Below is information about upcoming activities and opportunities sponsored by a variety of groups on campus. If you have questions about this information, you can follow up with those entities using the links below.

Faculty members who are regularly involved and/or interested in general education are invited to apply for a special faculty development cohort sponsored by the College of Undergraduate Studies. For more information and to apply for the program, click here. Dates and times will be planned based on the schedules of participating faculty members. For more information, email

September 28, 2018– 1:00-4:00 p.m. – Live Oak Event Center
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Matthew Seeger, Dean, College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Seeger has been a faculty member and administrator at Wayne State University for 32 years.

ACE Women's Network at UCF Interactive panel tuesday, September 11, 3:00-5:00, Cape florida ballroom
All are welcome to attend this leadership event, which will include speakers Delaine Priest, Melody Bowdon, LaToya Hodge, and Lisa G. Jones (ACE Women's Network State Chair and fellow). The ACE Women’s Network facilitates the networking of women interested in pursuing leadership opportunities in higher education.
The event is FREE. Please join our panelists share some of their leadership journey in Higher Education.
For more information please email MC Santana at

Microsoft Teams was enabled earlier this month for all faculty and staff accounts and is now available for your use. When you login to Office 365 from the web, you will now see a new icon called "Teams". There are also PC and smartphone Teams applications that you can download and install on your device.
UCF IT is partnering with Microsoft to provide a web-based training session on September 13 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. to learn the basics of Microsoft Teams. You can register for the web based training at There is a limit of 500 live attendees for this web based training. If you are unable to attend the September 13 webinar, you will be able to watch the recorded video online at a later date.
In addition to the training, information and guidance about Microsoft Teams at UCF can be found at   
For questions and technical support related to Microsoft Teams please contact the UCF IT Support Center at:
Phone: 407.823.5117
Hours: 7:00am - 10:00pm, Monday - Friday

Share your experience and expertise in integrative learning!
Meeting Times: Five Friday mornings over the fall semester, 10:00-11:30 am, Sept 14, Sept 21, Oct 5, Oct 19, Oct 26
Location: UCF Main Campus – CB1 207
Grant: $500 for completion of workshops and deliverables.
Proposals Due: September 7, 2018
The mission of UCF’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), What’s Next: Integrative Learning for Professional and Civic Preparation, is to prepare our graduates to successfully enter and participate in the next steps of their professional and civic lives through integrative learning. In order to achieve this mission, the QEP has funded numerous faculty and staff projects, workshops, and events focused on creating a culture of integrative learning at UCF. As we enter the second phase of the QEP, we are now looking to create a durable yet dynamic repository of resources to share the expertise of those who have championed integrative learning at UCF.

This call for proposals is for faculty and staff who are interested in helping to build this repository. Workshop participants will work together and individually to create the template and initial content for this resource. No web design experience is required for this workshop, only your expertise.
Topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

  • reflection and metacognitive assignments
  • integrative-learning assignments
  • ePortfolio integration
  • student professionalization assignments
  • interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Integrative-Learning Experience (IE) designated courses
  • course-level student advisory boards

Deliverables may vary depending upon the topic but will include a brief profile in an “about me” section and some discussion of integrative learning which may include reflections on best practices, implementation, challenges, success stories, and examples.

Participants will receive $500 at the end of the fall 2018 semester upon successful completion of deliverables and attendance at the five collaboration meetings.
Space is limited. To apply, please send a brief statement (no more than 200 words) describing your area of integrative-learning expertise, how it benefits undergraduate students, and how it might translate across disciplines. For questions, or to apply, please contact

The QEP-sponsored Transfer Student Success Workshop Series seeks to help undergraduate faculty recognize the challenges facing transfer students and equip them with techniques to promote student success in the major and beyond.

We are seeking faculty who want to help improve our transfer student experience through participating in this fall 2018 workshop series. Special consideration will be given to two-member teams and to undergraduate program directors, faculty advisors, faculty mentors, and those teaching courses most frequently taken by transfer students during their first semester at UCF. Participants will receive $350 each for completion of this semester-long commitment.

The deadline for applications is Friday, September 7. Click Here or contact Jason Dodge (, for the applications process and more details.

Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence: Deadline to apply is Sept. 14
A key pillar of UCF's Collective Impact Strategic Plan is our promise to recruit, cultivate and retain exceptional and diverse faculty, students and staff. Faculty Excellence is seeking an additional Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence to co-lead the development and implementation of an inclusive excellence plan. The fellow will work with Dr. S. Kent Butler and the Faculty Excellence team, to improve faculty recruitment and retention with a 3-5 year plan, as well as lead research based on diversity and inclusion best practices. Learn more (link to

Scroll and Quill Society: Application now open!
The Scroll and Quill Society recognizes outstanding achievement in research and creative activities. The 2018-19 application period is now open for all UCF faculty members who have maintained continuous full-time faculty appointment at UCF since August 2008. Apply online by Sept. 21.

Women Faculty Self-Defense Class
Join us Friday, September 28 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the UCF Public Safety Building in the Police Department to learn tactics, options and information which may be useful for various types of crimes perpetrated against women. There are only 20 seats available, and are first come, first serve for women faculty. There is no charge, but you must be registered. Register by

Nominations are open for the Fall 2018 Marchioli Collective Impact Innovation Award.

This award provides a $5,000 cash or grant prize to a faculty member, a staff member or to a small team for an innovative program or initiative to help UCF achieve at least one priority metric from the Collective Impact Strategic Plan that can be scaled for greater impact.

The Fall 2018 deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Friday, September 21.

Nomination forms and award guidelines are on the UCF Collective Impact Strategic Plan website:

Questions? Contact Lisa Jones:

We moved; visit us in Trevor Colburn Hall, Suite 205.

Talk to a Peer Mentor:
We offer drop-in hours and appointments with Peer Mentors to help students make the most of their research experiences. Peer Mentors can help students determine which structured programs would be a good fit, go over funding opportunities, and discuss options for dissemination. Office hours can be found here: As always, if you or your students have questions, please contact our office at or 407-823-3125. 

Enroll in 4912 for 0 Credits (Mini-semester: Oct. 22 – Dec. 8):
The Registrar’s Office is offering a pilot process in Fall 2018 to enroll students who missed the registration window during add/drop. Please talk to your college’s advisors if you have student mentees who want to sign up for 4912 after the add/drop period. Students have to be enrolled for this short semester by October 26, as the semester runs from October 22 – December 8.

The Pegasus Review: UCF Undergraduate Research Journal Priority Deadline: September 17
Students who submit their research manuscripts to the URJ by the priority deadline (Monday, September 17) will receive a publication decision by the end of the Fall semester. The Pegasus Review is a multi-disciplinary journal reviewed by faculty, and published online at

The Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Award: Nominations due October 1
We are soliciting self-nominations from undergraduates for the Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Award (DURA). Awardees are recognized in our newsletter and, thanks to a partnership with SGA, receive a $200 scholarship for their efforts:

The Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR: is a go-to destination for faculty/designers in search of ideas for online and blended courses. Each entry is highly focused on one teaching practice with a solid description, concrete example(s), relevant professional practice or research literature, and key words connecting to other practices.

The editorial board of TOPR is pleased to announce a call for submissions for new TOPR entries from now until September 15, 2018. Authors will receive feedback on their submissions by October 31, 2018. Selected entries will be announced in December 2018.

Please consider submitting an entry using the submission form at:   

If you have any questions or access difficulties, please feel free to contact

Residence Life and Education is welcoming additional faculty members to facilitate an hour dialogue of their chosen topic to our residential students relating to social justice. 

This is our second year having faculty members being a part of our Social Justice Living Learning Community. In the past year, we have had faculty members facilitate dialogues on the following topics: intersectionality, indigenous populations in Canada, and secular and minority religions.  In addition, one of the faculty members had the opportunity to attend The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education in New Orleans with student leaders.

If you are wanting to engage with students outside of the classroom through your research as it relates to social justice, then this is the opportunity for you. We do recognize your time commitment to our students in the traditional classroom setting. The time commitment for this opportunity will be up to you. If you have any questions, please send them to  

The Faculty Center is happy to share information about events or activities that are relevant to faculty in the listserv each month. 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 the last Wednesday of the month 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 one month, with exceptions in special circumstances. Just send your announcements to and we will help to spread the word.

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Christopher Parkinson
College of Sciences Christopher   Parkinson As a hyperactive, quickly bored child, I presented a sizable challenge to my teachers. Conventional teaching methods did not work with me, but if given a problem to solve, I spent many hours and tried many strategies in my attempts to figure it out. My reluctance to use conventional learning styles then became an ...

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 ...