Writing and Rhetoric Department:College of Arts and Humanities

Highlights

4th Annual DWR Awards Ceremony

May 2017

 

The Department of Writing and Rhetoric hosted the 4th annual awards ceremony to honor exceptional faculty and students. The ceremony and reception followed the College of Arts and Humanities graduation ceremony. All students and their families within our department were invited, and the turnout was fantastic.

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"I Am UCF" Showcase: A Success!

May 2017

On May 1st, 2017, a few of our faculty and students came together for the “I Am UCF” showcase. The showcase was put on by Stephanie Wheeler and Natasha Jones as part of the Quality Enhancement Plan grant, and was organized by our department as well as with Theatre, Digital Media, and the Social Justice and Advocacy center.

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Angela Rounsaville Receives the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award

May 2017

Angie Rounsaville (pictured on the left) of Writing and Rhetoric is being celebrated for winning the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning award from the Faculty Center of Teaching and Learning. According to FCTL, this award is given to those who “make outstanding contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning within their discipline and/or to the teaching and learning community.” Very fitting!

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Dr. Blake Scott Inducted into the Scroll & Quill Society

May 2017

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I’ve often said that people make a university great. And that’s especially true for UCF. We have outstanding faculty and staff members who are dedicated to lifting the lives and livelihoods of our students, conducting cutting-edge research and making a difference in our community and across the globe. – A. Dale Whittaker, Ph.D. Provost and Executive Vice President July 13, 2015  
Beginning in the 1980’s, the Scroll & Quill Society recognizes exceptional faculty members with achievements in publication and research. Dr. Blake Scott of the department of Writing and Rhetoric was inducted into the society on April 13, 2017 during a ceremony held at the Burnett Honors College. Dr. Scott’s specialty is within the Rhetoric of Health & Medicine, often focusing on studying HIV/AIDS testing and prevention in the United States.

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WAC Hosted Schell Award Ceremony and the Faculty Fellows Program

April 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. The Schell Award for Implementing Innovative Writing Instruction in the Disciplines is given annually to a UCF faculty members who has displayed excellence in and commitment to improving student learning through writing. The award was endowed by UCF VP and Chief of Staff Dr. Rick Schell, whom the WAC Program wishes to thank for his continued support. Below is the interview with this year’s winner of the Schell Award—professor of education Dr. Vicky Zygouris-Coe. The award ceremony was followed by the showcase of the WAC Faculty Fellows from the department of Philosophy, the School of Visual Arts and Design, and the Rosen College of Hospitality Management.

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Dr. Stephanie Vie Delivered Keynote Speech at the 2017 MAWCA Conference

April 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. UCF is part of the Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA), just one of the several regional chapters to support the work of writing centers nationwide.
This was Stephanie’s first time attending this conference, and she was excited to visit Penn State Berks where the conference was held. Stephanie learned more about how their writing center operates under the leadership of Dr. Holly Ryan, an amazing colleague and supporter of writing center work.

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Around the Texts of Writing Center Work: A New Book by Dr. R Mark Hall

April 2017

photoThe Department of Writing and Rhetoric has another faculty member to have their work published. Dr. R. Mark Hall’s new book Around the Texts of Writing Center Work: An Inquiry-Based Approach to Tutor Education was published by the University Press of Colorado and Utah State University Press. Mark’s book draws on his insight as Director of the University Writing Center at UCF as well as his frequent requests to consult on other writing centers both nationally and internationally. His vast knowledge of the topic sheds light on writing center operations and how they can be scrutinized and improved. His experience goes beyond his time here at UCF, as he has also led writing centers in California and North Carolina.

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Dr. Natasha Jones wins Nell Ann Pickett Award

April 2017

photoThe Conference on College Composition and Communication took place in Portland, Oregon this year, and several faculty members from the Department of Writing and Rhetoric attended. However, Dr. Natasha Jones stood out by winning the prestigious Nell Ann Pickett award. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric whose work focuses on technical communication and social justice issues. Natasha worked with her co-authors, Dr. Kristin Moore (Texas Tech University) and Dr. Rebecca Walton (Utah State University) on their award-winning article titled "Disrupting the Past to Disrupt the Future: An Antenarrative of Technical Communication," which was published in Technical Communication Quarterly in August 2016.

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Vie wins prestigious national grant to study social media in writing classrooms

March 2017

photoDr. Stephanie Vie, associate professor and Interim Department Chair for Writing and Rhetoric, will be recognized at the 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) as the recipient of a 2017 Research Initiative grant. The CCCC, an association within the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), is the flagship organization for scholars in rhetoric, composition, and writing studies. Established in 2004, the CCCC Research Initiative grant program currently awards grants of up to $10,000 for research that will advance the organization.

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2017 Department of Writing and Rhetoric Symposium

March 2017

photoThe Department of Writing and Rhetoric held their 3rd annual Writing and Rhetoric Symposium on February 22nd, 2017, to celebrate the hard work of students and faculty in the department's undergraduate programs. The symposium theme, "Crossing Boundaries: Listening, Writing, & Rhetorical Action," showcased concurrent sessions focused on using concepts of writing and rhetoric to promote civic engagement, in addition to effective listening skills. The event featured two keynote speakers, several concurrent breakout sessions, as well as the induction of new members into Pi Epsilon Pi, the department's chapter of a national student honor society for writing studies.

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Adele Richardson: Excellence in Teaching and Advising

March 2017

photoAdele Richardson of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric has had a busy year so far, winning two awards for her outstanding work as a professor and academic advisor. Adele won the 2017 College of Arts & Humanities Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and the 2017 University Excellence in Undergraduate Faculty Academic Advising Award. Only two advising awards will be given out in 2017 for the entire university, and Adele is one of only 21 faculty receiving undergraduate teaching awards for the entire university this year. The limited nature of these awards testifies to the success of Adele’s work with students as a teacher and academic advisor.

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Nathan Holic’s Class Featured in the Orlando Sentinel

March 2017

photoNathan Holic of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric and his class were featured in the Orlando Sentinel on February 27, 2017 for his ENC3375 Rhetoric in Popular Culture class. This is a special topics class where the subject matter varies semester by semester, and largely depends on which professor teaches the class. Some past topics featured fantasy football, the zombie apocalypse, and Holic's rendition of the class, which is called "The Rhetoric of Comics."

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Dr. Kevin Roozen: Expanding Literate Landscapes

March 2017

photoKevin Roozen, an associate professor in the UCF College of Arts and Humanities Department of Writing and Rhetoric, recently had his book Expanding Literate Landscapes: Persons, Practices, and Sociohistoric Perspectives of Disciplinary Development published with Computers and Composition Digital Press. The book, which is co-authored with Joe Erickson of Anoka Ramsey Community College, presents five longitudinal case studies of writers which challenge narrow, institutionally-bounded accounts of disciplinary writing, learning, and socialization.

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Women Making History at UCF: Three Notable Women in Writing and Rhetoric

March 2017

photoThree women in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric have been nominated to be featured on the website of the Center for Success of Women Faculty as "women making history at UCF."The entire month of March is dedicated to Women's History Month; every day, a different woman will be featured along with a personal interview. The CSWF's main focus is supporting and highlighting the excellent work of UCF's female faculty, as well as providing resources for success.

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Ella Raynor: Winner of the 2017 CCCC Scholars for the Dream Award

February 2017

photoCongratulations are in order for our very own Ella Dali Raynor for winning the 2017 CCCC Scholars for the Dream award. Ella is a graduate teaching assistant who has been with Writing and Rhetoric since fall of 2015 and is currently an MA student in the Writing and Rhetoric Master's degree program. Ella is one of only ten students nationwide to win this prestigious and highly competitive award.

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Zemliansky Wins Award for Collection of Essays

February 2017

photoPavel Zemliansky, a professor in the UCF College of Arts and Humanities Department of Writing and Rhetoric, has been honored with a 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication Technical and Scientific Communication Award for his collection of essays, Rethinking Post-Communist Rhetoric: Perspectives on Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication in Post-Soviet Spaces. The piece, which was co-authored by Kirk St. Amant of East Carolina University, was the winning submission in the Best Original Collection of Essays in Technical or Scientific Communication category.

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Knights Write Showcase: A Spotlight on the Exceptional Work of First-Year Writers

February 2017

photoThe Department of Writing and Rhetoric hosted the 7th annual Knights Wright Showcase on February 1, 2017. 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.

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Five UCF First-Year Composition Students' Writing Featured in New Issue of Stylus

December 2016

photoCongratulations to UCF students Kristina Abicca, Dana Mikkelsen, Taylor Rayfield, Amber Steward, and Shravan Yandra, all of whom have had work they produced in their first-year composition classes published in the latest issue of Stylus: A Journal of First-Year Writing. The subjects of their individual articles vary—from considerations of writing processes to the effects of multilingualism on note-taking and knowledge-making to the rhetoric behind design choices made on medical resource websites—but all share a sense that writing can be used to meaningfully inquire into the world around us. "Their work is truly outstanding," said Stylus faculty editor, Matthew Bryan, "and represents our first-year writing program very well."

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Honors in the Major Research Uses Prison Publication to Examine Writing Practices

December 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. Stephanie Wheeler, along with committee members Dr. Marcy Galbreath and Dr. Anthony Grajeda, to examine how inmates use rhetorical strategies to inform and change the conversation of their identities. Specifically, Stepanov is exploring the writing in the prison newspaper San Quentin News, a publication staffed by incarcerated men. Alexandra Stepanov's projected thesis defense date is in April 2017.

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UCF Alumnus Heads to His New Position at Daytona State College Writing Center

November 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:

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UCF Students Compete at an International Conference

October 2016

photoThe Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group for the Design of Communication (ACM SIGDOC) works to advance an interdisciplinary approach to design, development, and delivery of communication. The mission of SIGDOC includes the encouragement of research, development, and use of emerging modes of communication. In September, SIGDOC held its annual conference, which included the ACM Student Research Competition. The SRC is a joint venture of ACM and Microsoft where undergraduate and graduate students present their original research to a panel of judges. It is an exciting opportunity for students to venture deeper into the world of research, learn from other students and professionals, envision real-world applications of their work, and gain recognition. This year's SRC included students from universities across the country, including UCF.

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Writing Across the Curriculum and Working Across Campus: WAC Partners with Faculty Across Disciplines

October 2016

photoWith the objective of assisting faculty across different disciplines in creating and achieving effective writing instruction, the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program implements several ongoing programs simultaneously. Recent news of the WAC program includes:
In September, a year-long interdisciplinary project focusing on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) began. The six participants include faculty from the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, the NanoScience Technology Center, and the College of Business Administration. This is a great opportunity for scholars to receive assistance with their research from WAC. Last year’s participants in the WAC SoTL project will present their paper, “Redefining the Function of Lesson Plans: A Study of Teacher Candidates’ Knowledge of Lesson Plan as Genre,” at the 2017 Association of Teacher Educators’ Annual Conference.
WAC is awarding six starter grants to faculty from the Department of Legal Studies, the Department of History, and the College of Education and Human Performance.

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Rhetoric and Composition Graduate Student Enriches the UCF Community

September 2016

photoRachel E. Molko is a second-year graduate student in the Master of Arts Rhetoric and Composition program. Her recent work on exploring spoken-word poetry as a literacy tool has led to opportunities to present at the WPA conference, the Thomas R. Watson conference, and Cultural Rhetorics Conference.

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Student-led Inquiry Project Becomes Expanded Research Project

September 2016

photoCongratulations to Texts & Technology students Brandy Dieterle and Landon Berry on the publication of their article in Computers in Composition on the Writing Center Digital Workspace they designed for our University Writing Center. Brandy previously worked as a peer tutor in the University Writing Center and teaches composition for our department. She also contributes to the department by teaching ENC 3417-Literacy and Technology. Landon was also a peer tutor in the University Writing Center and has worked with UCF’s Writing Across the Curriculum Program. Landon also teaches composition for the department.

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DWR Welcomes New Faculty Member Dr. Dustin Edwards

August 2016

photoThe Department of Writing and Rhetoric is pleased to welcome assistant professor Dustin Edwards to the UCF community. Edwards researches and teaches digital-material rhetoric, and he has particular specializations in public writing and circulation, writing infrastructures, and intellectual property.

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Annual Schell Award Recognizes Innovative Writing Instruction

July 2016

photoEach year, UCF's Writing Across the Curriculum Program, which is housed in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, honors one innovative teacher with the Schell Award for Implementing Innovative Writing Instruction in the Disciplines. The award is given to a faculty member who has demonstrated commitment to and success in improving student learning through sound discipline-specific writing instruction in his or her courses. The award recognizes and encourages the kind of writing instruction that uses writing to achieve deeper student learning.

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DWR 2015-16 Award Winners

June 2016

Congratulations to the Department of Writing and Rhetoric’s faculty who received 2015-2016 TIP and SoTL awards. Kathleen Bell and Nate Holic received the Teaching Incentive Award (TIP), which rewards sustained high levels of teaching effectiveness. Mark Hall, Mary Tripp, and Pavel Zemliansky received the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award (SoTL). The SoTL award is given to faculty who make outstanding contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning within their discipline and/or to the teaching and learning community.

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