The Department of Writing and Rhetoric promotes sustained writing opportunities across the university by providing a strong writing foundation in first-year writing; coordination and support of writing across the curriculum and in the community; and four upper-division and graduate-level degree and certificate programs. All of these efforts are grounded in the robust tradition of scholarship, dating back to the emergence of rhetorical study in the 5th century B.C.E. and including more recent research in writing studies.
One part of our mission is to serve UCF students, faculty, and community partners in fostering transferrable disciplinary and professional writing expertise. Students will build on the rhetorical dexterity developed in the First-Year Writing program through sustained writing and research in their discipline-specific courses. We support these opportunities through the Writing Across the Curriculum program and the University Writing Center.
A second, related part of our mission is to offer undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs for the focused study of and further practice with writing, rhetoric, and literacy. Students in our programs study the field's scholarship in order to communicate more effectively, persuasively, and ethically across a range of civic, professional, and educational contexts. Students graduating from our programs are prepared to work as writers or writing specialists in a variety of careers, including publishing and editing, education, the legal profession, the health professions, advertising/marketing/public relations, and government and the non-profit sector.
Faculty and curricular strengths include rhetoric and civic engagement, community and cultural literacies, professional communication, writing and digital media, rhetorics of science and medicine, transnational rhetoric and literacy, alternative rhetorics, and writing program administration.
The Department of Writing and Rhetoric (DWR) is focused on achieving 8 primary goals. For more information about ongoing initiatives, see below or contact the department chair.
Writing and Rhetoric Professor Melody Bowdon co-authored an essay with Erin Saitta (PhD Chemistry 2010 and Assistant Director of FCTL) and Tamra Legron-Rodriguez (PhD Chemistry 2013 and Rollins College faculty member) that was published today in Science Magazine. [Read More]
Pavel Zemliansky was awarded a grant from the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication. This grant program is intended to: Promote programs in technical and scientific communication Promote research pertaining to programmatic issues in technical and scientific communication, or Develop opportunities for the exchange of ideas and information concerning programs, research, and career opportunities. [Read More]
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