January 31, 2008
New Faculty Orientation
8:00 a.m.-2:45 p.m. in Emerson
Alumni Hall. Registration is required.
February 1, 2008
Conversations About Series
Join Dr. Meggin Mclntosh for a Conver-
sation About balancing work and life.
February 19, 2008
Traditional and Non-Traditional Work-
Life Challenges: A Conversation About
Presented as part of the Provost's Di-
versity Speakers Series. Join us for a
day long symposium on career flexibility
and how it affects our lives.
February 22, 2008
Deadline: Learning Communities
Deadline to submit proposals to Faculty
Development for the 2008 Faculty
April 25, 2008
Deadline: Grant Writer's Workshop
Deadline to submit pre-proposals.
For more information on all of
these events, please visit the
Faculty Development Website.
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Career Flexibility Symposium
Thanks to the Alfred P. Sloan Grant awarded to the Uni-
versity in July 2006, Faculty Development is proud to present
"Traditional and Non-Traditional Work-Life Challenges: A
Conversation About Career Flexibility."
This one-time symposium, held on February 19th, will
consist of 3 main sessions throughout the day. These sessions
will focus on career flexibility practices in the world of acade-
mia, how these practices affect graduate students, and what
these practices mean to the university community at large.
The daytime sessions will be led by Bob Drago of Penn State
University, author of Striking a Balance: Work, Life, Family, and
Claire Andreasen of Iowa State University. The symposium will
culminate with a public lecture by Ellen Galinsky from the
Families and Work Institute.
A luncheon will also be held for department chairs. For
more information on the luncheon and the symposium, please
visit the Faculty Development website or contact Alison
Hightower at 392-4835 or via email at email@example.com.
From Our Desk to Yours
Greetings and welcome to the inaugural
edition of the Faculty Development Newsletter.
We are pleased to present to you this quarterly
update designed with you, the faculty, in mind.
SThis newsletter will offer valuable information to
our faculty, including upcoming Faculty Develop-
ment events, awards and recognition, articles on
current topics, tips for faculty and much more.
Be sure to look for new issues in January, April, July and Octo-
ber. If you have suggestions or submissions for the Faculty
Development Newsletter, email them to us at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy New Year and have a wonderful se-
Dr. Debra Walker King
Associate Provost, Faculty Development
Designing a Creative Campus
Tuesday, January 15th, the College of Fine
Arts hosted Sir Ken Robinson as he gave an address
on the topic of designing a creative campus. Rob-
inson is the author of Out of Our Minds: Learning to
Be Creative, which discusses the current state of
education and its need for creative reform.
Sir Ken Robinson has worked with national
governments, top-ranking companies, non-profits
and international organizations on the development
of creativity. In 1998, he headed the commission
on creativity in the UK and published the report All
Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education to
Robinson is in high demand as an inspira-
tional speaker. He travels the world speaking to
businesses, organizations and schools. In his visit to
UF, he discussed the answers to questions about
creativity, its development, and how it can change
education in the 21st century.
For more information on Sir Robinson's visit,
please contact the College of Fine Arts.
Dr. John W. Wright II
Dean, College of Journalism and
In December, Dr. Wright was named
the Dean of the College of Journal-
ism and Communications. He joined
the college's faculty in 1982 and had previously
been serving as the Interim Dean.
* Best advice received: (from a colleague in
1981) "You should check out a position open at
the University of Florida
* Favorite Place on Campus: basketball courts in
* Mentor/Hero: my dad
* Favorite Quote: "You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one."
* Favorite Vacation Spot: The Don Cesar, St. Pete
Beach, on a lounger facing west
Tips for Teaching
Here are some helpful hints for assignments that
require use of the library resources
* To minimize student frustration, ask your Liai-
son Librarian to look over your assignment
even if it is one you assign every semester.
Library resources are constantly changing.
Your Liaison Librarian can make sure the ap-
propriate resources are still available.
* If you are assigning one particular book or arti-
cle that the entire class must read, have the
item or copy of the article placed in Reserves.
This helps prevent the item or article from be-
ing stolen or hidden and so minimizes student
* If you are assigning certain web resources for
your students, have your Liaison Librarian look
them over. The librarian's training in evalua-
tion of sources could provide new insight into
the source's validity.
* Many professors tell their students not to use
web resources. Be specific about whether this
includes electronic journals. While an elec-
tronic journal is in a web-based format, its
contents are often exactly the same as the
print version. Many journals at the UF libraries
are only available electronically.
--Borrowed from the Health Science Center Li-
Faculty Learning Communities
Faculty Development is currently accepting pro-
posals for Faculty Learning Communities. These
communities are a way of encouraging cross-
campus/cross-disciplinary study. Up to four com-
munities will be awarded funding this year.
Funded communities should engage in an active,
collaborative, semester or yearlong program, fo-
cusing on interdisciplinary research, climate en-
hancement or a teaching and learning project.
For more information, please contact Alison
Hightower at 392-4835 or via email at