Writing and Rhetoric Department:College of Arts and Humanities

Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Composition

We invite students to come and explore the relationship between the long history of rhetorical studies and contemporary writing and literacy practices.

Program Mission

The M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition trains students to engage in technologically adept, theory-informed research and teaching about rhetoric, writing, and literacy.

Students in the program

  • Learn how rhetorical theory has and can inform the teaching and practice of academic, professional, and civic writing
  • Conduct advanced research and participate in scholarly discussions of Rhetoric and Composition Studies
  • Are prepared for advanced teaching positions, writing-intensive professional positions, and Ph.D. programs in rhetoric and composition or related disciplines

Key Features

  • Faculty strengths include writing program administration, writing and digital media, rhetoric as civic engagement, community literacy, and transnational rhetoric
  • Students have opportunities to work with and conduct research for the department’s outreach programs, including the University Writing Center and new WAC initiative
  • Students are part of a vibrant community of scholars who engage one other through a reading group, teaching workshops, department celebrations, and other events

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
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

Kevin Roozen

Research Interests: Literate development throughout the lifespan; Longitudinal studies of literacy and learning; Writing for multiple contexts; Cultural-historical activity theory; Sociohistoric perspectives of literacy and learning; Genre as rhetorical action; Basic writing; Qualitative research methods; Writing pedagogy; Writing program administration

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