August - Week 3

Hello Everyone-
Welcome to Fall 2018! Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. 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. Finally, we hope you’ll decide to join us for fall programming. See below for details.

Also, as we prepare to start the Fall semester, we wanted to remind you to report any unapproved solicitors attempting to enter your classes to UCF Business Services at 407-446-8827. Last spring the university had reports from UCF Police regarding  solicitors who were attempting to sell paintball memberships and claiming they were from “event services.” Please be aware they are NOT affiliated with the university and they do NOT have permission to be on campus.  

Have a great first week of classes,
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 23rd
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, August 24th
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 (application deadline 8/27)
  • Teaching in Active-Learning Spaces (application deadline 8/20)
  • WAC Methods for Implementing Student Peer Review (application deadline 8/27)
  • 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.

UPCOMING TEACHING AND LEARNING DAYS AT THE FACULTY CENTER
For each of the following events, please visit our page at http://fctl.ucf.edu/Events/TeachingAndLearningDays/ to see schedule and programming details.

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. You can register at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2498GsbDWdUD7Vz before September 6th.

September 28th Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Day
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Day will offer an opportunity for faculty to explore study-design, SoTL methodologies, and data management and treatment as these topics relate to their own SoTL projects. Representatives from FCTL, IKM, OEAS, as well as an experienced SoTL researcher will facilitate sessions throughout the day. A panel of faculty from various disciplines who engage in SoTL research will share their experience and expertise. You can register at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d4fD6vpFGNVa3at before September 27th.

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 FALL 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

George Bagley
College of Sciences George Bagley If there is a paramount object to teaching, it should be community. Community leads to confidence among my students that the course will be dynamic, will add to their own intellectual growth, while simultaneously ensuring that each point of view will be respected, all assumptions lying at the heart of the complex ...

Seth Elsheimer
College of Sciences Seth  Elsheimer The job of a teacher is not only to present the material in a clear and organized way but also to show excitement and love for the subject. Much of what enticed me into teaching chemistry as a profession was the enthusiasm I sensed from several excellent instructors during my own education. I strive to bring t...

Kristin Congdon
College of Arts and Humanities Kristin  Congdon Because I teach about art, film, aesthetics, and the humanities (with a focus on visual art), I feel blessed by having disciplines that make it easy for me to capture the attention of my audience. Everyone who can see, and even those who visualize only in their mind’s eye, can become engaged with ...