Writing and Rhetoric Department:College of Arts and Humanities

About the Department


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


December 2, 2016

photoWriting and Rhetoric Major Alexandra Stepanov continues her research, "The Rhetoric of Inmates: Identification Within Prison Settings," for the Honors in the Major (HIM) program. Stepanov is working with her thesis chair Dr. [Read More]

November 2, 2016

photoThe Daytona State College Writing Center welcomes UCF alumnus Mikael Romo as their new writing specialist. Mikael is a 2015 graduate from UCF with a BA in Writing and Rhetoric. He had this to say about the Writing and Rhetoric major: "Writing & Rhetoric is an intellectually challenging major; it can change not just how you write but how you think. [Read More]

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Recent Faculty Publications

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. (forthcoming Spring 2017)

Laurie A. Pinkert

“Toward More than Instruction: Preliminary Results of a Survey of Graduate Writing Courses” in Graduate Writing Across the Disciplines: Identifying, Teaching, and Supporting, Eds.  Elena Garcia, Katie Manthey, Marilee Brooks Gilles, Soo Hyon Kim, Trixie G. Smith (forthcoming 2016)

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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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