1. Transversal Ecocritical Praxis by Patrick D. Murphy
  2. Intercultural Communication by Houman Sadri and Madelyn Flammia
  3. The Society of S by Susan Hubbard
  4. The Heaven of Animals by James Poissant
  5. Ecocritical Explorations in Literary and Cultural Studies by Patrick D. Murphy
  6. Drawing on the Victorians, edited by Anna Maria Jones
  7. Mud Song by Terry Thaxton
  8. Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  9. Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You by Milanés
  10. The Season of Risks by Susan Hubbard
  11. Getaway Girl by Terry Thaxton
  12. Writing for the Web: Composing, •Coding, and Constructing Web Sites
  13. Getaway Girl by Terry Thaxton
  14. Crossing The Creek by Anna Lillios
  15. Problem Novels by Anna Maria Jones
  16. The Year of Disappearances by Susan Hubbard
  17. The Zero Theorem by Pat Rushin
  18. Innocence, Heterosexuality, and the Queerness of Children’s Literature by Tison Pugh
  19. Elegant Punk by Darlin Neal
  20. Lizard Man by David James Poissant
  21. The Historicism of Charles Brockden Brown by Mark L. Kamrath
  22. People Get Ready by Kevin Meehan
  23. According to the Gospel of Haunted Women
  24. The Rhetorical Nature of XML by J.D. Applen and Rudy McDaniel
  25. As If, poems by Russ Kesler
  26. Virtual Teams in Higher Education by Flammia
  27. The Flight of the Kuaka by Donald Stap
  28. Everyday Chica by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  29. Collecte Writings of Charles Brockden Brown edited by Mark L. Kamrath
  30. Rattlesnakes and the Moon by Darlin Neal
  31. The Terrible Wife by Terry Thaxton
J.D. Applen

J.D. Applen, Ph.D.

Education

  • 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

Books

  • 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.

Awards

  • 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.

Activities

  • Department of English Graduate Committee
  • Texts and Technology Committee
  • Future Technical Communicators Student Club Adviser
  • English Technical Writing Lab Manager

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19399 ENC4280 Technical Writing Style Face2Face Tu,Th 3:00PM - 4:15PM Not Online

ENC 4280: Technical Writing Style (Applen)

Spring 2018

This course provides a better understanding of prose style in general and provides specific strategies for improving your own writing style, particularly for writing correspondence (e-mail, letters, and memos), reports, proposals, instructions (for example, tutorials, manuals, and reference), and policies and procedures as well as for writing various online genres—websites, blogs, e-zines, online help and more.

Objectives include learning:

·         Learn how style and technical writing style may be defined.

·         Study what the relationships are between style (your manner of expression in your prose) and rhetoric (the art of persuasion).

·         Learn how prose styles depend on the rhetorical situation and are influenced by different discourse communities.

·         Explore how prose styles range from plain styles to complex styles to unnecessarily complex styles and how to choose what is most appropriate.

·         Study how the persuasive nature of technical writing influences technical prose style.

·         Learn what general diction problems technical writers share with all other writers.

·         Review what challenges are presented by specialized language and how to deal with these challenges.

·         Learn how to write more effective technical sentences, paragraphs and larger segments.

·         Learn how to establish a wide range of tones, including humor, in writing.

·         Review how bias is defined and how it influences writing style.

·         Study what some of major style issues are concerning gender and ethics.

·         Learn how to edit for problems in prose style.

·         Learn what resources are available either in print or online for improving prose, including a variety of style guides.

Requirements include weekly readings, discussions of and quizzes on the reading, a style analysis and memo, and a research paper on a prose style topic.

19405 ENC6425 Hypertext Theory and Design Web Web 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.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81311 ENC3241 Writing for Technical Prof Web Web Not Online
No Description Available
81814 ENC4414 Writing and Hypertext Rdce Time Th 4:30PM - 5:45PM Not Online
ENC 4414.0M01: Writing and Hypertext
(Applen)

PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 3211 or ENC 3241

This course is a restricted elective in the Technical Communication major and Digital Humanities minor and was designed with humanities students in mind, so if you haven't had any prior experience with hypertext technology, this is fine. All majors are welcome. In this course, we will work on our writing skills, our Web site architecture skills, and our technical coding skills based on CSS and HTML to produce 1) a personal Web site, and 2) an informational Web site that you build from a ten-page term paper you write for this course on anything to do with digital humanities or technical communication. By the end of the semester, you will be a competent Web site technician and writer and have a strong theoretical and applied sense of how traditional texts or bodies of writing can be converted into hypertext documents that you build from scratch.

There will also be some shorter assignments in the course, and we will be spending a significant amount of time studying theories about information so we can develop a more critical sensibility regarding hypertext.

The topic for your paper will be on one of the many issues associated with hypertext such as First Amendment rights, copyright law, gender, community, and the use of the World Wide Web in business and education. After we have finished our written projects, you will turn it into a web site that utilizes the rhetorical advantages of hypertext to their fullest advantage.
80356 LIT4433 Literature of Science and Tech Web Web Not Online
LIT4433.0W61: Literature of Science and Technology
(Applen)

PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102

In the Literature of Science and Technology, we will examine the topics of science, technical communication, culture, philosophy, and the philosophy of language and texts. You will be required to write one ten-page paper on one of these three texts assigned for the course: White Noise by Don DeLillo, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig, and The Double Helix (Norton Edition) by James Watson. This means that while you will be responsible for reading all three of our texts and doing the on-line work that is required for each book, you will only be responsible for writing a paper on one book.
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50629 ENC3241 Writing for Technical Prof Web A Web Not Online
ENC 3241.AW60: Writing for the Technical Professional
(Applen)

PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102

The purpose of this course is to prepare you for a variety of job-related writing tasks. Success in technical writing, however, requires that you first know for whom you are writing and why. Consequently, this course will stress audience awareness and purpose in written communication. The course will also help you select the appropriate materials for a writing assignment and arrange the material in a logical and appropriate sequence.
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19184 ENC4293 Doc & Collaborative Process Face2Face Tu,Th 3:00PM - 4:15PM Not Online
No Description Available
18506 ENG6801 Texts & Technology in History Face2Face Th 6:00PM - 8:50PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
90809 ENC4414 Writing and Hypertext Rdce Time Tu 12:00PM - 1:15PM Not Online
ENC4414.0M01: Writing and Hypertext
(Applen)

PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 3211 or ENC 3241

Theories of electronic literacy and information to develop a more critical sensibility regarding hypertext.
90811 ENC6338 The Rhetorics of Public Debate Web Web Not Online
ENC6338.0W61: The Rhetorics of Public Debate
(Applen)

PR: Graduate standing in English

This will be a course in applying rhetoric to contemporary political texts. 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 shorter pieces such as Barack Obama's "race speech" of 2008; Joan Didion's "Fixed Opinions, or The Hinge of History;" Joy Williams' "Save the Whales, Screw the Shrimp" and "The Killing Game;" Jimmy Carter's "Law Day Speech" of 1976; David Foster Wallace's "Consider the Lobster;" Ta-Nehisi Coates' "The Case for Reparations;" and Martin Luther King's "Letter form Birmingham Jail."
80363 LIT4433 Literature of Science and Tech Web Web Not Online
LIT4433.0W61: Literature of Science and Technology
(Applen)

PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102 and junior standing

Majors works of non-fiction that address and describe the history, philosophy, politics, and new ideas in science and technology.
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
51052 ENC3241 Writing for Technical Prof Web A Web Not Online
ENC3241.AW58: Writing for the Technical Professional
(Applen)

PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102 and junior standing

Writing effective correspondence, instructions, proposals, and informal and formal reports.

Updated: Apr 14, 2016

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