Faculty and Staff


Barry Mauer

Research Interests: Film and Media Studies; Cultural Studies; Rhetoric and Composition; Literary Theory; Memory and Monuments

Patty Hurter

Faculty List by Area of Specialty

Core Faculty

J.D. Applen

Research Interests: Classical and Contemporary Rhetoric; Technical Communication for students across UCF in all majors; Hypertext and Writing for the Web; XML and Digital Archiving; Literature of Science and Technology; The Discourse of Science

Jonathan Beever

Research Interests: Environmental Bioethics; Simulation and Representation; Soundscape Ecology; Ethics and Science; Animal Ethics; Research Ethics

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

James Campbell

Research Interests: British and Irish Literature since 1885, War and Literature, Sexuality Theory, Science Fiction

Robert Cassanello

Research Interests: Social History, Southern History, Race, Gender, Historiography

Paul M. Dombrowski

Research Interests: Rhetoric theory, history, and practice, classical to contemporary; Texts and Technology, rhetorical and ethical aspects, and statistics and research design; technical communication, especially rhetorical and ethical aspects; discourse about rhetoric studies

Dustin Edwards

Research Interests: digital rhetorics; public writing and circulation; the politics of writing infrastructures, especially social media platforms; intellectual property/authorship studies; professional writing pedagogy; affect theory and new materialisms

Joseph Fanfarelli

Research Interests: Educational Games; Gamification; Video Game Design; Learning & Pedagogy; Research Methods

Luis H. Favela

Research Interests: : Philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science. : Buddhism, ethics, existentialism, phenomenology.; Dynamical systems modeling (decision-making and neural dynamics), perception-action (affordance perception and sensory substitution).

Scot A. French

Research Interests: Digital and Public History; Community Studies/Local Knowledge; Sites of Memory; Southern History; African American History; Atlantic World/African Diaspora

Maria C. R. Harrington, Ph.D.

Research Interests: Virtual reality, simulations, and human-computer interaction for learning and creating; Virtual environments and simulations of nature for informal learning; Perception, cognition, society and cultural transformations mediated through virtual environments; Emergent, co-creation activities and design of technology to support; Art and technology -- virtual reality as an aesthetic medium

Bruce B. Janz

Research Interests: Contemporary African Philosophy; Postcolonial Thought ; Theories of Place/Space; Urban Studies; Environmental Thought; Contemporary European Philosophy: Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Deleuze; Contemporary Cultural Theory & Aesthetics; Visual Culture; Technology & Culture; Digital Humanities; Theories of digitality; Liberal Arts, Humanities, and Interdisciplinary Studies; Scholarly Cognition; Philosophy & History of Mysticism; Religion, Philosophy & Culture

Dan Jones

Research Interests: Technical communication, plain English and plain language, science and literature, writing and designing online help, and science fiction

Natasha N. Jones

Research Interests: technical and professional communication; narrative; social justice and activism in technical and professional communication; technical communication pedagogy for engineers; inclusive design

Mark L. Kamrath

Research Interests: Brown and the Early Republic, 1771-1810; Eighteenth-Century Periodicals and Print Culture; Native American Studies; Digital Humanities and Textual Editing

Peter Larson

Research Interests: Medieval & Early Modern England; social and economic history; legal history.

Connie L. Lester
  • Connie L. Lester, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor, History, UCF College of Arts & Humanities
    Program Director, RICHES (Regional Initiative for Collecting the History, Experiences and Stories of Central Florida)
  • Connie.Lester@ucf.edu

Research Interests: Modern South, agricultural, environmental and economic history

Barry Mauer

Research Interests: Film and Media Studies; Cultural Studies; Rhetoric and Composition; Literary Theory; Memory and Monuments

Rudy McDaniel

Research Interests: Digital badges; Interactive narrative; Knowledge management; Information architecture; Video game studies; Digital humanities tools; Games for change; XML

Shelley M Park

Research Interests: queer kinship; transracial adoption; polymaternal families; the ethics of care in a technological era; home and homelands; gendered divisions of labor in higher education

Tison Pugh

Research Interests: Medieval English Literature; Queer and Gender Studies; Pedagogy; Film; Children's Literature; Southern Literature

Christian Ravela

Research Interests: 20th Century Multi-Ethnic Cultural Production, Comparative Racialization, Critical Ethnic Studies, American Studies, Cultural Studies, Asian American Studies, Critical Race Theory, Critical Theory, Social Movement History, Liberalism and the Left

Angela R. Rounsaville

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

Anastasia Salter

Research Interests: digital narrative; electronic literature; game studies; social media; digital humanities; gender & marginalized voices in technology

Blake Scott

Research Interests: Rhetoric of Health & Medicine; Rhetorical History and Theory; Professional and Technical Communication; Theories of Writing, including Writing Program Development

Peter Smith

Research Interests: Game Design, Serious Games, Integrating Wearables and Sensors in Games, Alternate Controllers for Games

Mel Stanfill

Research Interests: Digital Labor; Media Industry Studies; Interfaces; Fan Studies; Queer Theory; Race and Gender Studies

Sonia H. Stephens

Research Interests: Scientific and Technical Communication in Digital and visual Media; Narrative Information Visualization; Visual Risk Communication; Visual Metaphor; User Evaluation of Interactive Tools; Digital Humanities

Natalie Underberg-Goode

Research Interests: Digital folklore; Digital ethnography; Digital storytelling; Visual anthropology; Participatory digital methods; Latin American folklore and cultural heritage; Cultural heritage tourism; Peru and Latin Americans in U.S.

Stephanie Vie

Research Interests: Composing in social media, particularly social networks; Critical technological literacy; Computer games and pedagogy; Multimodal composition; Plagiarism detection technologies and writing assessment; Professional and technical communication

Keri Watson

Research Interests: Modern and Contemporary Art; History of Photography and Film; American Studies

Pavel Zemliansky

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

Associated Faculty

Madelyn Flammia

Research Interests: International Technical Communication; Virtual Teams; Visual Communication; Document Design and Layout; Publication and Production; International Studies; Global citizenship

Kevin Meehan

Research Interests: Caribbean Literature and Culture; African American Literature and Culture; Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development; Popular Music in the Age of Digital Reproduction

Affiliated Faculty

Affiliated faculty do not play a direct role in the governance or administration of the program, but have other expertise or skills deemed essential to the ongoing goals of the program. The individuals listed below serve as external committee members on individual student dissertation committees. We are grateful for their ongoing support and engagement with Texts & Technology doctoral students.

Michael Arnzen

Research Interests: Creative writing; scholarship of teaching; horror fiction; horror film; speculative poetry; literary theory; new media; film history; genre fiction; "the uncanny" in the arts; writing

Sarah Barber

Research Interests: Archaeology of Mesoamerica, archaeology of the Greater Southwest, poststructural social theory, origins of complex societies, middle-range societies, household and community archaeology, ceremonial and ritual practices, near-in remote sensing, and public education

Syd Bauman

Research Interests: Markup languages; digital humanities; XML; representation of overlap; document constraint; document interchange; emergency medical services

Jeffrey S. Bedwell

Research Interests: Psychophysiological aspects of a broad range of mental health disorders thought to relate to schizophrenia, including bipolar disorder, and identification of psychophysiological abnormalities that may reveal potentially unique underlying causes and neuropathology

Clint Bowers

Research Interests: Study of games and other technology as training tools, and the use of games and other technology in the prevention and treatment of mental illness

Rebecca Dingo

Research Interests: Twentieth-century rhetorical theory, transnational feminist theory, girl studies, disability studies, documentary film, and public policy

Stacey Dunn

Research Interests: Body image, eating behavior, interpersonal relationships and influences and women’s issues

Terri Fine

Research Interests: Women and politics, public opinion and voting behavior, and political methodology

Stephen M. Fiore

Research Interests: Shared Cognition; Technology as External Cognition; Collaborative Problem Solving; Narrative and Training; Technology and Learning; Narrative Systems for Teams

Elizabeth Grauerholz

Research Interests: Gender; Consumption; Media; Childhood; the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL); Animals and Society

Richard Hartshorne

Research Interests: Technology and teacher education, the integration of emerging technology into the k-post-secondary curriculum, modeling and simulation, and online teaching and learning

Charles E. Hughes

Research Interests: Avatar-mediated interaction, digital puppetry, human surrogates, human-technology interaction, mixed and virtual reality, virtual heritage, computer graphics, theory of computation, tree of life

Kenneth Jurkiewicz

Research Interests: Film theory and criticism; science fiction; horror

Darl Larsen
  • Darl Larsen, Ph.D.
  • Professor, Theatre & Media Arts, Center for Animation, College of Fine Arts and Communications, Brigham Young University
  • darl@byu.edu

Research Interests: Film genres, film history, animation, screenwriting, and popular culture

Kendall Leon

Research Interests: Research methodologies for studying rhetoric and writing; community and cultural rhetorics; service learning pedagogies; writing program administration; assessment; institutional rhetorics; digital writing; Chicana theory and rhetoric; composition theory; instructor development and mentoring

Ty Matejowsky

Research Interests: Cultural anthropology, economic anthropology, globalization, fast food, disasters, culture change and development; Southeast Asia (Philippines)

Timothy Oleksiak

Research Interests: Listening as a rhetorical act and online interaction in academic and public spaces; critical writing pedagogy and Queer theory

Leonardo Oliveira

Research Interests: Hypertension in adults and athletes, cardiovascular disease prevention and wellness strategies, exercise performance and cardiac issues in athletes, stress fracturers, musculoskeletal ultrasound and shockwave therapy, running Injuries

Marc C. Santos

Research Interests: Classical and contemporary rhetorical theory and practice; postmodern and psychoanalytic philosophy and theory; and new media pedagogy and praxis

Elizabeth Scanlon

Research Interests: Adolescent literacy, teacher education, digital writing, gamification, ESOL

Mark Schafer

Research Interests: Political psychology in general, with particular interests in groupthink, the operational code, and psychological correlates of foreign policy behavior

Evan Selinger
  • Evan Selinger, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction, and Creativity, and Fellow, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • eselinger@mail.rit.edu

Research Interests: Ethical issues concerning technology, science, the law, expertise, and sustainability, and public engagement

Robert D. Taylor
  • Robert D. Taylor, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies and Special Programs, School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, Arizona State University New College
  • RDTaylor@asu.edu

Research Interests: Leadership of the acquisition, digital archiving, museum/gallery presentation of historical material, interdisciplinarity--especially in the visual and performing arts--and creative writing

Kimberly Voss

Research Interests: Journalism history, food journalism, advertising history, culinary history, women's studies, 1950s & 1960s, textual analysis and women and newspaper management

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