Writing and Rhetoric Department:College of Arts and Humanities

Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing

The Certificate in Professional Writing program offers professionals in Central Florida the opportunity to improve and develop new communication skills vital to advancing in the workplace. Since the program is designed for busy professionals, all courses are offered via the Web, and the program can be completed in as few as three consecutive semesters.

Students from fields as varied as technical writing, business, public policy, education, and law can move through this flexible five-course sequence of graduate study. The curriculum is designed for immediate use in the workplace. Each course blends theory and practice, providing students with opportunities to apply writing, editing, and design strategies with cutting-edge technologies in a variety of community settings. Courses often include challenging real-world projects for local businesses and organizations.

More Information

For additional information or to set up an advising appointment, contact Dustin Edwards, Director of Graduate Programs. For more information about UCF graduate policies, consult the UCF Graduate Catalog.


Sonia Christine Arellano
Amy J Barnickel

Research Interests:
Art-making and writing, Gender, feminism, writing, cultural studies, caribbean literature, women's studies, theatre and musical theatre

Melody Bowdon

Research Interests: Faculty Development; Technical and Professional Communication; Gender and Technology; Service-Learning and Higher Education; Distance-Learning

Martha Catherine Brenckle

Research Interests: Queer Theory and FYW; Gender Studies and Feminist Theories; SOTL in Information Literacy and Undergraduate Research; Assessment ; Fiction; Poetry

Dustin W. Edwards

Research Interests: digital and material rhetorics; circulation studies ; professional writing; public rhetorics and writing ; environmental rhetoric; infrastructure 

R. Mark Hall

Research Interests: Writing center theory and practice; Tutor education and professional development; Literacy practices in popular culture; Writing pedagogy

Jamila Kareem

Research Interests: Critical race theory and writing contexts; Composition studies; Cultural rhetorics; Student identities, literacy and identity, and rhetoric and identity; Linguistic diversity and writing; Rhetorical literacies; Writing across difference; Cosmopolitan Englishes

Laurie A. Pinkert

Research Interests: Writing program design, administration, and development; Writing within and across disciplines; Graduate writing practices and infrastructures ; Service-learning and engagement pedagogies ; Writing teacher education and mentoring; Disciplinarity in Rhetoric, Composition, and Writing Studies

Angela R. Rounsaville

Research Interests: Transnational/Transcultural Literacy; Literacy Studies; Rhetorical Genre Theory; Transfer; Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition

Blake Scott

Research Interests: ; Rhetoric of Health & Medicine; Rhetorical History, Theory, & Techne; Professional & Technical Communication; Writing Theory & Pedagogy; Writing Program Development

Stephanie Vie

Research Interests: Social media and social networking theory; Social media and pedagogy; Critical technological literacies; Video and computer games; Multimodal composition; Plagiarism detection technologies and writing assessment; Professional and technical communication

Research Interests: Cultural Rhetorics; Disability Studies; Rhetoric of Eugenics; Rhetoric of Pop Culture, particularly Harry Potter and Lady Gaga

Department of Writing and Rhetoric • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
Campus Location: Trevor Colbourn Hall (TCH - Building 123) Room 165A
Phone: 407-823-2295 Fax: 407-823-1287 • Website Technical Support: cahweb@mail.ucf.edu