Thursday, September 19, 2013

FLOWHE 2013-2014 Kickoff Event



FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2013, 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
This is a free event but you do need to register to reserve a seat. 
Click this link to register
 Lunch can be ordered for $15.Contact Tina Holland, or 620-3823, for more information

Dr. Rossbacher has served as president of Southern Polytechnic in Marietta, Georgia since 1998.  She graduated from Dickinson College (Geology, summa cum laude), received Masters’ degrees in Geology from the State University of New York at Binghamton and Princeton University, and earned her Ph.D. (Geological and Geophysical Sciences) at Princeton University.  She has worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA, a geothermal exploration company, and National Public Radio, in addition to serving as a faculty member and administrator at California State Polytechnic University – Pomona, Whittier College, and Dickinson College.  She has also served as interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer for the University System of Georgia.  Dr. Rossbacher was the first woman geologist to become a university president in North America.  Her bimonthly column has appeared in the magazine Geotimes (renamed Earth in 2008) since 1988, and she has authored books on geology, science, and the media.  Her research interests focus on the role of water and water ice on the planet Mars and on higher-education leadership.  In 1984, she was a finalist in NASA’s astronaut selection process.  She is the current chair of the American Council on Education Women’s Network Executive Council and serves as a trustee of the Geological Society of America Foundation and the Dahlgren Heritage Foundation.

Looking Ahead…a series of quarterly FLOWHE Focus meetings are planned for 2014 – please note that dates are tentative and will be confirmed once meeting space in confirmed.   

Winter – January 10th – Women’s Health and Nutrition
Spring – April 11th – What Your Wardrobe Says About You
Summer – June 13th – Using Your Mobile Devices

For more information on FLOWHE, please contact our FLOWHE Institutional representatives:  Florida State College at Jacksonville:   Karen Arlington, or 633-8317 or University of North Florida:  Tina Holland, or 620-3823

Transformational Learning Opportunity (TLO) Workshops

The Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Office of Faculty Enhancement (OFE) will be hosting two workshops to help faculty plan for Transformational Learning Opportunities (TLOs) and to apply for the TLO Grant Program. The first session will provide an overview of the program and foundational perspectives. The second session will provide a hands-on workshop for developing effective assessment strategies.
The TLO Application Deadline for projects taking place in 2014-2015 (July 1 2014 - June 30, 2015) is October 17, 2013 by 5pm. Find more details on the TLO Application webpage.

Designing Successful Transformational Learning Opportunities (TLOs)
Friday, September 27, 2013, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Social Sciences Building 51, Room 1205
Faculty and staff interested in applying for Transformational Learning Opportunity (TLO) funds are invited to attend the TLO workshop titled, "Designing Successful Transformational Learning Opportunities (TLOs)." This session will provide an overview of the TLO concept, some examples of past successful TLOs, and guidelines for applying for financial support.   

Manageable and Meaningful Assessment of Transformational Learning Experiences
Thursday, October 3, 2013, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
OFE/FA Conference Room, Building 16, Room 3108
UNF Faculty who apply for TLO funding design a wide variety of truly transformational learning experiences for students. Designing an assessment plan both enhances the TLO application and provides an important way to maximize student benefit from the experience.  Yet assessing transformational learning objectives can be difficult because the objectives can be difficult to define, and because TLOs may not include graded assignments in the same way as other classes do. This workshop will help participants define transformational learning objectives and develop manageable assessment strategies for determining the impact of the TLO experience. Faculty and staff interested in applying for Transformational Learning Opportunity (TLO) funds are especially encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Upcoming Project Kaleidoscope Events

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) is an education reform initiative in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields supported by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Below are a list of conferences and events offered by PKAL. Those interested in teaching in the STEM disciplines might be interested in attending or presenting at some of these conferences.

We are pleased to announce that the Transforming STEM Education Conference will be held October 31- November 2, 2013, in San Diego, CA. This Conference will address three primary themes:

  • Advancing Integrative and Problem-Centered STEM Learning;
  • Supporting Underrepresented Student Achievement and Reversing the Talent Loss in STEM Fields; and 
  • Supporting and Scaling Faculty Leadership and Success
Additionally, we are honored to be able to welcome to the STEM Conference several distinguished keynote speakers including: Dr. David Asai (Howard Hughes Medical Institute), Dr. Sandra McGuire (Louisiana State University) and Dr. Susan Singer (National Science Foundation).  More information about the conference -- including registration and meeting logistics -- is available on our website. We look forward to seeing you there.

This semester, PKAL will support a robust schedule of Regional Network Meetings.  Each Regional Meeting has been uniquely tailored to address major issues and concerns facing STEM higher education including student-centered teaching and learning, STEM student success, and technology in STEM teaching.  I encourage you to peruse this list and consider participating in an event within your geographic region.

Meeting Title:
Tech in Teaching
Georgia Institute of Technology

G. Wayne Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons

266 Fourth Street, NW

Atlanta, Georgia
October 14, 2013
Contact Person:
Ms. Christina Shute,

Meeting Title:
Promoting STEM Student Success, Engagement, and Retention
North Carolina A&T University

Alumni-Foundation Event Center

200 North Benbow Road

Greensboro, North Carolina
October 7, 2013
Contact Person:
Ms. Christina Shute,


We are very excited to once again host two PKAL sessions at the AAC&UAnnual Meeting, to be held in Washington, DC on January 22-25, 2014. 

As you are aware, many of the national recommendations for reform of STEM higher education pedagogies rely heavily upon the combined scientific acumen, cultural competence, pedagogical prowess, professional development, and overall well-being of STEM faculty. 

The 2014 PKAL Sessions will emphasize the underlying organizational change and social science theories that best explain institutional and/or departmental barriers to implementation of better STEM pedagogies, as well as provide attendees with specific strategies for recruiting, retaining, and advancing STEM faculty, particularly those from underrepresented groups. 

Our session moderators will be Dr. Gertrude Fraser, Vice Provost for Faculty Recruitment & Retention at the University of Virginia; and Dr. Patrice McDermott, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The End of Tenure - Frankly Friday Event

Frank Conversation about Faculty Issues
Topic: The End of Tenure
Friday, September 13th, 9:30-10:30 AM, Osprey Commons Faculty Lounge (Building 16, 4th Floor)
Let us know you will be there:

The landscape of Higher Education is changing. Institutions of higher learning have experienced greater demand from students and more scrutiny on the business of providing quality education to those students. A recent report by the US Department of Education indicates a move toward greater reliance on part-time and non-tenured faculty to satisfy increased teaching demands. As institutions of higher learning are making do with fewer tenure-track faculty, the entire higher education community has begun to question the future of the tenure track (see commentary by Ennis).

If you are a tenure track faculty member, do you trust the promise of academic freedom and job security the tenure track makes? If you are a non-tenure track faculty member, does the tenure track no longer hold an allure for you?

Come discuss how these issues impact UNF and faculty in Florida.
We will meet in the new Faculty Lounge on the 4th floor of the new dining facility, Osprey Commons.
OFE will provide the coffee and pastries.

Let us know you will be there:

Online Lecture Prompts Lawsuit

As faculty move toward more online forms of teaching and learning, various forms of online lecture delivery Chronicle article.
have been explored. A Harvard law professor found himself in a battle for copyrights when he used a video clip of a band in his lecture. The professor claims fair use, whereas the band claims he misused their work. A legal battle was initiated over the professor's use of the material. Read more about the issues in this

To read more about UNF's Copyright Guidelines, visit this guide provided by UNF's General Counsel's Office.

The Thomas G. Carpenter Library at UNF has published a decision tree guide for identifying copyrighted material that might be useful to faculty.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Campus Community Partnerships Conference

Campus Community Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is a multidisciplinary organization that supports community-based research and learning across a broad range of fields. In this case, "health" is broadly defined to include numerous disciplines. Please see the note below about their upcoming conference.  Proposals are due Sept 30th.

Don’t Miss the Chance to Present at the Next CCPH Conference –
Proposals Due Sept 30!
CCPH’s 13th conference, “From Rhetoric to Reality: Achieving Authentic, Equitable & Transformative Partnerships” takes place April 30-May 3, 2014 in Chicago. Join hundreds of colleagues from across the globe for the leading professional development and networking opportunity for community-based participatory research, service-learning and multi-sector partnerships as strategies for health equity and social justice. Session and poster proposals are due Sept 30. Find details here.

Upcoming Lilly Conferences on Teaching and Learning

Please see the announcements below regarding the Lilly Conferences on Teaching and Learning. These conferences are nationally recognized for their quality and breadth
Lilly Conferences Time Sensitive Announcements:

Lilly Austin: Jan 2-5, 2014
Early Registration ends Sept. 15th. For conference details please visit:

Lilly Traverse City: Oct 17-20, 2013
Regular registration ends Sept. 17th. View the draft conference program at:
Lilly Conferences Updates:
Lilly International Conference: Oxford, Ohio, Nov 21-24, 2013
Registration is open. Plenary presenters include: Cathy Bishop-Clark & Beth Dietz-Uhler; Saouma Boujaoude; Susan Renes; Derald Sue; and Todd Zakrajsek & Terry Doyle.

Lilly National Austin: Jan 2-5, 2014
Kick off the New Year in Austin! Call for proposals is open through October 15th. Plenary presenters are David Daniel, Terry Doyle, Tara Gray, and Barbara Millis. Preconference workshop by Todd Zakrajsek.

Lilly National Newport Beach:  Feb 20 – 22, 2014.
Call for proposals is open through Oct 6th.
Pleanry presenters are Tara Gray, Diane Halpern, Christy Price, and Todd Zakrajsek.

Lilly National Bethesda: May 29 - June 1, 2014
Save the Date!!!

Journal Updates:
A new special issue of the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching ( is now available:  Teaching for Brain-Based Learning (Vol. 24, No. 3, 2013), guest edited by Terry Doyle, Ferris State University and Todd Zakrajsek, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

Submitted by
Todd Zakrajsek, PhD