Ream Al-Ghamdi is a second-year Ph.D. Student in the Digital Humanities track. Her research interests are in social media, especially integrity on platforms. She holds a master’s degree from KSA in media and communication and a bachelor’s degree in library and information systems. She is a lecturer in the Media department at King Saud University -KSA. Recent presentations include Fan Studies Network, North America. To learn more, please visit Ream’s blog.
Bshaer Alharazi is a Ph.D. student in the Texts and Technology program with an emphasis in Digital Media. She has been selected as one of the UCF Global Student Ambassadors. She is an instructor at Taif University, Saudi Arabia. She holds a MA in Multimedia Journalism, and her BA was in the Mass Communication on the PR track. Her research interests include social media interpretation and memes.
Amanda Altamirano specializes in Scientific and Technical Communication. As a Graduate Research Assistant, her current research focuses on risk communication, usability and user experience (UX) for a community-oriented design project. To learn more about her transition to the interdisciplinary T&T program, check out Amanda’s CAH blog post. View her portfolio on amandaalta.com or connect with her via Twitter @AmandaAlta3.
I am a first-year Ph.D. student in the Technical and Scientific Communication track. In 2017, I received my Master’s degree at the University of Central Florida in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies. My research examines how African Americans create alternate online spaces on social media platforms to resist devaluation of Blackness and rhetorically represent and perform their race as first-class citizens of American society, deserving of equal rights, treatment, and legitimate recognition as other privileged races. My other research interests include Online Activism, Black Culture, Social Media Trends, Popular Culture, Gender Studies, Technical and Professional Communication, and Inclusive Interface Design.
Kendra Auberry is an Assistant Professor/STEM Librarian at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce. Kendra earned her Master of Library Science from Indiana University at Indianapolis. Her areas of interest include information literacy, especially regarding the effects of “fake news,” and the role of algorithms in finding and using information in ethical ways. Kendra plans to apply her research to understanding how these topics affect and are affected by students in the community college setting. Her recent publications include Increasing students’ ability to identify fake news through information literacy education and content management systems, (The Reference Librarian, 2018) and her professional website is http://kauberry-irsc.weebly.com/
Nikki Fragala Barnes
Nikki Fragala Barnes is an experimental visual poet and participatory installation artist. Her work is often collaborative, community-based and site-sensitive. An arts activist, Barnes centers material works on accessibility, land-based public histories, and the poetics of place. Also an independent editor and curator, Barnes served as the Poetry Editor and Editor-in-Chief of Obra/Artifact, a literary journal of experimental works. She is a poetry writing instructor with UCF’s English Department. Research areas of interest include geo/eco-poetics, public-facing museum practice and monument studies, multilingual/translated works across media, and the AR experience of digital archives. She can be found at @bynikkibarnes.
PS Berge (they/them) is a doctoral student studying (and making) games and digital media in the Texts and Technology program. Their current research focuses on queer play and alienation in videogames and virtual reality. They also study toxic technocultures on social media as well as tabletop roleplaying games. You can learn more about them and their current projects at https://psberge.com/.
Traci Billingsley is a Senior Technical Writer with 20+ years in the Healthcare IT industry. Her doctoral research focuses on digital literacy of marginalized populations and the impact of necessity in the age and aftermath of COVID. Traci earned her Bachelor of Arts in Scientific and Technical Communication from Bowling Green State University, her Master of Science in IT from Nova Southeastern University, and is excited to round out her studies with a concentration in Scientific and Technical Communication in the Texts and Technology Ph.D. program here at UCF. To learn more about Traci, check out her LinkedIn profile at www.linkedin.com/in/tnbillingsley.
Jacob Boccio received an MA in Film Studies from the University of South Florida Tampa in 2016, and an MLA in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts from USF Saint Petersburg in 2017. Boccio’s research interrogates how ideology and consumer culture is shaped by film and new media, software, interfaces, and online platforms, and he has presented at national and international organizations such as the Cultural Studies Association, Zizek Studies Conference, Media Ecology Association, and Popular Culture Association.
Rachel’s research interests include film history, feminist film theory, international new wave film movements, film festival theory, and how these subjects intersect. Her current research involves recovering the life and works of female filmmakers and their contributions to feminist movements, gender equality, social justice, and the future of women in film. Rachel holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College, and an M.A. from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her recent publications include The Historical Dictionary of Hong Kong Cinema, 2020, published by Rowman and Littlefield. She is a faculty member at Seminole State College, where she teaches courses in Humanities and Film Studies.
Tatyana Claytor holds an MA in Professional Writing and an M.Ed. in Technology Integration. She has taught high school and college courses for more than eighteen years. Her research interests include: Children and YA sci-fi literature and film, publishing, and education.
Alex Chabot completed his undergraduate work at State University of New York at Albany with a major in English. He holds an M.A. in English Education from the University of Central Florida. Alex has been an educator since 2010, teaching English and Education in both Brevard Public Schools and Eastern Florida State College. His current research interests are based in the development and utilization of educational technologies.
Nikki is a Ph.D. student in Texts and Technology student looking to focus on composition and rhetoric. Nikki holds an M.A. degree in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media from Nova Southeastern University (2020), and a B.A. from NSU in Communication (2017). Currently, Nikki is the Assistant Director of NSU’s Writing & Communication Center. Nikki is the Membership Officer for the Global Society of Literacy Educators (GSOLE) and a member of the GSOLE 2022 Conference Committee. Her research examines online literacy and online pedagogy, specifically in the fields of first-year writing and rhetoric.
Nada Chehab is a student in the T&T program. Her research interests are in postcolonial studies, medical humanities, data visualization, ethics, and ideologies and science as part of the Digital Humanities track. Nada graduated with a master’s in healthcare administration from the University of Central Florida in 2012. Her BS is in Medical Lab Technology from the American University of Beirut.
MA Rhet Comp, Old Dominion Univ., 2017
Dan Cox researches the ways in which >protocols control, <technology is granted agency, and video games influence gender performances in digital spaces. Portfolio: https://dancox.me/portfolio/
I received my Master of Arts degree from the University of Vermont in 2013. My research has focused on the interaction between science and literature, monsters, and storytelling in the horror genre. I am especially interested in interdisciplinary studies, especially neuroscience and literature. I have presented at several institutions such as the College English Association, Popular Culture Association, and the Victorian Institute. Currently, I am an English Professor at Valencia College.
Jennifer Crowell is interested in rhetorical and cultural identity; writing transfer; and, narrative, grounded theory, case study, interview, survey, and mixed methods study designs. She entered the Texts and Technology program in 2018 and holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where she focused on rhetoric, writing within and across disciplines, networked and organizational communication, and discursive leadership. She teaches first-year composition courses at Seminole State College of Florida.
Sahar Eissa received her MA in Political Communication from Cardiff University, in 2016. Her research focuses on analyzing digital media interfaces to create new social experiences for teaching and learning different fields such as civics, history, and arts. Eissa’s areas of interest include communication, design, mobile learning, games and AR/VR. She created a multimedia video for the St. Augustine Cemetery field trip while working with the Veterans Legacy Program at UCF, and now is developing a mobile app for the cemetery. In her T&T internship course, Eissa designed and developed a website for the Flickering Landscapes conference.
Chris earned his M.A. in English from Eastern Kentucky University in 2014. He has had the pleasure of learning as a writing center tutor and coordinator, community college teacher, and instructor in the UCF Department of Writing and Rhetoric. His research interests are related to [writing] pedagogy, rhetoric, and ideology. He has presented research on writing center spaces and cultures at Conference on College Composition and Communication, Southeastern Writing Center Association, and HASTAC. His current research seeks to understand how critical discourse analysis can be used to address harmful ideologies encountered in the first year writing classroom.
Stephanie Garcia specializes in Digital Humanities. Prior to joining T&T, Stephanie earned a Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing in Cognitive Science and Emerging Media. She is a triple Knight and also received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from UCF. Her research interests are gender representation in media and the roles women, especially women of color, play in digital media.Her other research interests focus on cultural representation and trends in the arts, specifically how cultural trends are perpetuated through media and vise versa.
Kendra Gilbertson earned her M.A. in Educational Leadership and graduate certificate in Professional Writing from UCF and her B.S. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Marketing & Management from Indiana University. She is currently the Associate Director in the College of Arts & Humanities Student Advising (CAHSA) office at UCF and previously taught Strategies for Student Success as an adjunct instructor. Kendra’s current research interests include social media, hashtag activism, gender equality and women in sport.
Theresa Gindlesperger earned her B.S. degree in English Language Arts Education in 1999 and her M.Ed in Educational Leadership in 2002, both from the University of Central Florida. She has served as an English teacher, a Library Media Specialist, an Instructional Coach, and a district Curriculum Specialist. She is currently a Reading Specialist at a K-12 virtual school, and teaches developmental reading and writing at Valencia College. Her research interests include the psychosocial impact of social media rhetoric on adolescents, and the outreach potential of school libraries in impoverished communities as public schools move to fully digitize curricula.
MA History and Social Science, SUNY, 1995
My area of interest will be digital global communication with a focus on strategies for employing more consistent applications and uses of these technologies in order to promote less fragmented interpersonal discourse in digital spaces.
Emily Hensley earned her M. A. in English in 2015 from Eastern Kentucky University, where she focused on digital media, writing studio pedagogy, and first-year writing. She currently teaches first-year composition at UCF where her current research focuses on best practices for teaching first-year writing students about rhetorical velocity and circulation using digital and networked media and how best to guide students through some of the difficult ethical choices they must make when writing in digital, networked spaces. A portfolio of her academic work can be found at ehensley.com.
Zachery Clyde Hickman
Zachery Clyde Hickman is an educator and poet. He earned an MFA, as a James A. Michener Fellow, from the University of Miami, Coral Gables. His research in the T&T program focuses on equity-minded pedagogical practices that promote the liberal goals of higher education, including critical inquiry and thinking, lifelong learning orientation, and civic engagement, specifically at the intersection of writing and rhetoric theory and educational technology. His other research interests include digital ethnography, learning games, and faculty development efforts toward improving student learning through evidence-based student-centered pedagogical approaches to teaching writing in the disciplines.
Ha’Ani Hogan is the Development and Marketing Manager at the Downtown Arts District, where she is responsible for grants, sponsorships, event planning, and cultivating donors to support the local arts community. Hogan earned an M.A. in Arts Administration from the Savannah College of Art and Design. A strong believer in the importance of creative place-making, she applies this concept to her professional and academic work. Her research includes studying the impacts of public art and how technology can help public art creators educate communities, enhance economic development, and influence social change.
Austin Hooks is in the Digital Humanities track. His research interests are in digital media and social media, specifically the social ramifications of digital media technologies and digital archivization, the moral and ethical implications of social media usage, and the overall degree to which mass communications and the spreadability of media limits, expands, or otherwise shapes the meta-narratives that inform our world views. He earned both his MA and BA in rhetoric and writing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2020 and 2018, respectively.
Bryce’s research examines code and algorithms, their social and cultural influence and power as code and communication, and the ways people interact, perceive, and perform through the mediums, applications, or platforms code produces. He recently co-presented at EDUCAUSE on “Developing a New Enterprise IT Organization by Starting in the Middle.” He is the IT Business Relationship Manager for UCF’s College of Arts & Humanities, College of Undergraduate Studies and Division of Teaching and Learning and graduated from UCF in 2014 with an M.A. in English – Technical Communication. More of his research interests and projects can be explored at brycejjackson.com.
Jessica Kester received her MA in writing from DePaul University in 2006. Currently, she is a professor of English in the School of Humanities and Communication and the Quanta-Honors College at Daytona State College. Her doctoral work in Texts & Technology centers on composition studies, specifically the affordances of social media in first-year writing; how students transfer their writing skills and knowledge; the politics of literate practices; and Writing about Writing pedagogy. Jessica also co-founded and coordinated a Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing in the Disciplines Program (WAC/WID) at Daytona State College from 2013 until 2020 at Daytona State College and serves as poetry editor for the Journal of Florida Studies, a born-digital interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed academic journal about the idea and place that is Florida.
Daniel J. King
Daniel J. King is studying how to integrate serious and casual game design principles, and he has published his “Activist-Casual Game Design Framework” at the 2021 International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games toward this end. For his dissertation project, he is designing an original video game in order to demonstrate the Activist-Casual Framework. Before coming to UCF, Daniel completed his Master’s Degree in Writing at Nova Southeastern University in 2015. He is a part-time student and a full-time project manager for a digital marketing company.
Emily LaPadura is a PhD candidate specializing in Rhetoric and Writing. She earned her MA in Rhetoric and Composition from Colorado State University in 2015. Currently, Emily’s interest is in how marginalized and underrepresented student groups utilize technology. Through a feminist and critical race foundation, she strives to resist the white, westernized ideas of what defines technology through a more inclusive understanding of technology as existing both inside and outside of online spaces. Her dissertation research entails exploring the experiences of alumni from the Ronald E. McNair Scholars program in their transition from undergraduate to graduate school and how technology has played a role in that process. She currently serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Office of Graduate Studies, co-teaching a proposal writing course designed for students from low-income, first-generation backgrounds to apply to national fellowships, scholarships, and graduate programs
Alessandra Zinicola Lopez
MA English Technical Communication, University of Central Florida, 2020
Alessandra earned undergraduate degrees in psychology and marketing business administration prior to turning her academic focus towards writing and texts during her graduate education. Within UCF’s Texts and Technology Ph.D. program, Alessandra’s research interests center around historical domestic texts as technical documentation. This tech comm research includes topics of history, culinary arts, digital humanities, gender, foodways, domesticity, and digital curation.
Kirk’s background is in computer engineering, mathematics, economics, and web design; he earned his master’s in technical communication from Auburn in 2014, and is now a student in the T&T program. His research interests focus on the philosophy of simulation, game design, and the pedagogy of games, particularly historical simulation games. In his work time, free time, and (intended) sleep time, you can find him making, playing, and breaking games of all kinds. http://kirklundblade.com/
Shelley Maccini’s research explores the power of digital engagement to spur advocacy on behalf of destinations, with an emphasis on the destination’s historical and cultural attributes. She has an extensive background in destination marketing. She holds a JD from George Washington University and received her MBA from UCF. Shelley serves as Lead Instructor for the Data Driven Decision Making course in UCF’s Integrated Business program.
Derek Manns’s professional development experience and teaching interests include Game Design, Level Design, 3D modeling, and Programming. He founded Sungura Games and went on to produce games and applications which included IGDA app, Call in Sick, and Zamboni Challenge.
Demagio Mansell’s research focuses on evolving interactive storytelling through user emotions and engagement. He hopes to develop immersive environments that will help influence user decisions. His previous work includes digital practices and creative production within digital advertising and web design. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from Nova Southern University and Bachelor of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University in Management and Marketing. He has several years’ experience within the entertainment media from film, radio, to news.
MBA, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL, ’18 | davidmatteson.net
David is the Associate Curator of Education & Outreach at the Orlando Museum of Art, where he oversees adult and community access programming. His research encompasses technology’s application for informal learning. He is interested in how technology can be used to better engage museum visitors of all ages and abilities—believing that through effective museum practice we build empathy and community.
Christine I. McClure is a second year Texts and Technology student in the Scientific and Technical Communication track taking courses in Instructional Design through the College of Education and a full time instructor in the Humanities and Communication Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Christine received her MA degree in English Literature from the University of Toledo in 1998 and has been teaching in higher education for 19 years. Her research interests include educational interface design and the ethical implications of using Web 2.0 tools in the classroom focusing on rhetorical strategies used in privacy policies and the collection of student data.
I am a United States Army Veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division and hold a MS in Global Strategic Communication from the Florida Institute of Technology (2013). I am also the founder and publisher of the bilingual newspaper AL DIA TODAY and the president and founder of the Brevard Hispanic Center. My research interests include doing research to help the blind to become great broadcasters and public speakers and games and devices based on noise and motion.
Specializing in digital humanities, Abigail researches digital archival practices and textual scholarship, women’s writing and publishing history, canon formation, intellectual/literary networks and intellectual labor. Abigail earned an MA in Literary, Cultural, and Textual studies at UCF, during which she served as assistant editor of The Faulkner Journal. Abigail also teaches literature and writing courses for UCF’s English department and is an intern with the Johnson’s Dictionary Online project.
Abigail Padfield Narayan
M.A. Early Modern History, University of York,’11 and M.A. Communications and Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University,’16
Abigail’s research interests include public and digital history, space and place, and memory. Her current research intersects all interests, looking at Civil War monuments in Maryland. She currently teaches technical writing at UCF. https://abigailkimpadfieldnarayan.wordpress.com/
Noemi Nunez received her M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media from Nova Southeastern University and her B.A. in Communication Arts from Florida International University. There, she researched writing center theories with an emphasis on multilingual students, and speech communication projects. Her recent research interests include race and gender studies, feminist theories, transmedia storytelling, and fandom studies. As a first-generation student and Latina, Noemi explores the impact media has on society and culture, specifically first-generation BIPOC.
Christopher C. Odom
Christopher C. Odom is a PhD student in the Texts & Technology Program specializing in Digital Media. His research focuses on the visual imagery of social movements that lies at the intersection of visual and multimedia culture and rhetoric & digital activism. His research and teaching interests include counterpublics, critical communications, digital activism, social movements, and visual and multimedia culture and rhetoric. Christopher serves as a course director in the Creative Writing MFA Program at Full Sail University. He teaches graduate students screenwriting, video production, and social media personal branding. A published author and graduate of the UCLA MFA Program in Film, TV and Digital Media, Christopher C. Odom is a domestic and international award-winning filmmaker and voice over artist whose work has appeared in major cities worldwide including Cannes, Berlin, Tel Aviv, New York and Los Angeles. Learn more about Christopher C. Odom at https://cv.christopherodom.com.
Jesslyn Parrish’s academic background includes cultural anthropology and applied linguistics with research projects focusing on the Deaf community and Sign Language acquisition. Since starting in T&T, she has begun researching immersive experiences and blending humanities and programming. Her research focuses on digital immersion and technical communication used for informal learning experiences. Jesslyn has interned with Orlando Science Center and recently participated in a grant with Orlando Museum of Art to create an interactive timeline to be incorporated with student visits. Jesslyn is a Graduate Research Associate working in the Center for Humanities in Digital Research (CHDR) and is a HASTAC Scholar. Website: https://jesslynparrish.github.io
Michael received his B.S in Information Technology with a minor in Digital Media from the University of Central Florida. After graduation, he started working for the University of Central Florida. During his time with the university, Michael continued his education completing an M.S. degree in Digital Forensics. His area of focus is on technology and its uses to improve efficiency in modern society. Currently Michael mentors groups of undergraduate Computer Science students. His recent publications include Redesigning the research design: Accelerating the pace of research through technology innovation (SeGAH 2016) and a workshop and presentation at HASTAC 2017.
Alex Rister is a second year Ph.D. student in the Texts and Technology program simultaneously seeking a Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies. She is employed as an Assistant Professor of Communication at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide campus and holds the following degrees: M.A. in Communication from University of Central Florida, M.A. in English from University of North Florida, and B.A. in English from University of Florida. Her research interests include social media and hashtag activism related to feminist causes, especially human trafficking awareness. Alex is currently serving as the 2019-2020 Vice Chair of the Graduate Student Committee of NCA’s Activism and Justice Division and does volunteer work related to human trafficking awareness in the Greater Orlando community.
Elena Maria Rogalle
Elena holds an M.F.A in Creative Writing (Full Sail University, 2013), a graduate certificate in Gender Studies (University of Central Florida, 2009) and an M.A. in English (UCF 2008), and is currently a Course Director in the Media Design M.F.A. Program at Full Sail University. Her research interests focus on the intersection of the women writers of the Beat Generation’s manuscript culture and the digital archive through the lens of female affiliation, community, and collaboration. Recent presentations include the UCF English Symposium and Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities.
Lauren Rouse (they/she) graduated with their MA in English from DePaul University in 2019. Their research in the T&T program focuses on the social construction and embodiment of disability in fan fiction, specifically focusing on mental health, neurodiversity, and cognitive disabilities. They have recently been published in Social Media and Society (with coauthor, Dr. Anastasia Salter), Transformative Works and Cultures, and In Media Res. More information on their current research projects, conferences, and publications can be found at https://laurenrouse.net
Carina Seagrave Fuller
Carina Seagrave Fuller holds her M.A. in Mass Communications with a focus in Journalism from the University of Florida. During her time at UF, her research focused on the social media usage of non-profit organizations to recruit volunteers. She was also a copywriter for the Independent Florida Alligator. Carina’s B.S. is in English Literature and Religion from the Florida State University. Carina currently teaches 9th grade ELA in Orange County. Her research interests are based in the consumption and accessibility of classic literature by grade school-aged students in the digital era.
Daria Sinyagovskaya is a Graduate Research Associate at the Center for Humanities and Digital Research working on projects including electronic publishing, digital book design, and social media management. Daria holds a MA in International Economics from Russian Foreign Trade Academy. She is the author of Easy Chinese, one of the four best-selling books on learning Mandarin Chinese in Russia, and Chinese Economic Modernization Experience. Her research interests are Chinese pedagogical practices within the Digital Humanities. She has studied topics within digital media, Chinese-language pedagogy, foreign-language learning in multilingual settings, cross-cultural communication, and Chinese history and art.
Francine N. Sutton
Francine is a student in the Texts and Technology Program with a concentration in Digital Media. She obtained a BA in Art and MA in Urban & Regional Planning from Jackson State University. Her research interests focus on older adults with limited technology experience, fandom studies, and popular culture. Her most recent conference presentation, Sailor Moon’s Fairytale-ish Influence on Falling in Love, was at PCA.
Mia Tignor has a M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. Her research interests include the intersection of librarianship and critical theory and the creation of digital humanities visualizations. Her recent publications include Focus on the Facts: A news and information literacy instructional program (Reference Librarian, 2018) and “Case Study: Press Record” (Moving beyond the wow factor: The savvy academic librarian’s guide to technological innovation, 2018, co-written with T&T student Kendra Auberry). For more information, visit www.miatignor.com. She works at Indian River State College as the Emerging Technologies Librarian.
MA, History, Appalachian State, 2018
With a background in Russian medieval studies focused on political theological interactions, Evan is interested in looking at both historical and contemporary use of platforms of media and rhetoric. With a digital humanities specialization, he hopes to employ inter- and multi- disciplinary methods to make connections between past and present. He is currently a Graduate Research Associate in the Center for Humanities and Digital Research. Evan will be presenting at the Baltic Connections conference in Helsinki, FI about Russian appropriated religious ideologies.