1. Mud Song by Terry Thaxton
  2. Everyday Chica by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  3. The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire by Ephraim
  4. Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  5. Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You by Milanés
Department of English Graduate Programs
Paul M. Dombrowski

Paul M. Dombrowski, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in Communication and Rhetoric from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1990)
  • Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science, Ph.D. Program, one year only. from Indiana University (1971)
  • M.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University (1987)
  • M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Pennsylvania State University (1984)

Research Interests

Rhetoric theory, history, and practice, classical to contemporary; Texts and Technology, rhetorical and ethical aspects, and statistics and research design; technical communication, especially rhetorical and ethical aspects; discourse about rhetoric studies

Recent Research Activities

1. Working on an invited article about practicing "safe" technical communication, focussing on the rhetorically shifting and shifty meaning of key technical concepts such as "safe", "flightworthy", "practical", and "radiation". 2. Working on an article on the rhetorical techniques used in efforts to enlighten the public consciousness on the hazards of dihydrogen monoxide. 3. Working on a book manuscript on the rhetorical and ethical dimensions of the discourse of Trofim Lysenko in the Soviet Union and Ernest Haeckel in early twentieth-century Europe as they challenged prevailing notions of what science is, can be, or should be, and relating these studies to contemporary anti-science movements in both the popular and the academic realms.


1. Best Article of the Past Fifty Years of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, October 2007.

2. Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, 1996-2008.

3. Selected to serve as UCF Provost's Senior Faculty Fellow, 2004-05.


Raising two teenage daughters.


No courses found for Spring 2018.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91276 ENC6306 Persuasive Writing Web Web Not Online
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2017.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11452 ENC5337 Rhetorical Theory Web Web Not Online
ENC 5337.0W61

This course explores the nature of rhetorical theory from classical times to the present. It deals with both history and theory because the two approaches are like the two sides of a single coin. Theory, after all, does not occur in a vacuum, separate from various historical contexts and interests. We will see how language use is involved in creating, negotiating, arguing, persuading, affirming, and constructing and reconstructing opinion, knowledge, and perspectives.

In this seminar, “rhetoric” will be understood in a number of different ways. In earlier periods, it was understood broadly; in later periods it was understood very narrowly, almost mechanically; and in the last hundred years as a sort of neo-classicism followed by a movement toward a very broad understanding. It is perhaps best for our purposes to think of rhetoric as encompassing all forms of language use and discourse, ranging from ideas conceived in words, to arguments, and to the advancement of various social and political agendas.

To begin, we need to understand contemporary rhetorical theory as a response to—at times, even a reaction against—what rhetorical theory has conventionally been understood as. In order to grasp this reactivity, we will first study some of the primary texts of the principal rhetorical theorists of the classical period. Only with this historical grounding can modern rhetorical theory be understood sensibly. As in so many other fields of study, the story begins with the Greeks. We will then trace developments in rhetorical theory from the rise of humanism, to mid-twentieth century thinkers, and then to theories of the past forty or so years.
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
90789 ENG6812 Res Methods for Texts and Tech Face2Face Th 6:00PM - 8:50PM Available
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2016.

Updated: Nov 21, 2016

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