th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, August 17th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

FALL 2018 FACULTY CENTER PROGRAMMING
Every semester, the Faculty Center offers several opportunities to help faculty innovate or refine teaching techniques and learning activities. Events for the upcoming fall semester include three Course Innovation Projects:

  • Active-Learning Strategies for Classes of Different Sizes and Modalities
  • Teaching in Active-Learning Spaces
  • WAC Methods for Implementing Student Peer Review

and two book clubs:

  • Minds on Fire by Mark Carnes
  • A Guide to Teaching in the Active Learning Classroom: History, Research, and Practice by Paul Baepler et al.

Please visit http://fctl.ucf.edu/Events/FacultyDevelopmentCohorts/ for full details, dates, and registration instructions.

SEPTEMBER 7TH TEACHING AND LEARNING DAY
Please join us for our next Teaching and Learning Day, which will take place on September 7th from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Workshops will be offered that will provide strategies for implementing interactive teaching strategies in your classes. Lunch will be provided for the first 30 registrants. Please visit our page at http://fctl.ucf.edu/Events/TeachingAndLearningDays/ to see schedule and programming details. You can register at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2498GsbDWdUD7Vz before September 6th.

TOP HAT OFFICE HOURS
Vanessa Destounis, Top Hat Specialist for UCF, will host office hours on campus on Wednesday, August 22nd. Faculty are welcome to stop by with any Top Hat-related questions or concerns.

Where: Classroom Building 1, room 207g (Faculty Center conference room)
When: Wednesday, August 22nd from 9am to 11am & 1pm to 3pm

LET US KNOW YOUR EXPERTISE!
The Faculty Center is working to identify experts in various teaching methods among our faculty colleagues. If you have strong experience in any of the following major pedagogical approaches, we’d love to hear from you:

  • Inquiry-Guided Learning
  • Socratic Method
  • Case Study Method
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Creating and Delivering an Effective Lecture (Virtual and/or In-Person)
  • Managing Productive Student Groups
  • Effective Discussions
  • Learning (Including Role Plays, Service-Learning, Student Presentations)
  • Broad Teaching Approaches

Just drop an email to ann.miller@ucf.edu or eric.main@ucf.edu and tell us about what you’re doing with regard to a given teaching approach in your classes.

FACULTY WRITING CLUB SUMMER 2018
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!

Faculty Spotlight View Other Award Winners

Michael Strawser
College of Arts and Humanities Michael   Strawser Three goals that are central to my overall teaching philosophy are energy, respect, and edification. Energy: I believe that a good teacher should be dynamic, enthusiastic, and passionate for the subject, very knowledgeable and competent in communicating his or her knowledge. These are prope...

Karin Chumbimuni-Torres
College of Sciences Karin  Chumbimuni-Torres 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...

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...