Hello Everyone-
Starting this month we will have a change in our listserv format. Once each month I will post information about events, activities, and opportunities sponsored by our partner units. We hope this will make it easier for readers to process the information and to identify the hosts of each event and to make plans to attend, apply, etc., in advance. We will continue to have a weekly post featuring only events hosted or co-hosted by the Faculty Center. If there is an activity you’d like to share with the nearly 1000 monthly recipients of this message, please email fctl@ucf.edu to let us know.

QEP Integrative Learning Awards Call for Proposals
The Division of Teaching and Learning and the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) are pleased to announce the Integrative Learning Awards Program. To date, the QEP has funded 50 awards totaling over $330,000. 
In its third year, the program invites proposals for projects that address the QEP’s theme, What’s Next: Integrative Learning for Professional and Civic Preparation. There are two award categories:

  • Enhancement Awards provide up to $3500 for one-year projects;
  • Program Innovation Awards offer up to $10,000 for two-year projects.

UCF faculty and staff may submit proposals via email (QEP@ucf.edu) no later than Friday, February 23. To learn more and download the application form, visit the QEP Website.
If you have questions about the Integrative Learning Awards Program, please contact Anna Jones, QEP Director (Anna.Jones@ucf.edu) or Brooks Pingston, QEP Coordinator (Brooks.Pingston@ucf.edu).

Spring 2018 QEP-Sponsored Course Designation Workshop
Develop or revamp your course to gain the Integrative-Learning Experience (IE), Research Intensive (RI), or Service-Learning (SL) designation in this five-session workshop.
Meeting Times: Five Friday mornings (Jan 26, Feb 16, Mar 2, Mar 30, and Apr 20) from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: UCF Main Campus – Teaching Academy (TA201)
Grant: $250 for completion of workshops and deliverables, plus $250 for achieving the designation
Proposals Due: January 19, 2018

UCF aims to provide students with the best undergraduate education in the state of Florida. To support this goal, the university is introducing two new High-Impact Practice Course Designations to go along with the existing Service-Learning (SL) designation: Integrative-Learning Experience (IE) and Research Intensive (RI). High-Impact experiences give students an opportunity to excel in and out of the classroom. These three designations are available to help faculty promote their high-impact courses and to allow students to quickly identify them during registration. The application process to designate a course is planned to begin in fall 2018. For more information on the three course designations, visit the Division of Teaching and Learning Website.

Faculty interested in developing or revising a course to prepare to apply for the designation in fall 2018 have the opportunity to apply for this five-session workshop. Participants will hear from faculty experts and work hands-on with their peers to create course plans and assignments.

Space is limited. To apply to participate in the workshop series, please send a brief statement (no more than 200 words) describing which of your courses you plan to workshop, in which designation track (IE, RI, or SL) you wish to participate, and whether you are developing a new course or revamping an existing course.

For questions, or to apply, please contact QEP@ucf.edu.

Pegasus Professor
The UCF Pegasus Professor Award honors and rewards highly successful teaching, research and creative activity, and service accomplished by senior members of the university faculty. Nominations are now being accepted. Applications are due to Faculty Excellence no later than Friday, January 19, 2018. For guidelines and additional information please visit the Faculty Excellence Website.

Reach for the Stars
The UCF Reach for the Stars Award honors and rewards highly successful research and creative activity accomplished by early-career university professionals. Nominations are now being accepted. Applications are due to Faculty Excellence no later than Friday, January 19, 2018. For guidelines and additional information please visit the Faculty Excellence Website.

Leadership Series: Extending and Measuring Scholarly Reach and Impact
Thursday, January 18, 2018 noon to 1:30 p.m., Teaching Academy, 130
In this session, Scholarly Communication Librarian Sarah Norris and Digital Initiatives Librarian Lee Dotson will explain how faculty can further publicize, disseminate, and measure the reach of their scholarship through UCF’s Showcase of Text, Archives, Research & Scholarship (STARS). Benefits of using this digital repository of scholarship include enhanced searchability and tracking of impact using alternative metrics. The session will also feature faculty member Barry Mauer, who has created a successful author profile and collection in STARS.

Women’s History Month
March is Women’s History Month and UCF has celebrated this event for the past five years by recognizing and applauding one faculty or staff member each day of the month. These amazing women (and men) are recognized for their dedication to the advancement of women in the academic world, specifically at UCF. 

To nominate a colleague, please fill out the Women’s History Month Recognition 2018 form located under Women Faculty Recognition by clicking here and submit it to Linda WaltersNominations are due by Jan. 19. To honor as many of our colleagues as possible, we only allow individuals to be recognized one time. A list of past honorees is available here.

CV Review Sessions
Monday, January 29, 2018, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Teaching Academy, 130
Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Teaching Academy, 130

This is an opportunity for you to have a seasoned faculty member review and give constructive feedback on your vita. Bring a hard copy of your CV and drop in any time during the block of time the session is offered. You will be assigned to a seasoned faculty member who will review and give feedback on your CV in 15 minutes. This is open to all ranks/types of faculty (e.g., tenure earning, tenured, non-tenure earning).

Reviewers include Pegasus Professors, previous university and college promotion and tenure committee members and chairs, and other experienced faculty. To the extent possible, we will accommodate requests for meeting with multiple reviewers.

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Terry Thaxton
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Aubrey Jewett
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