Writing and Rhetoric Department:College of Arts and Humanities

Highlights

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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Recent DWR Award Winners

June 2017

The Department of Writing and Rhetoric is continuously celebrating the successes of our faculty. Over the weekend, three of our faculty members have won various awards for their accomplishments.

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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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