T&T Mock Job Interview Panel

December 08, 2015  Five courageous T&T students participated in mock job interviews to assist them in preparing for the job market. Sandy Branham and Clayton Benjamin held their interviews via Skype, and Emily Johnson, John Bork, and Eric Murnane participated in face-to-face interviews.  Drs. McDaniel and Vie were friendly but tough Search Committee...

On Gratitude and Graduate School

November 27, 2015  As graduate faculty and graduate students, we are trained to be critical – to see the flaws and problems in arguments, ideas, and products. This is not surprising, because it is important to carefully evaluate ideas and thoughtful critical review is a significant aspect of what it means to be...

FRBR/RDA: New and Improved Search or Just a New Name for Discrimination?

November 23, 2015  “The Library of Congress Subject Heading as a Gendered Technology” As Ph.D. students, we spend a significant amount of time researching our discipline in the library. We rely on the library to provide academic sources that are authoritative, scholarly, current, and credible. We use the library’s online catalog to search...

Making Waves, Mixing Colors: Johnson Successfully Defends Dissertation

November 03, 2015  Emily K. Johnson successfully defended her dissertation, Making waves, mixing colors, and using mirrors: The self-regulated learning support features and procedural rhetoric of three whole-body educational games. Emily’s dissertation explores three whole-body educational games (WBEGs) using a quantitative study, a case study, and analyses of their procedural rhetoric to better...

Disciplinary Mythologies: Lamothe Successfully Defends Dissertation

November 03, 2015  John Lamothe, a graduate of Penn State University and current T&T student, successfully defended his dissertation, Disciplinary Mythologies: A Rhetorical-Cultural Analysis of Performance Enhancement Technologies in Sports, in UCF’s Center for Graduate Studies. Using a rhetorical-cultural methodological approach, John’s research led to the formation of a new theoretical framework called...

Identification Through a Blended Method of Research: Culler Successfully Defends Dissertation

November 03, 2015  Connie Culler successfully defended her dissertation, Good Works: Commonplaces of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Travel and Tourism Industry. A set of six companies was selected for the study — Disney, Hilton, Intercontinental, Marriott, Starwood, and Wyndham – and commonplaces were identified through a blended method of research that employed...

Challenging Preconceived Notions on Race and Culture

November 03, 2015  Dr. Paulette Richards, Executive Director of the Atlanta-based digital production company, Ayamedia, presented her work in creating lo-tech videos with her handmade puppets, challenging how we see and think about race and culture. Dr. Richards, a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Virginia, is a scholar, teacher, videographer,...

Creative Curations – Internet

October 28, 2015  Theme: Internet It’s no secret the internet is challenging the traditional ways we have lead our lives – ensuring we remain on our toes at all times and questioning the foundations on which we’ve always come to rest. Which is why Playboy Magazine’s recent change to its traditional content shouldn’t...

Rock and Roll and the Amateur Aesthetic

October 23, 2015  Elvis’ Sun recordings were the products of collaborations amongst amateur and professional artists, Elvis being the amateur. Does this mean that amateurs can achieve levels of creativity that match or better those of professionals? In some cases, yes. Amateurs established new institutions, new standards and new practices, but they would...

What is T&T?

October 13, 2015  It’s a common question posed to students of the UCF T&T Ph.D. Program.  The misinterpretations of our family and friends are often quite humorous. One student’s mother thinks she only programs cell phone apps. Often, misunderstandings of the program stem from these extremely narrow assumptions about our fields of research,...

Barry Mauer, the Pedagogue

October 05, 2015  The Eclectic and Electric Dr. Barry Mauer Dr. Barry Mauer’s UCF office resembles less of an office and more of a low lit lounge. The ceiling is lined with decorative linen that hides the ceiling tiles and harsh fluorescent lights. Lamps cast a low glow and pillows sit on his...

Welcome to the T&T Blog!

September 21, 2015  Welcome to the new Texts and Technology blog! Texts and Technology is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Central Florida. This blog will serve as a repository for thoughts and ideas from the minds of our students, faculty, and staff, as...

2015 Conference in Ireland

July 13, 2015  Pastoral and inspiring, the University of Limerick campus in western Ireland served as the perfect backdrop for two back-to-back conferences on technical communication attended by several T&T faculty and students, ProComm 2105 and Sigdoc 2015.  Faculty and students presented both workshops and posters during the events.

Alumni Interview: Brian Blackburne

June 24, 2015  Dr. Brian Blackburne begins the fall 2015 semester at Sam Houston State University as a newly promoted Associate Professor in Technical Communication, where he has worked since graduating from the Texts and Technology Program in 2008. In addition to teaching at SHSU, Blackburne has consulted with local and national corporations...

Chapter Written by T&T Community Published in Routledge Studies

May 06, 2015  UCF’s T&T Community had a chapter Teaching the Repulsive Memorial published in Pedagogies of Public Memory, a Routledge Studies in Rhetoric and Communication anthology. Authors include Barry Jason Mauer, John Venecek, Amy Larner Giroux, Patricia Carlton, Marcy Galbreath, and Valerie Kasper. For information about the anthology, please visit the publisher...

Digital Humanities Workshops by Dánielle Nicole DeVoss

March 18, 2015  The T&T Guest Speaker Series brought Dánielle Nicole DeVoss to campus in March to discuss innovative new directions in Digital Humanities. She conducted a workshop, "Composing Multimodal Projects,” and presented “Creative, Innovative, Digital, and Entrepreneurial: Constellating New Directions for Humanities Work.” Students, faculty and staff enjoyed learning how to engage...

T&T Guest Speaker Series: Understanding Graduate Research Production in the Digital Age

February 26, 2015  Guests from the University of Florida – Sophia Acord (Associate Center Director/Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology & Law) and Laurie Taylor (Digital Scholarship Librarian) – met with T&T students and faculty to discuss Open Access and Electronic Dissertations. Please click here to download the event flyer.

April Anderson: Breaking the Archival Fourth Wall

February 24, 2015  April Anderson, University Archivist at the Milner Library at Illinois State University, presented a lively discussion for T&T students, faculty, and members of the UCF Library concerning Digital Archival Exhibition in the Digital Realm. Dr. Anderson also visited Dr. Barry Mauer’s class, Visual T&T, to discuss Citizen Curatorship of digital...

Congratulations on a Successful Dissertation Defense

January 13, 2015  Congratulations to T&T student, Leandra Preston-Sidler, who successfully defended her dissertation on January 27, 2015. Leandra’s dissertation is titled Watch Me Disappear: Gendered Bodies, Pro-Anorexia, and Self-Injury in Virtual Communities. Photoed (from left to right): Meredith Tweed, Leandra Preston-Sidler, and Maria Cristina Santana.

Congratulations T&T Alum Meghan Griffin!

January 06, 2015  U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the Best Online Programs in the nation and T&T Alum, Dr. Meghan Griffin (2012), leads one of the bachelor degree programs offered at Daytona State College (DSC) that ranked #2! Meghan is the Director of the Bachelor of Applied Science Program (BAS) in...