Students

  • Camila Alvarez

    Camila earned her MA in English from Florida Atlantic University in 2005.  Her  research interests include digital natives and web culture.

  • Bartley Argo

    Bartley received his MFA in Film and Television from the Savannah College of Art & Design in 2007 and is interested in the intersection of new media and the moving image. Bartley is pursuing an interdisciplinary exploration of digital advancement and impact, and comparisons to historical studies of particular topics such as gender, race, and ethnicity.

  • Carissa Baker

    Carissa earned her English Literature MA from the University of Central Florida in 2008.  She is interested in manufactured nature in physical spaces.

  • Clayton Benjamin

    Clayton finished his MS degree in Technical Writing at the University of Minnesota (UMN) in December of 2010, with a special focus on information architecture, usability, and human factors. His thesis focused on extending Marshal McLuhan's theories of extension to online identity in order to situate incoming freshman as digital natives, and to argue for the inclusion of critical technology studies in first year composition. Additionally, he obtained a double major in Journalism and Theater from UMN in spring of 2006. Though his background is quite eclectic, a focus of identity has been consistent. His senior project for his theater degree was an instillation piece. The piece took place on the Washington Avenue Bridge at UMN and focused on messenger windows from gay male chatrooms, technological noise, and the disconnect of digital text and physical context.

  • Landon Berry

    Landon Kyle Berry earned his B.A. in Theatre with a minor in creative writing from Centre College. He went on to earn his M.A. in English from Eastern Kentucky University where he focused on composition and writing center studies. While at T&T, Landon plans to explore video games and digital media as teaching tools for the composition classroom, while incorporating his love of Theatre, creative writing, and music.

  • Rachel Braaten

    Rachel joined the T&T program in 2014 to pursue the advancement of Asian cultural ideas in current media forms. Believing that old and new cultural stories that involve Asian spiritual beliefs, politics, history, and art are told and retold in films, anime, manga, and simulated video game worlds, Rachel is interested in deconstructing the oral traditions that are the foundations for these legends, and looking at how they have evolved through various forms of Asian media. Rachel received her MA in English Literature from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is currently a faculty member at Seminole State College.

  • William Bryan

    William G. Bryan, originally from Orlando, FL., studied history as an undergrad and masters student. In the T&T program he has been focused on sound, recording technology and the textuality of music.

  • Ruth Currey

    Ruth is currently a Computer Animation/AP Studio Art Instructor for Orange County Public Schools who received her MEd in Art Education from UCF in 2010. Ruth hopes to find a way to effectively combine the teaching of English with a focus on literature, with a technology-based art curriculum in animation and digital graphics using a standardized digital portfolio platform.

  • Nicholas DeArmas

    Nicholas joined the T&T program from UNC Charlotte, where he received his MA in Rhetoric and Composition in 2014. He is interested in studying the effect of applied rhetoric across mediums, and analyzing the consequences of rhetorical decisions in divergent mediums such as new media and music.

  • Brandy Dieterle

    Brandy Dieterle received her MA in Composition and Literature from Purdue University Calumet in 2013. While at UCF working on her degree in T&T, Brandy is focusing her studies on multimodal composition, digital literacies, and representations of the self in digital spaces.

  • Christopher Foley

    Chris earned his MA in English from Eastern Kentucky University in 2014.  His research builds on how space, collaborative networks, programmatic design, and assessment and evaluation influence institutional writing cultures.

  • Delia Garcia

    Delia is the Director of CAHSA, the UCF College of Arts & Humanities Student Advising office.  She received her MS in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida in 2001.  Delia’s current research interests include literacies of marginalized populations, higher education, and social justice.

  • Nikolas Gardiakos

    Nikolas is a Visiting Instructor in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at UCF, and graduated from UCF with an M.A. in Educational Leadership in 2012.   Nick’s research examines how including digital rhetoric and new media literacy into undergraduate writing courses affects practices of pedagogy.

  • Linda Garrison

    Linda received her MLIS from FSU in 2006 and is currently a librarian and Digital Citizenship instructor in St. Petersburg, FL. Her interests include children’s literature, particularly that which portrays children as soldiers, and improving communication between technology professionals and teachers. Soon after starting the T&T program, Linda began focusing her studies on transgender persons and the limitations as well as the opportunities imposed on their self-expression by social media.

  • Wendy Givoglu

    Wendy Givoglu has served as Dean of Arts & Entertainment at the East Campus of Valencia College since 2008 after teaching Humanities and Art History at Valencia for ten years. Ms. Givoglu has also taught at Tallahassee Community College and Florida State University. Her B.A. and M.A. were both completed in Humanities at Florida State University. The author of The Orlando Arts Guide, a cultural resource for Central Florida college students, Ms. Givoglu is an Arts enthusiast and advocate for collegiate and community arts programs. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden, Florida, and on The Circle for the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida.

    Ms. Givoglu has been the recipient of numerous awards, including three National Endowment for the Humanities grants for summer study, a grant for summer study at Cambridge University from the English-Speaking Union Winter Park Branch, and the University Club of Orlando Endowed Chair in Humanities. Ms. Givoglu began the Texts & Technology PhD Program at the University of Central Florida in the fall of 2012.

  • Carolyn Glasshoff

    Carolyn Glasshoff received her M.A. from UCF in Composition and Rhetoric, focusing on technical and science writing. Her research interestes are centered on writing in the sciences and how science-based information is adjusted as it moves from a scientific sphere to a public one. She is also interested in environmentalist rhetoric and how the sciences are used within this movement as a rhetorical tool. Before graduate studies, she earned a B.A. from the University of Florida in English with a minor in mathematics, and before that earned an A.A. in pre-engineering from Pensacola Junior College, forming a basis for her focus on writing in science and technical fields.

    In addition to technical and science writing, Carolyn's interests include writing pedagogy and writing center theory. She has presented at writing center conferences concerning the use of technology in peer tutoring and the use of handouts in tutor training. She currently teaches first year writing courses at UCF and is interested in the application of new technologies in teaching writing and how technology helps shape students as writers.

  • Amanda Hill

    Amanda received her MA Theater (2013) from the University of Central Florida, and is interested in digital storytelling, theater, ritual performance, and youth voices.

  • Jasara Hines

    Jasara received her B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Philosophy from New Mexico State University (2004). That same year she began teaching for Osceola County Public schools, and has been teaching in the public school system since then. In 2008, she completed her M.A. in English Literature at UCF while teaching for Orange County Public schools. She has been with OCPS for six years. She also teaches for Valencia College (since 2008), and has taught as an adjunct for UCF and ASU. Her area of focus is the remediation of collective memory, memorials, and other objectives of collective memory.

  • Kenton Howard

    Kenton is a 2012 graduate of Florida Atlantic University where he earned an MA in Literature, Kenton researches the interconnection of science fiction and video game narratives and the ways in which literary theory can be applied to both fields.

  • Bryce Jackson

    Bryce is the IT Manager for UCF’s College of Arts & Humanities and graduated from UCF in 2014 with an MA in English/Technical Communication.   His research connects textual theory to programming by applying scholarship and cultivating interpretations.

  • Kyung Mee Joo

    Kyung Mee joined the Texts and Technology Ph. D. program in 2011. After getting her first Ph.D. in French Literature from the University of Paris-Sorbonne with her dissertation on Jean Racine, the 17th century French playwright, she followed her itinerary of theatre studies by doing her MA in theatre at UCF.  She currently teaches French in UCF’s College of Arts & Humanities’ department of Modern Languages & Literatures. She chose the Texts and Technology Ph.D. program because she was fascinated by its interdisciplinary and innovative aspects toward Hyper-humanities. Currently, Kyung Mee has focused on Korean theatre, where old culture collides with new culture. Her future dissertation will cover performance from the Korean traditional and oral theatre to Korean contemporary performance such as K- pop that is flourishing on social networks and worldwide websites.

  • Valerie Kasper

    Valerie Kasper was accepted into the T&T program in the fall of 2010. Her bachelor's degree is from the University of Florida in Journalism (1990) and her master's degree in Mass Communication is from the University of South Florida (1995). When she completes her PhD, she will have completed the trifecta within the Florida university system.

    Valerie has spent the last 20 years between two academic institutions. For the first ten years, she worked for the College of Medicine at the University of South Florida as part of the editorial office. She edited medical manuscripts; created newsletters, brochures, and other desktop publishing needs; created and maintained their websites; and anything else requested by the doctors in the department. Once Valerie had children, she moved into education so her children didn't have to be latch key kids. She has spent the last eleven years teaching at Saint Leo University near Dade City, FL. (She is a Floridian who has always lived in Tampa.) Valerie teaches composition, literature, and journalism classes, both grounded and online. In addition, she advises the campus newspaper, The Lions' Pride.

    Her interest lies in African American literature, specifically how female writers, such as Hurston and Morrison, use men in their stories, and how the legacy of slavery and its lingering effects are passed down through these men. However, since Valerie straddles two disciplines, she has many journalistic interests. Last semester she began researching African American newspapers from their start in 1827 through the Civil Rights movement, and has since continued with that research.

  • Mark Kretzschmar

    Mark received his MA in English from the University of Wyoming in 2010, and joined the T&T program in 2014. Mark ‘s research builds on an analysis of how cultural myths and narratives are branded and become sustainable, exploring the qualities and strategies that assure that narratives remain in the public consciousness.

  • Dan Martin

    Dan is an Instructor in the Department of Writing & Rhetoric at UCF and received his MA in English Literature from UCF in 2005. His research interests include intertextuality in digital environments and media, Writing Across the Curriculum and transfer, and multiliterac.

  • Marcia Mazzarotto

    Marci Altamura Mazzarotto began her doctoral studies at UCF in 2011 after leaving a full-time position with Apple Inc. Although a native of Southern California, she has lived throughout the southern United States, as well as Brazil. She spent nearly 13 years working in the industry for several private corporations, as well as an extended run as an employee of the federal government.

    She earned a two-year technical degree in Motion Picture and Television Production and a Certificate of Acting and Directing from The Film School @ SCC, and a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State University. She currently teaches in the English Dept. at Valencia College and in the Dept. of Humanities at Seminole State College of Florida. She also holds a position as a Research Assistant in UCF's Office of Information Fluency, and serves as a member of the Planning Committee for the annual Information Fluency Conference.

    As a visual artist and scholar, Marci hopes to bridge the gap between art and theory by exploring and experimenting with uniquely different, yet equally inspiring disciplines. Her main research interests include film, digital media, the avant-garde, postmodernism, sound and the visual arts.

  • Jennifer Miller

    Jennifer is a partner, writer, and project manager for Gravitational Marketing in Orlando. She received her MA in Corporate Communication & Technology from Rollins College in 2002. Jennifer’s research interests include exploring digital discourses to uncover and ultimately outline strategies for how successful authors rhetorically accomplish goals utilizing new technologies such as social media and mobile phone apps.

  • Laura Moeller

    A 2014 Michigan Technological University graduate with an MS in Rhetoric and Technological Communication Laura’s interests include  exploring pedagogy, cross-cultural and cross-lingual communication, and technology and cultural rhetoric.

  • David Moran

    David received his MFA in Emerging Media from UCF in 2014. He is interested in using applications of mobile game design and transmedia storytelling to explore mobility and public transportation in the American Southeast. His research is focused on location-based gaming that has the transformative potential to creatively and systematically engage players/inhabitants with the urban design of their communities.

  • David Morton

    David joined the T&T program after receiving his MA in Public History from UCF in 2014. Currently a Social Studies teacher in Winter Park, David hopes to use his creative background to develop dynamic and inventive contributions to the fields of education, semiotics, and early motion picture exhibition.

  • Eric Murnane

    A 2014 graduate of McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Eric joined the T T program after receiving his MA in English. His research is in transmedia storytelling, especially as it relates to television series and graphic novels which are cross-platform. His work studies the effects these new multi-engagement stories have on audiences and the new cultural norms that stem from them.

  • Angel O'Keeffe

    Elle O'Keeffe is a fulltime online Faculty Manager for the Minnesota/North Dakota region of Rasmussen College.

    Elle has been teaching and working online since 2004, and has several years of experience hiring, training, and managing in higher education. She has served in various roles, from directing a department staffed by twenty student workers to managing over 100 online faculty.

    Elle has a BA in English Literature, an MA in Liberal Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing from The University of Central Florida. She earned her MBA with concentrations in General Management and Human Resource Management from Keller Graduate School of Management.

    Her research interests are in visual communication, online education design, and long-term digital narratives.

  • Daniel Powell

    Daniel’s area of research is focused on speculative fiction, digital publication, and transmedia narratives.  He received his MA in English from Portland State University in 2002.

  • Irene Pynn

    A 2004 Seton Hill University graduate with a MA in Writing Popular Fiction, Irene is interested in gaming, transmedia storytelling, and virtual performance spaces.

  • Sara Raffel

    Sara received her MPhil in Film Theory and History in 2012 from Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland. Her research involves studying the relationship between narrative music and postmodernism in film. She hopes to explore how sound can have the same effect on the listener as color has been found to have on the viewer.

  • Elena Maria Rogalle

    Having earned an MA in English from UCF in 2008, Elena is currently the Course Director for Effective Copywriting in the Media Design MFA Program at Full Sail University. Her research interests include female affiliation, community, and collaboration and how digital archives can recreate the literary, historical, and cultural contexts of the time.

  • Joshua Roney

    Joshua received his MA in Rhetoric & Composition from UCF in 2012. His research interests include technical communication, instructional design, and digital rhetoric.

  • Terie Rousseau

    Terie’s work focuses on memory, melancholia, disavowed loss, and grief.  She received her MA in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Central Florida in 2009.

  • Michael Sacasas

    Michael earned his MA in Theology from the Reformed Theological Seminary (2002).  His work centers on the philosophy of technology, rhetoric, and discourse.

  • Nathan Snow

    Nathan is interested in film, animation, video games, and spectator theory. He is a 2012 graduate of the University of Bristol in the UK, earning a MA in Cinema Studies.

  • Rochelle Swiren

    Chelle is interested in online pedagogy, and the influences of technology on text and culture.  She earned her MA in English from the University of North Florida in 2003.

  • Emily Tarvin

    Emily received her M.A. in American Studies at the University of Alabama in 2016, and she is currently interested in researching the YouTube community and its relationship to subcultures and the mainstream.

  • Patricia Thomas

    Patricia is a certified information systems security professional with an M.A. in English from the University of New Orleans. She is concentrating on the interstices of literature and technology with an emphasis on coded narratives and interactive multimedia design. Her broad research interests include multiethnic U.S. literature, gender theory, and signposts of social membership.​

  • Mia Tignor

    Mia is interested in information literacy pedagogy, the influence of emerging technologies in online and traditional classrooms, and the online presence of cultural heritage organizations.  She graduated in 2012 from the University of South Florida with an MA in Library and Information Science.

  • Amy Vanschaik

    Amy received her MA in Visual Language in 2008 from the University of Central Florida, and is researching games, interactive media tools for education, user experience (UX), usability, human-computer interaction (HCI), and tangible user interface design (tui).

  • Nicholas Ware

    Nicholas Ware earned a B.A. in Media Production and English Literature in 2003 before moving to Osaka, Japan for three years to teach English as a second language. Upon returning to the United States he managed a table-top games store for a year before enrolling in the Popular Culture Master's program at Bowling Green State University. At BGSU he was able to explore his interests in both games and Japanese culture through a culture studies perspective with his thesis, "'You Must Defeat Sheng Long to Stand a Chance': Street Fighter, Race, Play, and Player," graduating in 2010. He plans to continue to explore the themes of cross-cultural, inter-game, and intra-game identity with his work in Texts & Technology at UCF, while improving his understanding of the technical side of culture.

  • Rachel Winter

    Rachel graduated with her MA in English from Eastern Kentucky University in 2015 where she focused on learning space design and Writing Studio Pedagogy. Her interests in the T&T program include multimodal writing studio studies and digital media as political and social activism.

  • Aaron Zwintscher

    Aaron is a 2009 graduate of New York University, earning a MA degree in Human and Social Thought.  His research centers on noise, glitch, media theory and archeology, nature, and religion.

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