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Historical Agricultural News Wins 2nd Place in NEH Data Challenge

July 2016

photoHistorical Agricultural News, a project by Amy Giroux, Marcy Galbreath, and Nathan Giroux, recently won second place in the NEH Chronicling America Historic Newspapers Data Challenge. Drs. Giroux and Galbreath are both 2014 graduates of UCF's Texts and Technology doctoral program.

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Digital Humanities 2016 Conference

July 2016

photoT&T student, Tricia Carlton, and T&T alum, Amy Giroux, traveled to Poland to attend the Digital Humanities 2016 Conference in Kraków. The theme of the conference was “Digital Identities: the Past and the Future.” Pictured is Tricia at her poster session. The conference was hosted by the Jagiellonian University and the Pedagogical University of Kraków.

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UCF Graduate Research Forum Winner

April 2016

photoCongratulations to Texts & Technology student, Jennifer Miller, who won First Place in the Fine Arts & Humanities category at UCF’s 2016 Graduate Research Forum. In addition to a cash award, Jennifer is off to compete in at the State-level research forum to be held in Gainesville at the end of the month.

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T&T Student Jardaneh Successfully Defends Dissertation

March 2016

photoCongratulations to T&T student Kevin Jardaneh for successfully defending his dissertation,Building a Foundation for Goal-Attainment and Problem-Solving in Interdisciplinary Studies: Reimagining Web-Based Core Curriculum Through a Classical Lens, on March 31.

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T&T Students Miller & Dieterle lead terrific interactive workshop

March 2016

photoT&T students Jennifer Roth Miller and Brandy Dieterle led a terrific interactive workshop, From Strategic Objectives to Digtial Tools: Using Social Media for Activism, at the Department of Writing & Rhetoric’s Annual Symposium. They are pictured here with DWR’s Jacob Stewart who helped lead the workshop.

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From Ashes to Ashé: Carlton Successfully Defends Dissertation

March 2016

photoCongratulations to Tricia Carlton who successfully defended her dissertation, From Ashes to Ashé: Memorializing Traumatic Events through Participatory Digital Archives.

Pictured with Tricia are members of her dissertation committee (left to right): Dr. Bruce B. Janz, Dr. Barry Mauer, Dr. Jeffrey Bedwell (Psychology), and Dr. Mark Kamrath (Chair). Dr. Natalie Underberg-Goode, also a member of the committee, is not pictured.

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Dining with the Cyborgs: Cotto Successfully Defends Dissertation

March 2016

photoCongratulations to T&T student Maggie Cotto for successfully defending her dissertation, Dining with the Cyborgs: Disembodied Consumption and the Rhetoric of Food Media in the Digital Age, on March 22.

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T&T Student Mitchell Successfully Defends Dissertation

March 2016

photoCongratulations to T&T student Cynthia Mitchell for successfully defending her dissertation, ”Exploring Repurposing Across Contexts: How Adolescents’ New Literacies Practices Can Inform Understandings about Writing-Related Transfer.“

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T&T 2015-16 CAH Award Winners

February 2016

Congratulations to T&T alum Leandra Preston-Sidler on being chosen for the College of Arts and Humanities 2015-2016 Award for Outstanding Dissertation for her dissertation, "Watch Me Disappear: Gendered Bodies, Pro-Anorexia, and Self-Injury in Virtual Communities."

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Success of Women Faculty & ProQuest Academic: Baker Successfully Defends Dissertation

February 2016

photoT&T student, Carissa Baker, attended the UCF Dissertation Forum, a one-day event hosted by the UCF Libraries and the UCF College of Graduate Studies, in collaboration with the UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty and ProQuest Academic.

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Digital Humanities Workshops by Brian Blackburne

January 2016

photoOn Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the T&T Guest Speaker Series brought T&T Alum Brian Blackburne (2008) to campus. Dr. Blackburn shared lunch with T&T students, faculty, and staff and discussed his experience with the hiring and tenure process. That evening, Dr. Blackburne conducted a lecture titled, "2 kewl 4 skool: Examining Students' E-Mail Habits in a Socially Mediated Culture." The lecture was attended by T&T students, alumni, faculty, and staff who enjoyed learning about the interactions between professors and students in e-mail correspondence collected between 2003 and 2013 from Dr. Blackburne’s students. Dr. Blackburne is currently an Associate Professor of Technical and Professional Communication at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

T&T Mock Job Interview Panel

December 2015

photoFive courageous T&T students participated in mock job interviews to assist them in preparing for the job market. Sandy Branham and Clayton Benjamin held their interviews via Skype, and Emily Johnson, John Bork, and Eric Murnane participated in face-to-face interviews.  Drs. McDaniel and Vie were friendly but tough Search Committee members, as was Ms. Wendy Givoglu, Dean of Arts/Entertainment at Valencia College and a current T&T student. The "candidates" had pre-selected a job for which they wanted to interview, and submitted cover letters and CVs for consideration. Other T&T students were in attendance as observers, and provided written feedback to the candidates.

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Making Waves, Mixing Colors: Johnson Successfully Defends Dissertation

October 2015

photoEmily K. Johnson successfully defended her dissertation, Making waves, mixing colors, and using mirrors: The self-regulated learning support features and procedural rhetoric of three whole-body educational games. Emily’s dissertation explores three whole-body educational games (WBEGs) using a quantitative study, a case study, and analyses of their procedural rhetoric to better understand the roles these types of games can have in teaching self-regulated learning (SRL) and digital literacy skills. The three WBEGs, Waves, Color Mixer, and Light and Mirrors, are similarly structured and intended to teach science concepts to players.

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Disciplinary Mythologies: Lamothe Successfully Defends Dissertation

October 2015

photoJohn Lamothe, a graduate of Penn State University and current T&T student, successfully defended his dissertation, Disciplinary Mythologies: A Rhetorical-Cultural Analysis of Performance Enhancement Technologies in Sports, in UCF’s Center for Graduate Studies. Using a rhetorical-cultural methodological approach, John’s research led to the formation of a new theoretical framework called disciplinary mythologies. His dissertation discusses how two specific disciplinary mythologies—the level-playing-field topos and the nostalgia enthymeme—shape arguments and actions through sports discourse.

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Identification Through a Blended Method of Research: Culler Successfully Defends Dissertation

October 2015

photoConnie Culler successfully defended her dissertation, Good Works: Commonplaces of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Travel and Tourism Industry. A set of six companies was selected for the study -- Disney, Hilton, Intercontinental, Marriott, Starwood, and Wyndham – and commonplaces were identified through a blended method of research that employed rhetorical analysis, modified grounded theory, and NVIVO content analysis software.

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Challenging Preconceived Notions on Race and Culture

October 2015

photoDr. Paulette Richards, Executive Director of the Atlanta-based digital production company, Ayamedia, presented her work in creating lo-tech videos with her handmade puppets, challenging how we see and think about race and culture. Dr. Richards, a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Virginia, is a scholar, teacher, videographer, and performing artist, planting seeds of change wherever she goes. Her work is compelling and significant, and draws primarily on social semiotic theory to develop students’ new media literacies. Dr. Richard uses the production of digital media to make students more aware of visual and other rhetorical strategies. More about Dr. Richards may be found here: https://sites.google.com/site/pauletterichards3/home.

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