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

Dan Jones, Ph.D.

  • Professor
  • Dan.Jones@ucf.edu
  • 407-823-5596
  • Office Hours: Virtual Office Hrs: Monday through Friday: 11:00-Noon
  • Campus Location: CNH303B

Dan Jones teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate technical communication courses. This summer (2017) he begins his 35th year at UCF after previously teaching technical communication courses for 4 years at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. He has also provided over 30 technical communication workshops on the essentials of technical communication to professionals from many disciplines. His books include Technical Writing Style (Allyn and Bacon, 1998), The Technical Communicator's Handbook (Allyn and Bacon, 2000), and Technical Communication: Strategies for College and the Workplace (Longman, 2002), co-authored with Karen Lane. He is also a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication. 

Education

  • Ph.D. in English from Florida State University (1979)

Research Interests

Technical communication, plain English and plain language, science and literature, writing and designing online help, and science fiction

Awards

Academic and Professional Honors

 National Professional Awards.

  • 2003. Ronald S. Blicq Award for Distinction in Technical Communication Education “To recognize distinguished contributions to technical communication education.” A technical communication award presented by the IEEE International Professional Communication Society.
  • 2000. Elected a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication. Recognized "For creativity in the development of academic technical communication programs, for contributions to electronic communication among students and professionals, and for the dissemination of new ideas in technical communication style." According to the Society, "Becoming an STC Fellow is a lifelong journey of achievement, an honor bestowed by the Society upon Associate Fellows who have continued to make exemplary contributions to our organization and profession, who have made good on their promise to make a difference."
  • 1998. Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication. An award given to a select few annually by the Society for Technical Communication in honor of Professor Gould who taught for many years in the discipline.
  • 1998. Elected an Associate Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication. Recognized “For dedication to the advancement of technical communication, particularly through publishing, teaching, and program development.”
  • 1986. Best Article Award. Recognized for writing the best article of the year for The Technical Writing Teacher (Fall 1985, Volume 12, No.2) by the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW). First time award presented by ATTW.  Award now called the Nell Ann Pickett Award for Best Article of the Year.

 University of Central Florida Awards.

  • 2009. TIP Award recipient under the 2008-2009 Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) of the State University System of Florida.
  •  2004. TIP Award recipient under the 2003-2004 Teaching Incentive Program (TIP). 
  •  2001. College of Arts and Sciences Professional Service Award for service both to the university and to the profession of technical communication. 
  • 1999. Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences. 
  • 1997. TIP Award recipient under the 1996-97 Teaching Incentive Program (TIP).
  • 1995. Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences. 
  • 1994. TIP Award recipient under the 1993-94 Teaching Incentive Program (TIP).

Local Awards from the Orlando Central Florida Chapter of STC.

  • 2009. The Gloria Jaffe Outstanding Technical Communicator Award—Lifetime Achievement.
  • 2007. Orlando Chapter STC Award “For sustained exemplary service to Orlando Chapter STC as Listserv Administrator for ten years.”
  • 2006. Distinguished Chapter Service Award given by the Society for Technical Communication for outstanding service to the Orlando Chapter. For “Serving as an inspiration and role model to generations of students and supporting their entry into the profession of technical communication, and for sustained contributions to the Orlando Chapter.” 

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10115 ENC4280 Technical Writing Style Web Web Not Online
No Description Available
19403 ENC6296 Online Help Systems Web Web Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80644 ENC4218 Visual in Tech Documentation Web Web Not Online
ENC 4218. 0W61: The Visual in Technical Communication
(Jones)

PR: Grade of “C” (2.0) or better required in ENC 4293

This course focuses on three major areas to help you improve your design skills specifically for technical communication: design principles and theories, design processes, and design practices.

The overall goals of the course are to:

• Study the basic principles and theories of effective print and online design
• Learn about the design processes involving pages, type, graphics, color, lists, tables, and forms
• Explore a variety of design practices for many projects
• Explore how designs should be edited, reviewed, evaluated, and tested
• Learn how to apply a wide variety of design elements to an original design project
• Explore how documents are produced

Requirements include weekly discussions and quizzes on the reading, a critique of a professional design project, and a major design project.
81888 ENC4219 Tech Comm & Plain Language Web Web Not Online
ENC 4219.0W61: Technical Communication and Plain Language
(Jones)

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

This course focuses on how many of the strategies used for effective plain language are often the same strategies used for effective technical communication. Although plain language is not the best strategy for every communication challenge, it can be the best approach for many challenges. Numerous case studies demonstrate how audiences benefit from plain language in many technical, legal, financial, and government documents. Learning the strategies for writing clearly in plain language can also benefit those who must often write in a more complex style.

In this course, you will learn about:

• Efforts to define or to describe plain language
• The history of the plain style and plain language
• The elements and benefits of plain language
• Efforts to require plain language in government
• Strategies for achieving plain language in technical documents
• Plain language and legal language
• Cases dealing with plain language
• Writing low-literacy plain language
• The basics of using plain language for page layout and for text in visuals
• Efforts to professionalize plain language through setting standards, training, and certification

Requirements include weekly discussions and quizzes on the reading, an analysis of plain language, and a research paper.
81431 ENC4265 Writing for Computer Industry Web Web Not Online
ENC 4265.0W61: Writing for the Computer Industry
(Jones)

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

This course is an introduction to designing and creating different kinds of online help files or help systems for the computer industry. In addition to learning some of the specialized language of the software industry, students will study the major kinds of software documents and online Help systems: software tutorials, procedures, and reference guides. One major focus will be on writing and designing an online tutorial from a task-oriented point of view.

Objectives for the course include:

1. Learning how to apply general principles for writing and designing effectively for the online environment.
2. Learning more about the computer software industry and its specialized language.
3. Learning more about current trends concerning online Help and tools for creating it.
4. Learning about online software tutorials, procedures, and reference guides.
5. Learning how to write and design a tutorial from a task-oriented point of view.
6. Learning how to create more effective online documents by following minimalist writing principles: knowing your audience, removing nonessential content, and focusing on user goals instead of product functions.
7. Creating a brief tutorial to include in your professional portfolio.

Assignments include weekly discussions and quizzes on the reading, a tutorial critique, and a brief tutorial accompanied by a memo discussing strategies for creating the tutorial.
Writing for the Computer Industry—
This course is an introduction to designing and creating different kinds of online help files or help systems for the computer industry. In addition to learning some of the specialized language of the software industry, students will study the major kinds of software documents and online Help systems: software tutorials, procedures, and reference guides. One major focus will be on writing and designing an online tutorial from a task-oriented point of view.

Objectives for the course include:

8. Learning how to apply general principles for writing and designing effectively for the online environment.
9. Learning more about the computer software industry and its specialized language.
10. Learning more about current trends concerning online Help and tools for creating it.
11. Learning about online software tutorials, procedures, and reference guides.
12. Learning how to write and design a tutorial from a task-oriented point of view.
13. Learning how to create more effective online documents by following minimalist writing principles: knowing your audience, removing nonessential content, and focusing on user goals instead of product functions.
14. Creating a brief tutorial to include in your professional portfolio.

Assignments include weekly discussions and quizzes on the reading, a tutorial critique, and a brief tutorial accompanied by a memo discussing strategies for creating the tutorial.
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50918 ENC3241 Writing for Technical Prof Web A Web Not Online
ENC 3241.AW61: Writing for the Technical Professional
(Jones)

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

This course provides the knowledge and skills you need to communicate more effectively in any career you choose. In your professional career, you will often deal with others who share your background, and, in many cases, you will deal with people who have far more knowledge than you. However, you will also often need to communicate information to people who have less knowledge than you do. This course will help you acquire the essential skills and knowledge necessary to express yourself clearly and concisely in your discipline to a variety of audiences.

The objectives of this course are to help you:

• Determine who your audiences are or might be for a variety of communications.
• Improve and adjust your writing style for a variety of audiences.
• Simplify complex information so that others might understand it more easily.
• Understand the communication practices of a working technical professional by conducting an interview.
• Write more effective correspondence (e-mail, memos and letters).
• Plan, research, write, design, illustrate, edit, and revise effective technical instructions.
• Plan, research, write, design, illustrate, edit, and revise a technical report or a proposal on a subject in your discipline.
• Adopt a variety of strategies for your professional development.

Assignments include weekly discussions and quizzes on the reading, a memo discussing an interview of a technical professional, instructions and a memo discussing your instructions, and a report or proposal.
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10116 ENC4280 Technical Writing Style Web Web Not Online
ENC4280.0W61: Technical Writing Style
(D. Jones)

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

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:
* 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 the 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.
19183 ENC4280 Technical Writing Style Web Web Not Online
ENC4280.0W62: Technical Writing Style
(D. Jones)

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

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:
* 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 the 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.
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80699 ENC4218 Visual in Tech Documentation Web Web Not Online
ENC4218.0W61: The Visual in Technical Communication
(D. Jones)

PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 4293

This course focuses on three major areas to improve design skills specifically for technical communicators: design principles, design processes, and design practices.

Objectives:
*Study the basic principles and theories of effective print and online design.
*Learn about the design processes involving pages, type, graphics, color, lists, tables, and forms.
*Explore a variety of design practices for many documents.
*Explore how designs should be edited, reviewed, evaluated, and tested.
*Learn how to apply a wide variety of design elements to an original design project.
*Explore how documents are produced.

Requirements include weekly readings, discussions of and quizzes on the reading, a critique of a professional design project, and a major design project.
91657 ENC4219 Tech Comm & Plain Language Web Web Not Online
ENC4219.0W61: Technical Communication and Plain Language
(D. Jones)

This new course focuses on how many of the strategies used for effective plain language are often the same strategies used for effective technical communication. Although plain language is not the best strategy for every communication challenge, it can be the best approach for many challenges. Numerous case studies demonstrate how audiences benefit from plain language in many technical, legal, financial, and government documents. Learning the strategies for writing clearly in plain language can also benefit those who must often write in a more complex style.

Objectives:
* Review efforts to define or to describe plain language.
* Study the history of the plain style and plain language.
* Consider the elements and benefits of plain language.
* Learn about efforts to require plain language in government.
* Learn strategies for achieving plain language in technical documents.
* Study plain language and legal language.
* Review case studies dealing with plain language.
* Learn strategies for writing low-literacy plain language.
* Review the basics of using plain language for page layout and for text in visuals.
* Study the efforts to professionalize plain language through setting standards, training, and certification.

Requirements include weekly readings, discussions of and quizzes on the reading, an analysis of plain language, and a research paper.
91090 ENC6247 Proposal Writing Web Web Not Online
ENC6247.0W62: Proposal Writing
(D. Jones)

This course focuses on learning how to research and write proposals for small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Much of the emphasis will be on proposal writing for local nonprofit organizations with students working in teams of two to research, write, design, and submit a proposal for a local nonprofit.

Objectives:
*Learn about the processes and practices that lead to successful proposal writing.
*Learn about the different kinds of proposals - from community-based proposals to research proposals.
*Learn specifically about writing proposals for a local nonprofit organization.
*Learn how to research for funding opportunities.
*Explore the range of activities associated with the act of proposing, paying careful attention to how these activities are coordinated.
*Understand the generic structure of proposals themselves and how this structure varies according to the institutional, social, and cultural settings in which a proposal develops.

Requirements include weekly readings, discussions of and quizzes on the reading, and a collaboratively written memo on the team's topic of choice, a proposal draft, and final proposal.
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50643 ENC3241 Writing for Technical Prof Web A Web Not Online
ENC3241.AW57: Writing for the Technical Professional
(D. Jones)

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

This course provides the knowledge and skills you need to communicate more effectively in any career you choose. In your professional career, you will often deal with others who share your background, and, in many cases, you will deal with people who have far more knowledge than you. However, you will also often need to communicate information to people who have less knowledge than you do. This course will help you acquire the essential skills and knowledge necessary to express yourself clearly and concisely in your discipline to a variety of audiences.

Updated: May 15, 2017

Department of English • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
Phone: 407-823-5596 • Fax: 407-823-3300 • English@ucf.edu