Writing and Rhetoric Department:College of Arts and Humanities

Pavel Zemliansky

Pavel Zemliansky, Ph.D.

Before earning my PhD in English, with the concentration inrhetoric and composition from Florida State University in 2002, I earned my BA in translation and interpretation and a minor in French from Kharkiv State University in Ukraine. Until I became a writing researcher and teacher in the US, I worked as a teacher of English as a foreign language, translator, and interpreter in the US, Ukraine, Russia, and other countries. I now use my international background and my knowledge of five languages to teach students about the contextual and situated nature of writing. My diverse professional history and backgrounds also allow me to consult colleagues at other UCF departments on WAC more effectively.


  • Ph.D. in English (Rhetoric and Composition) from Florida State University (2002)
  • M.A. in English from Appalachian State University (1998)
  • B.A. in Translation Studies, English, French from Kharkiv State University, Ukraine. (1992)

Research Interests

Professional communication, especially in international contexts; writing across the curriculum and writing in the disciplines; connections between professional communication theory and WAC/WID; new media in professional communication

Recent Research Activities

My current research activities focus on WAC/WID theory and practice and on professional communication in international contexts. In particular, I am studying professional writing and rhetorical practices in the countries of the former Soviet block.  

Selected Publications

Edited Collections

  • Zemliansky, Pavel and Kirk St. Amant. Rethinking Post-Soviet Rhetoric: Perspectives on Rhetoric and Writing in the Post-Soviet Space and the Eastern Bloc. Washington, DC: Rowman and Littlefield. 2016. Winner of the 2017 CCCC Best Original Collection of Essays in Technical and Scientific Communication Award.   
  • Zemliansky, P., Lowe C. (2011). Writing Spaces, Readings on Writing, vol. 2. Parlor Press, Anderson, SC.
  • Zemliansky, P., Wilcox, D. (2010). Design and Implementation of Educational Games:Theoretical and Practical Applications. Hershey, PA: IGI-Global.
  • Zemiansky, P., Lowe C. (2010). Writing Spaces, Readings on Writing. vol. 1. Parlor Press, Anderson, SC.
  • Zemliansky, P., St. Amant, K. (2008). The Handbook of Research on Virtual Workplaces andthe New Nature of Business Practices. Hershey, PA: IGI-Global.
  • Zemliansky, P., Bishop, W. (2004). Research Writing Revisited: A Sourcebook for Teachers. Portsmouth, NH, Heinemann.
  • Zemliansky, P. St.Amant, Kirk. (2004) Internet-Based Workplace Communication:Industry and Academic Applications. With Kirk St.Amant. Hershey, PA: Information Science Publishing,2004.
  • Zemliansky, P., Bishop, W. (2001). The Subject is Research. Portsmouth, NH, Heinemann.


  • Saitta, E.K., Zemliansky, Pavel, and Turner, Anna. “A Model for Program-Wide Assessment of the Effectiveness of Writing Instruction in Science Laboratory Courses.” Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 26.4, (2015). 

  • Zemliansky, Pavel and Kirk St. Amant. “The State of Technical Communication in the Former USSR: a Review of Literature.” The Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 43.3 (2013). Lead article.
  • Zemliansky, P. (2012) Achieving Experiential Learning Through a Web-Based Intercultural Project. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication. 55.3, (275-286).
  • Zemliansky P. et al. (2012). Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Network of Communication Channels:Lessons Learned from a Communication Survey in Technical Communication Programs.Programmatic Perspectives: the Journal of the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication. 4.1.
  • Zemliansky, P., Melzer, D. "Research Writing in First-Year Composition and AcrossDisciplines: Assignments, Attitudes, and Student Performance." Kairoshttp://english.ttu.edu/kairos/8.1/binder.htmlfeatures/melzer/kairosfront.htm(2003).
  • Zemliansky, P. (2000). Mechanical Correctness ofStudent Writing in CCC: A Historical Perspective and What It Teaches Us.Composition Forum. 10.2: 1-19.
  • Zemliansky, P. (1999). Connecting Ideas: Use of Hypertext in Freshman Research Papers. Virginia EnglishBulletin. 49.2: 58-61.
  • Zemliansky, P. (1999). A Brief Review ofContemporary US Composition Theory. Vestnik Harkovskogo Universiteta (TheHerald of Kharkov University): 32-35.

Book Sections/Chapters

  • Zemliansky, Pavel and Olena Goroshko. “A Survey of Academic and Professional Writing Instruction in Higher Education in Russia and Ukraine.” Forthcoming in Rethinking Post-Communist Rhetoric: Perspectives on Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication in Post-Soviet Spaces.  Eds. Pavel Zemliansky and Kirk St. Amant. Washington, DC: Rowman and Littlefield.

  • Zemliansky, P. (2014). “Expertise in professional communication as a catalyst for WAC/WID administration success,” in Sharing Our Intellectual Traces: Narrative Reflections from Administrators of Professional, Technical, and Scientific Communication Programs, T. Bridgeford, K. Kitalong, and B. Williamson, Eds. New York: Baywood Publishing Company, pp. 161-178. 
  • Zemliansky, P., Zimmerman, T. (2013). "Workplace Realities Versus Romantic Views of Authorship, or Why Intellectual Property Issues Matter to thePedagogy and Practice of Technical Communicators." in Legal Issues in Global Contexts. eds. Kirk St. Amant and Martine Courant-Rife. Amityville, NY: Baywood Press
  • Zemliansky, Pavel and Brandi Mooring. “A Wiki Writing Project as a Means of Teaching and Learning Writing Collaboration and Project Management.” in Web 2.0 Applications for Composition Classrooms. Ed. Lutkewitte, C. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press. 159-169.

  • Zemliansky, P. and Goroshko, O. (2013). "Social Media and Other Web 2.0 Technologies as Communication Channels in a Cross-Cultural, Web-Based Professional Communication Project." in Social Media and the New Academic Environment: Pedagogical Challenges eds. Patrut, B., Patrut, M., & Cmeciu, C. Hershey, PA: IGI-Global.
  • Zemliansky, P. (2010). Workplace Use of Web 2.0 Communication Tools andIts Implications for Training of Future Communication Professionals. Virtual Environments for CorporateEducation: Employee Learning and Solutions. Ed. William Ritke-Jones.Hershey, PA: IGI-Global.
  • Zemliansky, P. (2010). PreparingWriters for Virtual Environments. VirtualCollaborative Writing in the Workplace. Computer-Mediated CommunicationTechnologies and Processes. Hershey, PA: IGI-Global.
  • Hewett, B., Remley, D. DiPardo, A. Zemliansky, P.(2010). Frameworks for Talking About Virtual Collaborative Writing. Virtual Collaborative Writing in theWorkplace. Eds. Beth Hewett and Charlotte Robidoux. Computer-MediatedCommunication Technologies and Processes. Hershey, PA: IGI-Global.
  • Zemliansky, P. (2010). Literacy is Not JustWords Anymore. In Everythings a Text:Readings for Composition. Eds. Dan Melzer and Deborah Coxwell-Teague.Longman.
  • Zemliansky, P. (2005). "A Balancing Act ofEfficiency and Exploration: Tutoring Writers in Advanced Courses." in A Tutor's Guide: Helping Writers One-on-One.Ed. 2nd ed. Ben Rafoth. Boynton Cook/Heinemann.
  • With His-Ling Huang, FadiAl-Issa, and Masood Raja. (2004). When You Look and Sound Un-American: Advice forForeign-Born Teachers of Writing. InFnding Our Way. Eds. Wendy Bishop and Deborah Coxwell-Teague.Houghton-Mifflin.
  • Zemliansky, P. (2002). Writing About Growing UpBehind the Iron Curtain. Practice in Context. Eds. Cindy Moore and Peggy O'Neill. National Council of Teachers of English.
  • Zemliansky, P. (2001). "Using Pre-ExistingKnowledge During Research" in TheSubject is Research. Eds. Wendy Bishop and Pavel Zemliansky. Boynton Cook/Heinemann.


Research and Teaching Awards

  • The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award. University of Central Florida. Spring 2016.
  • The Chuck Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching

Research Funding

  • Council for Writing Program Administrators Research Grant (2 grants, both as co-PI)
  • Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication Research Grant (PI)
  • UCF College of Arts and Humanities Seed Research Grant (co-PI)


I am currently involved in several research projects in WAC/WID and international professional communication. 


No courses found for Spring 2019.

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92340 ENC6701 Professional Writing Studies Web Web Not Online
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50873 ENC6247 Proposal Writing Web C Web Not Online
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11147 ENC3250 Professional Writing Web Web Not Online
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11364 ENC4944 Writing Internship Face2Face 12:00AM - 12:00AM Not Online
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81552 ENC4944 Writing Internship Face2Face 12:00AM - 12:00AM Not Online
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92363 ENC5237 Writing for Business Prof Web Web Not Online
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Department of Writing and Rhetoric • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
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