Dr. David Staley Presents to History and T&T Students

March 29, 2017  Dr. David Staley from the Ohio State University gave a talk to History and T&T students and faculty in conjunction with the display of FHQ III, a 3-D printed data sculpture of the Florida Historical Quarterly. Dr. Staley has written three books: Computers, Visualization and History; History and Future: Using...

The Full-Time Employee in a Doctoral Program

February 28, 2017  Carissa Baker I cannot recall how many times I have been asked since beginning the Texts & Technology doctoral program, “How do you do that?” During the candidacy exam process, I asked myself the same question constantly as I would start my workday at 8am and end my studying at...

Three T&T students recently published in Visual Ethnography v5(2).

February 27, 2017  Four T&T students– Bartley Argo, Nicholas DeArmas, Amanda Hill, and Sara Raffel– were recently published in Visual Ethnography v5(2).): “The Way It Used to Be: Exploring Cultural Heritage Through the Augmented Reality Story of a Neighborhood Soul Food Restaurant.” Visual Ethnography is an international, peer-reviewed journal. The article is about...

Notes on Althusser: Ideology and Interpellation

January 27, 2017  One of the central topics of study in the humanities is the question of ideology. There are many theories about what it is and how it works. One of the more significant of these theories comes from a French Marxist, Louis Althusser, in his 1970 essay, “Ideology and Ideological State...

Tools and Advice for Confronting the Core Candidacy Exam

January 09, 2017  When I joined Texts & Technology, the Ph.D. candidacy exams seemed to me like they’d be the most nerve-wracking aspect of the journey. When I was a first-year student balancing the demands of courses, teaching, and professional development, the exams seemed hazy and far in future. Suddenly, they weren’t. For...

T&T Student,Kendra Auberry, Won the 2016 Florida Campus Compact Engaged Scholarship Research Award

November 29, 2016  T&T student Kendra Auberry recently won the 2016 Florida Campus Compact Engaged Scholarship Research Award in the Florida College System Sector for her research on collective impact. Collective impact refers to a collaborative, inter-organizational effort to effect social change. Auberry, who is the STEM librarian at Indian River State College...

A Sorcerer Looking for a Place in the Academy

November 27, 2016  Author’s note: While working on this post, it was brought to my attention that the binary I created here could be read as arrogance. This is not my intent. I am here exploring something which I feel a great amount of self-consciousness about. I spend a lot of time thinking...

That Reminds Me of a Story

November 25, 2016  Stories have always played an important part in my life. In fact, my story begins with a story that my great-grandmother told her assembled relatives at a Thanksgiving gathering. As the story goes, she had consumed her one glass of pivo (Slovak for beer) and began telling her family not...

T&T Student Published in Xchanges

November 16, 2016  Congratulations to T&T student, Jennifer Miller, on her recently published article in Xchanges! Her article may be viewed here: "Multiliteracies for Inclusive Technologies: A Case Study on Location-Based Services and Domestic Violence Survivors."

Three T&T Students Have Been Named 2016-2018 HASTAC Scholars

November 14, 2016  The Texts and Technology program is pleased to announce that three of its students, Nick DeArmas, Jennifer Miller, and David Morton, have been named 2016-2018 HASTAC Scholars (pronounced Haystack: Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory). The HASTAC Scholars fellowship program is an innovative student-driven community of graduate and...

Rethinking the Theme Park at Halloween Horror Nights

October 28, 2016  While I’ve lived here in Florida for a few years, and been an annual passholder at Disney since before I came to Orlando, I haven’t spent as much time at Universal Studios. Every year I’m impressed by the advertising campaign that accompanies the arrival of Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights (“hosted”...

Literacy Narratives and the Need to Make Yourself Vulnerable

October 25, 2016  In the beginning of this semester, I asked my students to write a short reflection on how they learned to read and write. The assignment was an abbreviated version of what we traditionally call a literacy narrative in the field of writing and rhetoric. Literacy narratives are popular assignments in...

Student-led Inquiry Project Becomes Expanded Research Project

September 28, 2016  Congratulations to Texts & Technology students Brandy Dieterle and Landon Berry on the publication of their article in Computers in Composition on the Writing Center Digital Workspace they designed for our University Writing Center. Brandy previously worked as a peer tutor in the University Writing Center and teaches composition for...

From Student to Colleague: T&T Milestone Series Tackles Professional Socialization

September 23, 2016  The work we do as undergraduate and master’s students tends to prepare us with invaluable foundations in a field of knowledge and skills in interpretation and writing, but the structure of those degrees tends to insulate us from a broader understanding of the university as an institution or academia as...

Welcome to Texts & Technology, Our Spaceship Earth

September 21, 2016  As I was riding Spaceship Earth at Epcot a few weeks ago, I had a light bulb moment: Spaceship Earth is a representation of human relationships with technology, as it is meant to be, but it can also be a symbol for the discipline of Texts & Technology. If you...

On Competition, Teamwork, and Finding Your Scholarly Voice: Valuing the Desks around You

August 02, 2016  My high school basketball coach once told me, “A rising tide lifts all ships.” I think he just wanted to motivate me to box-out more when the shots went up, but his point was that when we work unselfishly together toward goals, it benefits everyone. I never thought that basketball...

Historical Agricultural News Wins 2nd Place in NEH Data Challenge

July 28, 2016  Historical 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. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced six...

Candidacy Exams: Advice for Preparation and Motivation during the Summer Months

July 12, 2016  Ah, summer. That beautiful period that comes right after a taxing semester of meetings, courses, and complex critical theory. Depending on your situation, this might be a time of excitement as you have finally booked that dream vacation to Malaga, Spain (make sure you visit Gibraltar), or it could be...

Digital Humanities 2016 Conference

July 10, 2016  T&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...

Stress and Success: Five Strategies for Self-Care

June 28, 2016  I started this post back in March. At the time, I was determined to write about the strategies I used in order to magically fit everything into my daily schedule. As a high school teacher, a mom of an almost 4-year old and full time grad student, I would often...