November 15, 2017

Are Your Courses Set up to be Evaluated?

The Fall 2017 faculty evaluation period will be here soon with the opening date for most classes scheduled for Tuesday, November 21st. Outlined below are some steps you can take to help make this evaluation period successful.

Review Your Sections That Are Being Evaluated

Help us ensure that your sections are properly set up to be evaluated by following these steps:

  • BEFORE Tuesday, November 21st, log into the evaluations system here
  • Click on the “View Evaluations & Results” link
  • Select the Fall 2017 term and the college and department if needed
  • Click on the “Get evaluations” button
  • Review your sections listed in the grid (these are the sections that will be evaluated for Fall 2017)
  • Notify your department administrator of any errors (wrong sections listed, missing sections, etc.)

It is MUCH easier to correct mistakes now rather than after the evaluations period has ended. If you can’t log into the evaluations system it might mean that you have no evaluations to review. If you feel this is incorrect, please contact your department administrator as soon as possible.

Monitor Real Time Response Rates

Did you know you can log into to monitor real time response rates? Follow the steps below:

  • When the evaluation period begins log in here
  • Click on the “View Evaluations & Results” link.
  • Enter your search criteria and click on the “Get Evaluations” button.
  • A list of your sections that are being evaluated and the response rates will display.
  • Encourage students in the low response sections to submit their evaluations while there is still time to do so.

Provide Class Time for Students to Complete the Evaluations

Even though the evaluations are now online doesn’t mean you can’t offer class time for your students to complete them. For those classes that meet on campus:

  • Providing class time is a great way to increase response rates.
  • You must provide at least 15 minutes for students to complete the evaluation.
  • If you are providing class time, it cannot be during a class session where an exam is scheduled.
  • The instructor must leave the room while the evaluations are being completed.
  • Your students can use their smart phone, laptop, or tablet to complete the evaluation.

Evaluations Help and Reminders

For help on using the evaluations system see the Quick Reference Guide for Faculty (PDF).

As a reminder, students who are auditing courses or have dropped/withdrawn from any course cannot submit an evaluation for the course. Also, classes with an enrollment of 10 students or less are not required to be evaluated.

If you have any questions or comments (positive or negative) about the evaluations system we would love to hear from you, contact us at

Submitted by Wanda Garfield, UFIT/TSS


Florida Museum Events

One Tree, One Planet Premiere Nov. 16

See art and science merge during a celebration of biodiversity on Nov. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Experience an interactive outdoor light projection of the Tree of Life by internationally renowned artist Naziha Mestaoui and a Pixar-style animated short film. For more information, visit or call 352-846-2000.

Florida Museum to host 19th annual ‘Trashformations’ event

See how Alachua County middle school, high school and college students transform “waste” into creative works of art on Nov. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. The Florida Museum will display winning entries from the 19th Annual Trashformations through Monday, Nov. 27. The application deadline is Nov. 10 by 5 p.m. For more information or to complete the online application, visit or call 352-273-2061.

Florida Museum to Offer School Holiday Camps Nov. 20-21

Enjoy school holidays at the Florida Museum! Children will explore numbers and nature on Nov. 20 and experience pioneer day on Nov. 21. Students must be enrolled in grades K-5 for the 2017-2018 school year. A half-day session is $30, or$27 for members. A full-day session is $50, or $45 for members. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit or call 352-273-2061.

Submitted by Claudia Perez Brito, Florida Museum of Natural History


UFPA Celebrates the Holiday Season with All is Calm and Big Band Holidays

All is Calm
Tuesday, December 5, 7:30pm
Curtis M. Phillips Center
Tickets and More Info:

When politicians and generals could not make peace, soldiers did. Choral voices float over the now darkened and quiet battlefield. In a trench, forty yards away, another group of men listen, finding a measure of peace and comfort in the songs of their adversaries.

Cold, filthy, frightened, surrounded by violence, destruction, and all of the sensory terror inherent to the trench warfare of the “Great War,” soldiers in the First World War endured horrors that few contemporary civilians could comprehend. An unlikely setting for a story of hope and compassion, but it was this place that birthed one of the most compelling and uplifting events of the War.

Combatants rarely saw more than the top of a head of their adversaries, but the close proximity of enemy trenches did allow them to hear each other. At night, when the day’s offenses were over, soldiers in the trenches would sing choruses, hymns, drinking songs, anything to lighten their moods and lift their spirits. It was not uncommon to hear enemy troops call for encores from across the “no man’s land” between the trenches or for combatants to take turns singing back and forth over the quieted battlefield. Many of the men on both sides recorded these times in journals and letters, reflecting on them as moments of peace and comfort.

In the days and weeks leading up to Christmas 1914, the drive to fight waned. In defiance of command, soldiers themselves called an unofficial truce. In some places on the Front, this just meant that both sides could collect and bury their fallen comrades; in others, the two sides exchanged small gifts, played games of soccer, and sang songs. For a few weeks in 1914, these two sides saw each other as people and not enemies.

This is the story of All Is Calm. Told through the very letters, journals, and songs of the men who experienced it firsthand, it shows the depths of compassion people can have for one another and how cultural and language barriers can be broken down through the power of music. All Is Calm is a moving portrait of what people can accomplish when we see past politics and agendas to encounter fellow humans on a personal level.

Big Band Holidays — Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Special Guests Catherine Russell and Kenny Washington
Wednesday, December 6, 7:30pm
Curtis M. Phillips Center
Tickets and More Info:

Make “the most wonderful time of the year” even more wonderful. Led by Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis, the orchestra boasts fifteen of the finest soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music today.

Every December for more than a decade, the world-renowned ensemble has been joined by an all-star roster of guest vocalists in exploring the canon of holiday standards. Do the holidays right with this family-friendly evening filled with swinging and soulful performances of your favorite holiday music.

Submitted by Sam McKee, UF Performing Arts


UFSSS Faculty Mentoring Program

The Office of Undergraduate Affairs and the UF Student Support Services (UFSSS) program are looking for faculty and staff to serve as mentors to UFSSS Scholars.  The UF SSS program supports  first-generation, low-income or UF disability students in achieving their goals to be academically successful. UFSSS Mentoring Program will contribute to the university’s strategic goal of creating opportunities for faculty and staff to participate in valued professional service.  Your service as a faculty mentor for UFSSS Mentoring Program contributes to high impact practices that yields high quality student-faculty interactions.  As educators, we know the importance of engaging with our students beyond the classroom and the positive influence it has on their overall UF experience. Please follow the link to the invitation letter to learn more about the program. 

Submitted by Angeleah Browdy, Office of Academic Support


1st Annual Data Symposium

The 1st Annual University of Florida Data Symposium will be held in Gainesville, Florida and hosted by the George A. Smathers Libraries on March 19, 2018.

This one-day conference, “Enabling Data Reproducibility and Sustainability,” will bring together researchers interested in the aggregation, dissemination, and preservation of data for current and future use.

Speakers and Program:

Description: Many stakeholders are involved in the management of data throughout the data lifecycle. There is a need for faculty, students, and staff to develop best practices that address data challenges affecting all disciplines in the form of organization, infrastructure, resources, and technology. In continued efforts to build library and researcher partnerships, capacity, and a culture of data management across campus, the University of Florida (UF) George A. Smathers Libraries and UF Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (IFAS) Wildlife Ecology and Conservation are sponsoring the 1st Annual Data Symposium Conference on Enabling Data Reproducibility and Sustainability at UF on March 19, 2018 (See event). This event seeks to bring together researchers from across multiple disciplines for collaboration, discussion, and engagement. We hope to see you there!

Additional Information

  • For additional information, please contact Dr. Plato Smith, Data Management Librarian,; or Val Minson, Chair of Marston Science Library,
  • Event is in the Smathers Library (formerly Library East), room 100.
  • Event requires paid registration.
  • Sponsored by the George A. Smathers Libraries, UF Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (IFAS) Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, and the Weecology Lab.
  • In-kind collaborative support from UF College of Engineering, UF Research Computing, UF Informatics Institute, UF Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station, GitHub, and Center for Open Science.

Submitted by Barbara Hood, George A. Smathers Libraries


Beyond the Podium Podcast Series – Providing Efficient Feedback

It’s that time of the semester, again: grading galore.

Are you looking for some great ideas to provide solid feedback and still stay sane? Joslyn Ahlgren shares some of her timesaving tips in this episode of the Beyond the Podium Podcast Series.

Listen to Providing Efficient Feedback with Dr. Joslyn Ahlgren

Other episodes are available on FDTE at UF on SoundCloud

View future topics, session notes, and recordings from online sessions.

Contact Alexandra Bitton-Bailey with questions or future podcast ideas.

Submitted by Alexandra Bitton-Bailey, Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence


Rethinking Assessment Certification

The Rethinking Assessment Certification explores ways to improve student achievement by providing instructors with the tools necessary to successfully implement a more student-focused learning environment. This series will address the fundamentals, strategies, and implementation of non-traditional assessments, the design and application of rubrics and feedback, and the utilization of course analytics and quiz statistics in e-Learning. Register now for the December 8th or December 13th offerings before all remaining seats are taken!

If you have any additional questions, please contact Chris Pinkoson at

Submitted by Chris Pinkoson, Center for Instructional Technology and Training


Strategic Communications Academy Prepares Leaders to be More Effective Advocates

Applications due Dec. 15

Have you ever felt like you’re just not reaching people with your message? How can you communicate your expertise in ways that stick with your audience? How can you shake people out of complacency and get them excited about your big goal or idea? In an age of distraction when people’s attention is a scarce resource, how can you deeply engage others to form meaningful partnerships and increase your effectiveness?

The Strategic Communications Academy for UF Leaders & Scholars aims to answer these questions and many more. As a partnership between UF College of Journalism and Communications and UF Training & Organizational Development, this unique professional development program offers an opportunity to elevate your strategic thinking, communication skills and professional impact.

Designed for faculty and staff in leadership positions or for thought leaders in their fields of study, the eight-month program helps participants improve their professional performance by using evidence-based communications strategies rooted in psychology, sociology, neuroscience, political science and communications science. Participants will learn to:

  • Build and manage relationships with the individuals and organizations crucial to helping them achieve their goals
  • Hone storytelling skills to inspire support for a department’s mission and vision
  • Develop a strategic communications framework
  • Write with confidence, clarity and charisma
  • Create memorable and compelling presentations worthy of the TED stage
  • Facilitate high-stakes meetings with “influentials” such as high-level administrators, policy makers and funders
  • Interact with the news media to build credibility and call people to action
  • Think quickly in challenging communication scenarios
  • Leverage social media to develop a meaningful digital network
  • Use design thinking and systems thinking to create meaningful calls to action

“The SCA has given me new ideas on how to communicate my program of research to colleagues within and outside UF,” said Toni Glover, assistant professor in the College of Nursing and a participant in the 2017 program.

“Effective communication is a highly learnable skill, and it’s extraordinary to watch people grow in every aspect of their careers once they become effective communicators,” said Ann Christiano, a professor in the College of Journalism and Communications who also serves as the program’s lead instructor. “As a university, our star will continue to rise as our faculty and leaders become even more effective advocates for their work.”

The 2018 program will meet once a month (March through November 2018) for engaging learning activities, coaching sessions with UF communications experts and professional networking. Participants who successfully complete the series will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Applicants must be UF faculty members or exempt staff members with at least two years in a management/leadership or decision-making role at the University of Florida or have a record of thought leadership in a given field. The two years of experience criterion is waived for employees at the assistant director level and above as well as faculty.  The fee to participate is $1,590, which includes all materials, facilitation fees and meals.

To learn more, please visit the program website to complete the online application form, due December 15.

Submitted by Angie Brown, Human Resource Services


Thanksgiving Art Camp at the Harn

November 20 + 21, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: $100 ($90 for Harn Members)

This 2-day art camp for ages 7 to 11 provides a great opportunity for kids to get creative during Thanksgiving Break. Children will explore the galleries for inspiration and work on a variety of fun projects in different media. Additional activities such as art games and short films will keep kids lively and engaged. Instructor, Erin Curry, is a professional artist and experienced teacher. For more information contact, or download a registration form at

Submitted by Tami Wroath, Harn Museum of Art


Faculty Awards

College of the Arts School of Music Director Dr. Kevin Orr Selected to Join SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows

Dr. Kevin Orr, director and professor of the College of the Arts School of Music, was selected to become a fellow of this year’s SEC Academic Leadership Development Program. Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, the SEC ALDP seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond, according to a press release. Orr traveled to Louisiana State University in October and will travel to Auburn University in February for SEC-wide workshops.

Orr is joined by UF faculty members Dr. Tom Kelleher, chair of the department of advertising and professor in the College of Journalism and Communications, and Dr. Mary A. Watt, associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

A concert pianist and educator, Orr’s creative agenda has taken him to major music institutions and festivals across North America, Europe and East Asia. A Steinway Artist, his recital programs and discography span the works of past and living composers.

Submitted by Brandon McKinley, College of the Arts

Adewumi, Esquivel-Upshaw Inducted as Fellows into the American College of Dentists

UF College of Dentistry professors Abi Adewumi, B.D.S., FDSR, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, and Josephine Esquivel-Upshaw, D.D.S., M.S., Department of Restorative Dental Sciences Division of Prosthodontics, were both inducted as Fellows into the American College of Dentists, or ACD, at a ceremony on October 19 in Atlanta.

Adewumi and Esquivel-Upshaw, both highly-regarded experts in their areas, were honored as part of the ACD Annual Meeting and Convocation at the Atlanta Marriot Marquis Hotel.

The mission of the ACD is to advance excellence, ethics, professionalism, and leadership in dentistry, and it is the oldest major honorary organization for dentists. Its members have exemplified excellence through outstanding leadership and exceptional contributions to dentistry and society.

The ACD was founded August 20, 1920, by leaders in the profession to elevate the standards of dentistry, encourage graduate study, and to grant Fellowship to those who have done meritorious work.

Submitted by Kelly Sobers, College of Dentistry

Richard Lutz named an Association of Consumer Research Fellow

Richard Lutz, JCPenney Professor of Marketing and Chair of the Department of Marketing at the University of Florida Warrington College of Business, was named a fellow of the Association of Consumer Research at its annual conference in October 2017.

The Association for Consumer Research (ACR) Fellows award recognizes the career contributions of ACR individuals during their lifetime for “significant impact on scholarly work in consumer behavior.”

“I was shocked when they made the announcement,” Dr. Lutz said. “The award selection process is highly confidential, and I had no idea that I had been nominated. It is both gratifying and quite humbling to receive this honor.”

The ACR seeks to advance consumer research and facilitate the exchange of scholarly information among members of academia, industry and government worldwide. One of ACR’s key functions is to facilitate the growth and advancement of the field of consumer research. It was founded in 1969 by a small group of consumer behavior researchers whose informal meeting at the Ohio State University led to the vision of a yearly conference devoted to the study of consumer behavior.

Dr. Lutz, who has been a professor at Warrington since 1982, teaches an undergraduate principles of marketing course and an MBA course on the management of brand equity. He has published over 80 articles, books and chapters, primarily in the area of consumer attitudes and response to advertising. Dr. Lutz’s current research addresses prosocial consumer behavior, experiential consumption, and consumer brand relationships and co-creation.

He was also named the AMA/Irwin/McGraw-Hill Distinguished Marketing Educator in 2010, and is a past-president and past-member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Consumer Research. Read more about Dr. Lutz and his numerous accomplishments here.

Submitted by Cody Jones, Warrington College of Business


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