Writing and Rhetoric Department:College of Arts and Humanities

About the Department

Mission

Everyday life in the 21st century involves composing and understanding complex messages in multiple media and in varied contexts. In order to address challenges related to composing, rhetoric, and literacy in school, workplace, civic, and community settings, Department of Writing and Rhetoric (DWR) faculty engage in innovative research and teaching, often collaborating with students as well as community and campus partners to undertake this work. Additionally, as a department, we provide academic and public leadership on writing-related issues. Further explanation of our work and its impact can be found here: Snapshots of Writing and Rhetoric Impact Projects

Students in our undergraduate and graduate programs receive a comprehensive education in writing and rhetoric that enables them to communicate effectively, persuasively, and ethically across a range of civic, professional, and educational contexts.

We enact our mission through a number of programs:

  1. First-Year Composition
  2. A B.A. in Writing and Rhetoric, Minor in Writing and Rhetoric, and Certificate in Public and Professional Writing
  3. A Master's of Arts Program in Rhetoric and Composition and a Professional Writing Graduate Certificate
  4. Writing Across the Curriculum
  5. The University Writing Center

Highlights

April 28, 2017

photoOn April 19, the UCF Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program, housed in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, hosted the Schell Award ceremony and the showcase of the WAC Faculty Fellows Program. [Read More]

April 11, 2017

photoDr. Stephanie Vie of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric was invited to give the keynote speech at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association (MAWCA) Conference. Stephanie first became associated with the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) while at her previous institution—Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO—where she spent several years as the Director of the Writing Center. [Read More]

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Recent Faculty Publications

Paul Dan Martin

Martin, Dan. "Semiotics and Constructing Fake News." DRC: Digital Rhetoric Collaboration. Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing, University of Michigan. 28 March 2017. Web

Laurie A. Pinkert

“Developing Accounts of Instructor Learning: Recognizing the Impacts of Service-Learning Pedagogies on Writing Teachers.” With Kendall Leon and Kathryn Trauth Taylor. Composition Studies 45.1.

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Department of Writing and Rhetoric • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
Campus Location: Colbourn Hall (Building 18) Room 301
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