1. Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  2. Everyday Chica by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  3. Mud Song by Terry Thaxton
  4. Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You by Milanés
  5. The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire by Ephraim
Department of English Graduate Programs
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
11620 ENC5337 Rhetorical Theory World Wide Web (W) Not Online

This will be a course in applying rhetoric to contemporary political speeches and essays. The text for the course will be Classical Rhetoric for the Contemporary Student by Hawhee and Crowley, a neo-Aristotelian text that also draws on the work of the Sophists to present a more contemporary vision of rhetoric. We will use it to focus on the rhetorical elements of speeches and essays such as Barack Obama's "race speech" of 2008, David Foster Wallace's "Consider the Lobster," Ta-Nehisi Coates "The Case for Reparations,” Florida writer Joy Williams’ “Save the Whales, Screw the Shrimp” and “The Killing Game,” Mitch Landrieu’s “The Removal of Confederate Monuments,” Joan Didion’s “Fixed Opinions, or the Hinges of History,” and Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff’s “The Coddling of the American Mind.”

No courses found for Fall 2018.

No courses found for Summer 2018.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19405 ENC6425 Hypertext Theory and Design World Wide Web (W) Not Online

We will study media theory, writing, and CSS and HTML. You will do a term paper, a personal Web site, and an informational Web site built on the information from your term paper. We will also have some online discussions and quizzes. The text will be Writing for the Web: Composing, Coding, and Constructing Web Sites. 

While this course is a restricted elective in the Technical Communication track, everyone in English and DWR can enroll in it. You do not need any previous coding skills to take this course; it has been designed with humanities majors in mind.

No courses found for Fall 2017.

Updated: Sep 19, 2018

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