J.D. Applen

J.D. Applen, Ph.D.

Education

  • Ph.D. in English from the University of Arizona (1994)

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

Selected Publications

Books

  • Applen, J.D.  Writing for the Web: Composing, Coding, and Constructing Web Sites. New York: Routledge, June, 2013.
  • Applen, J.D., and Rudy McDaniel. The Rhetorical Nature of XML. New York: Routledge, 2009.

Awards

  • Gloria Jaffe Outstanding Technical Communicator Award of 2016.  Presented by the Orlando Central Florida Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication.   February, 2016.
  • TIP Award. (Teaching Incentive Program). UCF College of Arts and Sciences. $5000.  May, 2011.
  • UCF Competitive Sabbatical. CAH.  Fall, 2010.
  • TIP Award. (Teaching Incentive Program). UCF College of Arts and Sciences. $5000.  May, 2004.

Activities

  • Department of English Graduate Committee
  • Texts and Technology Committee
  • Future Technical Communicators Student Club Adviser
  • English Technical Writing Lab Manager

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19399 ENC4280 Technical Writing Style Face2Face Tu,Th 3:00PM - 4:15PM Not Online
No Description Available
19405 ENC6425 Hypertext Theory and Design Web Web Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81948 ENC4293 Doc & Collaborative Process Rdce Time Tu 1:30PM - 2:45PM Not Online
ENC 4293.0M01: Documentation and the Collaborative Process
(Applen)

PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 3211 or ENC 3241

We will produce a style manual for the needs of UCF students, staff, and faculty. This manual will be written and organized so our readers can easily locate and understand the value of the information they need to produce well-organized written documents with graphical elements that cogently express the ideas that they will be documenting. There will be one manual produced by the class, so it is easy to see why it is important that we work well as a unit in this endeavor. This is a complex undertaking as we will have to define the scope and substance of the project, identify the needs of our audience, perform the requisite research, divide the work up into sections so each of us has a manageable task, and then unite all of our work together into one well-integrated manual. There will be a significant amount of writing and group work in this course.
81814 ENC4414 Writing and Hypertext Rdce Time Th 4:30PM - 5:45PM Not Online
ENC 4414.0M01: Writing and Hypertext
(Applen)

PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 3211 or ENC 3241

This course is a restricted elective in the Technical Communication major and Digital Humanities minor and was designed with humanities students in mind, so if you haven't had any prior experience with hypertext technology, this is fine. All majors are welcome. In this course, we will work on our writing skills, our Web site architecture skills, and our technical coding skills based on CSS and HTML to produce 1) a personal Web site, and 2) an informational Web site that you build from a ten-page term paper you write for this course on anything to do with digital humanities or technical communication. By the end of the semester, you will be a competent Web site technician and writer and have a strong theoretical and applied sense of how traditional texts or bodies of writing can be converted into hypertext documents that you build from scratch.

There will also be some shorter assignments in the course, and we will be spending a significant amount of time studying theories about information so we can develop a more critical sensibility regarding hypertext.

The topic for your paper will be on one of the many issues associated with hypertext such as First Amendment rights, copyright law, gender, community, and the use of the World Wide Web in business and education. After we have finished our written projects, you will turn it into a web site that utilizes the rhetorical advantages of hypertext to their fullest advantage.
80356 LIT4433 Literature of Science and Tech Web Web Not Online
LIT4433.0W61: Literature of Science and Technology
(Applen)

PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102

In the Literature of Science and Technology, we will examine the topics of science, technical communication, culture, philosophy, and the philosophy of language and texts. You will be required to write one ten-page paper on one of these three texts assigned for the course: White Noise by Don DeLillo, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig, and The Double Helix (Norton Edition) by James Watson. This means that while you will be responsible for reading all three of our texts and doing the on-line work that is required for each book, you will only be responsible for writing a paper on one book.
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50629 ENC3241 Writing for Technical Prof Web A Web Not Online
ENC 3241.AW60: Writing for the Technical Professional
(Applen)

PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102

The purpose of this course is to prepare you for a variety of job-related writing tasks. Success in technical writing, however, requires that you first know for whom you are writing and why. Consequently, this course will stress audience awareness and purpose in written communication. The course will also help you select the appropriate materials for a writing assignment and arrange the material in a logical and appropriate sequence.
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19184 ENC4293 Doc & Collaborative Process Face2Face Tu,Th 3:00PM - 4:15PM Not Online
No Description Available
18506 ENG6801 Texts & Technology in History Face2Face Th 6:00PM - 8:50PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
90809 ENC4414 Writing and Hypertext Rdce Time Tu 12:00PM - 1:15PM Not Online
ENC4414.0M01: Writing and Hypertext
(Applen)

PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 3211 or ENC 3241

Theories of electronic literacy and information to develop a more critical sensibility regarding hypertext.
90811 ENC6338 The Rhetorics of Public Debate Web Web Not Online
ENC6338.0W61: The Rhetorics of Public Debate
(Applen)

PR: Graduate standing in English

This will be a course in applying rhetoric to contemporary political texts. The text for the course will be Classical Rhetoric for the Contemporary Student by Hawhee and Crowley, a neo-Aristotelian text that also draws on the work of the Sophists to present a more contemporary vision of rhetoric. We will use it to focus on the rhetorical elements of shorter pieces such as Barack Obama's "race speech" of 2008; Joan Didion's "Fixed Opinions, or The Hinge of History;" Joy Williams' "Save the Whales, Screw the Shrimp" and "The Killing Game;" Jimmy Carter's "Law Day Speech" of 1976; David Foster Wallace's "Consider the Lobster;" Ta-Nehisi Coates' "The Case for Reparations;" and Martin Luther King's "Letter form Birmingham Jail."
80363 LIT4433 Literature of Science and Tech Web Web Not Online
LIT4433.0W61: Literature of Science and Technology
(Applen)

PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102 and junior standing

Majors works of non-fiction that address and describe the history, philosophy, politics, and new ideas in science and technology.
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
51052 ENC3241 Writing for Technical Prof Web A Web Not Online
ENC3241.AW58: Writing for the Technical Professional
(Applen)

PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102 and junior standing

Writing effective correspondence, instructions, proposals, and informal and formal reports.
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