Dr. 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.
The 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.
Adele 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.
Nathan 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."
Kevin 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.
Three 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.
The Department of Writing and Rhetoric hosted the 7th annual Knights Wright Showcase on February 1st, 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.
Congratulations 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.
Pavel 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.
The 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.
Congratulations 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."
Writing 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.
The 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:
The 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.
With 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.
Rachel 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.
Congratulations 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.
The 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.
Each 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.
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.