Writing and Rhetoric Department:College of Arts and Humanities

Highlights

New Issues of Stylus Put Spotlight on First-Year Writers

June 2018

Two new issues of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric’s student publication, Stylus: A Journal of First-Year Writing, have been released. The new issues of Stylus can be found here. </p> <p> Stylus publishes outstanding writing and research produced in the University of Central Florida’s first-year composition courses, ENC 1101: Composition I and ENC 1102: Composition II. The two newest issues highlight the range of writing that students produce in these courses. The issues also demonstrate UCF students’ capabilities as researchers and thoughtful examiners of the world around them. One of the issues, Stylus 9.1, includes an essay about learning English as a Chinese immigrant, a feminist critique of Snapchat, and studies of fake news, social media, and LGBT+ representation in media. The forms of these pieces vary from a narrative to a research article to a graphic report to a script.

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Komysha Hassan: Winner of the 2018 Honors in the Major Thesis Scholarship

April 2018

Congratulations to DWR undergraduate major Komysha Hassan for receiving a well-deserved 2018 Honors in the Major thesis scholarship. Also congratulations to Steffen Guenzel for his pivotal role in guiding Komysha's research as her Honors in the Major thesis chair. You both make us proud. If you would like to learn more about Honors in the Major, you can visit https://honors.ucf.edu/honors-in-the-major/ or attend an upcoming Honors in the Major information session on April 3 or April 9 (see https://honors.ucf.edu/honors-in-the-major-information-ses…/). <p>

Read on to learn more about Komysha's insightful research from her abstract: </p> <p> "The evolution of social media platforms and other public forums in the digital realm has created an explosion of user-generated content and data as a component of the already content-saturated digital landscape.

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Student Highlight: Samantha Warren

March 2018

Samantha Warren is a student in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric who has learned how to make a living writing as a professional blogger. Her blog, Style of Change, started as a hobby. Fourteen months later, it has shifted into a business venture. She makes her money, in part, by posting sponsored posts as agreed to with a company; this can sometimes be a product review, or just including their brand in the post itself. Using tools such as Google Analytics, she is able to produce content that appeals to her main audience. Her content in particular is surrounded around beauty, fashion, travel, and creativity. Samantha also has a YouTube channel that she occasionally uses to post videos. To learn more about Samantha’s blog, please visit www.styleofchange.net.

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ICYMI: 8th Annual Knights Write Showcase

February 2018

The Department of Writing and Rhetoric hosted the 8th annual Knights Wright Showcase on February 7th, 2018. This showcase is an opportunity for students from the first-year writing program to exhibit their hard work and dedication in refining their composition and research skills. The event was open to the community, and was well-received by all. <p> The showcase featured several poster displays created by the students, two student panels, and an award ceremony led by the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, Jeff Moore, and the President of UCF, Dr. John C. Hitt. A number of students were recognized for their extraordinary work, including their contributions to Stylus: A Peer-Reviewed Journal of First-Year Writing, various poster awards, and the John C. Hitt Prize for Excellence in First-Year Writing, presented the president himself.

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Coming up: 8th Annual Knights Write Showcase!

January 2018

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Angela Rounsaville and Pavel Zemliansky Awarded CCCC Research Grant

January 2018

Congratulations to Drs. Rounsaville and Zemliansky, who are co-PIs on a grant that was awarded through the Conference on College Composition and Communication Research initiative program. Their study is titled "Academic and Professional Multilingual Literacies in Sociomaterial Contexts: A Multi-Institutional Study in Norway, Ukraine, and the U.S.". They will receive $10,000 in support of their study. Here is a short description of the project:

Higher education is becoming increasingly more globalized. The ability of both students and faculty to move between literacies, languages, countries, and professional rank for education and research is now not only desired but, in some cases, encouraged and even mandated by government regulations, such as the Bologna Process (Reynalda and Kulesza-Mietkowski 12). Our university, like many others in the US, has included globalization of education and research in its strategic plan.

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Crisis in the Campus

December 2017

Crisis in the Campus functioned as a day of advocacy and entertainment. Organized form the ground-up, students in Dr. Stephanie Wheeler's ENC 3331 - Rhetoric and Civic Engagement shared information on social injustices that they have researched this semester. Local Central Florida bands including Justin Alcaraz, Dylan Lancaster, Common Creatures, and others played for the student body collected in Memory Mall. The intention was to entertain students, provide a safe and friendly environment, and relish information of issues that we often see in our communities.

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New Issues of DWR Student Publications, Stylus and Imprint

December 2017

New issues of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric’s two student publications, Stylus: A Journal of First-Year Writing and Imprint, have been released. The new issue of Stylus can be found here and the new issue of Imprint is available here. <p> <p> Stylus publishes outstanding writing and research produced in UCF’s first-year composition courses. Imprint, meanwhile, is a magazine with the mission to “entertain, empower, and evoke action” to which any UCF student can submit. The publications share a common goal of putting a spotlight on student writing. Debbie Weaver, faculty adviser for Imprint, explains: “At the university, the only reward most students receive for their writing is a grade. And while there is satisfaction in receiving an ‘A’ in a class, having their writing published in an existing student publication presents an opportunity to showcase and validate them as writers differently than what exists in the classroom.” <p> Many student authors do not expect their writing to be able to find an audience, but these publications make that a reality.

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DWR's Brandy Dieterle's Article Published in the Communication Center Journal

November 2017

Brandy Dieterle, an instructor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, has had an article published in the Communication Center Journal. The article discusses her experiences moving from being a teacher, to a graduate tutor in the university writing center at UCF, back to being a teacher, and how that particular sequence has been formative to her development as a tutor and a teacher. The abstract to her article can be found here. Way to go, Brandy!

DWR Alum Mikael Romo's Article Accepted into Composition Forum

November 2017

Mikael Romo, one of DWR's alumni, recently had an article accepted into Composition Forum with Drs. Wardle and Hall. Below is an overview of his experience with writing this article, how it began, and when we can expect the article to come out.

"Our article reminds me of those end-of-the-semester reflection assignments that composition instructors would have students write to get them to probe what they learned throughout the course. Except, this article is a case study that explores the learning that happens throughout a writing program, not just a single course. Ours is titled "Teaching and Learning Threshold Concepts in a Writing Major: Liminality, Dispositions, and Program Design." When I was in capstone during my last semester of college, Elizabeth Wardle saw an opportunity for us all explore what deep learning looks through my experience of tutoring in the writing center as well as through my experience in the Writing & Rhetoric program.

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Stephanie Vie Represents DWR as a Panelist for the Collective Impact Institutionalization Plan Roll-Out

October 2017

 

Our own chair of Writing and Rhetoric, Stephanie Vie, presented on the Strategic Alignment panel during the Collective Impact Institutionalization Plan Roll-Out. Dr. Vie, along with others such as the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, answered questions relating to their involvement and strategies in aligning their departments with the university's Collective Impact plan. The purpose of this event was to make the campus community and internal stakeholders aware of the institutionalization plan and to build excitement for the future of the university and meeting certain metrics. In addition, it was an opportunity to communicate different ideas and strategies to keep the departments and colleges in line with the Collective Impact Plan.

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Faculty Recognized with Inaugural Luminary Awards

October 2017

photoSix College of Arts & Humanities faculty members were among those honored with the inaugural UCF Luminary Award, designed to shine a light on exceptional faculty whose work is advancing their discipline and making a difference.

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Dr. Blake Scott's Book Wins the National Communication Association's Health Communication Distinguished Book Award

October 2017

Congratulations to Blake Scott, whose book Risky Rhetoric: AIDS and the Cultural Practices of HIV Testing (2003) just won the National Communication Association's Health Communication Distinguished Book Award. He will be recognized at the NCA business meeting and awards ceremony on November 18th. The Distinguished Book Award recognizes research that has made, or offers the promise of making, a significant contribution to scholarship in Health Communication theory, research, and/or practice. Books become eligible for this award 5 years after the original publication date. His nominees noted how Risky Rhetoric has become a canonical text in both undergraduate and graduate courses, has had multiple positive reviews in national journals, and has made lasting theory-building and methodological contributions to the field.

Dr. Martha Brenckle's "Nesting Dolls": Machigonne Fiction Contest Finalist

September 2017

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DWR Welcomes New Faculty Member and Assistant Director of First-Year Composition, Dr. Jamila Kareem

July 2017

The Department of Writing and Rhetoric is excited to welcome Dr. Jamila Kareem to the university. Dr. Jamila M. Kareem was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, the heart of the Midwest. From a young age she was an enthusiastic reader, preferring books as toys rather than dolls and video games. She catered to this interest in literature by majoring first in theater and then creative writing, as an undergrad. She received a B.A. from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, an M.A. from University of Indianapolis, and a PhD from University of Louisville. Her research interests concern critical race theory, academic writing practices, and community literacy. Her articles and chapters have been published in JAC: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, and Politics and The Good Life and the Greater Good in a Global Context.

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DWR Welcomes New Faculty Member Dr. Sonia Arellano

July 2017

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Faculty Contributions to Pegasus Magazine

July 2017

The summer issue of the university's Pegasus magazine was a special edition which focused on the arts. Two of our faculty members, Nate Holic and Allie Pinkerton, were featured in the issue to showcase their work. Nate's contribution was a story about Robert Vendetti, UCF alumni, and his success as a writer. The story was written in comic book form, illustrated by Kagan McLeod. Allie was one of six writers given a prompt, and instructed to write a piece of flash fiction in 150 words or less. We are grateful for the hard work and dedication of our faculty members!  

Interview by Dr. Kirk St. Amant by Jennifer Roth Miller and Jessica Lynn Campbell, Ph.D. Students

July 2017

Dr. Kirk St. Amant, a professor of technical communication at Louisiana Technical University, visited our campus in April as a guest speaker to the Texts and Technology Doctoral Program. Below is an excerpt from the interview on Dr. St. Amant's perspectives of technical communication for the future:

"Understanding how technology consumers access, use, and transform information, via the exchange economy described earlier, is an essential aspect of technical communication today, and is guided by script theory. Technical communicators can develop better information, interactions, and usability by working with and learning local and cultural information consumption scripts. Dr. St.Amant predicts technical communicators and academics in technical communication will work in increasingly globalized and interdisciplinary contexts (international health and community outreach for example). Script theory and critical literacies offer useful theoretical approaches for technical communicators to bridge changing digital, cultural, interdisciplinary, and contextual information environments in the 21st century and beyond." To read the entire interview, please click here

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