J.D. Applen

J.D. Applen, Ph.D.


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
20294 ENC6425 Hypertext Theory and Design World Wide Web (W) Unavailable


This course is a restricted elective in the Technical Communication masters 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, politics and geopolitics, copyright law, gender, race, and the use of the World Wide Web in business, education, digital humanities, and technical communication.  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. 

11395 LIT4433 Literature of Science and Tech World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

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 Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang.  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 Date and Time Syllabus
81682 ENC3241 Writing for Technical Prof World Wide Web (W) Unavailable
No Description Available
92781 ENC4280 Technical Writing Style Video Strmng (V1) COVD DL exmp Th 01:30 PM - 02:45 PM Unavailable
No Description Available
93113 ENC4414 Writing and Hypertext World Wide Web (W) Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
51226 ENC3241 Writing for Technical Prof World Wide Web (W) B Unavailable
No Description Available
51257 ENC3241 Writing for Technical Prof World Wide Web (W) A Unavailable
No Description Available

Updated: Oct 16, 2019