Ríos and Walls Join McNair Scholars Program as Faculty-in-Residence

August 12, 2013  Gabriela Raquel Rios and Douglas Walls have been awarded Faculty-in-Residence status by the McNair Scholars Program at the University of Central Florida. The McNair Scholars Program is UCF’s nationally recognized program dedicated to preparing low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented undergraduate students for graduate education leading to a Ph.D. One of the...

Dr. Stacey Pigg wins NEH Summer Stipend

April 12, 2013  Stacey Pigg was awarded with a Summer Stipend Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her project, Writing Unbound: Invention, Sociability, and Digitized Public Space. The NEH Summer Stipends program provides awards for individuals to pursue scholarly work in the humanities during the summer. Recipients typically produce scholarly...

"Why Writing Matters" Contest Winners

March 26, 2013  On Tuesday, March 19, the University Writing Center hosted a reading for the winners of its “Why Writing Matters” contest. Entrants addressed the topic—in 500 words or less—in the genre of their choice. The winners represent a variety of academic backgrounds. 1st Place: Will Henken, undeclared major in the Burnet...

Knights Write: Works of First-Year Writers Showcased

February 02, 2013  The thought-provoking research and writing of first-year students were presented at the Third Annual Knights Write Showcase, hosted in the Student Union this week by the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. The showcase is an opportunity for the UCF community to view the exceptional work of students from the First-Year...

Laura Martinez Wins National Composition Award

December 17, 2012  Laura Martinez, an Instructor in Writing and Rhetoric and graduate of UCF’s M.A. program in Rhetoric and Composition, has been awarded a 2013 Scholars for the Dream Travel Award by the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). This award celebrates the scholarly contribution of first-time presenters at CCCC who...

First-Year Writing Program Earns National Honor

December 07, 2012  UCF’s First-Year Composition Program has been honored for its commitment to excellence by the Conference on College Composition and Communication. The program was awarded the Writing Program Certificate of Excellence, which is given to up to 20 programs a year that imaginatively address the needs of those they serve while...

Wardle Wins Outstanding Alumni Award

November 06, 2012  Elizabeth Wardle was honored by Iowa State with an Outstanding Alumni Award for the the English Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The ceremony was held in Ames, Iowa last week. Wardle completed her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Professional Communication at Iowa State in 2003. The college...

UCF Opens Center for Writing Excellence

October 10, 2012  A dedicated center for writing-related assistance, training and research opportunities is now open to University of Central Florida students and faculty members from all disciplines. The UCF Center for Writing Excellence celebrated its grand opening last week in a newly renovated space on the first floor of Colbourn Hall. The...

Knights Write showcases talent

December 16, 2010  The power of the written word brought close to three hundred people to the Pegasus Ballroom in the University of Central Florida Student Union Wednesday. Students, faculty, special guests and members of the public attended the inaugural Knights Write Showcase, which featured the best work from first-year students who received...

Knights Write: UCF to Showcase New Department

November 29, 2010  The inaugural Knights Write Showcase on Wednesday, Dec. 1, will feature exemplary work that first-year students have produced with support from UCF’s new Department of Writing and Rhetoric. The showcase, which is open to the public, will be from noon to 5 p.m. in the Pegasus Ballroom of the Student...

Writing & Rhetoric Department goal: help all students graduate

September 20, 2010  Will students one day improve their writing skills by taking an engineering class? That’s one of the goals of an innovative series of changes in how UCF teaches writing. UCF’s new Department of Writing and Rhetoric will serve as a flagship program to coordinate comprehensive writing instruction and support across...

Increasing Student Success: Smaller Classes, Innovative Pedagogy at UCF

September 20, 2010  The June/July 2010 issue of AAC&U News includes a feature article about recent undergraduate curriculum innovations at UCF, including the redesign of first-year composition classes. The article contains commentary from Elizabeth Wardle. AAC&U News is published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Read the complete article.