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
17058 ENC4280 Technical Writing Style Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) Th 01:30 PM - 02:45 PM Unavailable

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.

19594 ENC4414 Writing and Hypertext Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) Tu 01:30 PM - 02:45 PM Unavailable

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.

19612 LIT4433 Literature of Science and Tech World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

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

Major works of non-fiction that address and describe the history, philosophy, politics, and new ideas in science and technology.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
89458 LIT4433 Literature of Science and Tech World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

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 Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang.  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.

91960 LIT6435 Rhetoric of Science World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

This course explores the connection between rhetoric and science through the contemporary field of the rhetoric of science.  We will  see how language use is involved in creating, negotiating, arguing, persuading, affirming, constructing and reconstructing, and publicizing scientific knowledge.  There is no need for a background in science.

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
60722 ENC3241 Writing for Technical Prof World Wide Web (W) A Unavailable

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.

60876 ENC3241 Writing for Technical Prof World Wide Web (W) B Unavailable

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
10307 ENC3241H Honors Wr for Technical Prof Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W 01:30 PM - 02:45 PM Unavailable

In this course you will augment your writing skills by producing the kinds of documents that you will use in your chosen field.  The major project will be a manual written by groups of 2-3 students on a topic of importance to UCF students and it can be based on material that you have learned in your respective majors. This report will adopt the layout of a professional document with appropriate graphics.   You will write a proposal for the manual, and then you will convert your manual into a website.

You will also practice applying for a real job in your major that you have found on Monster.com or some other source by writing a cover letter and a resume.  Additionally, you will write a formal abstract of a scientific article.

11620 ENC5337 Rhetorical Theory World Wide Web (W) Available

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.”

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81471 ENC3241 Writing for Technical Prof World Wide Web (W) Unavailable
No Description Available
81551 ENC4414 Writing and Hypertext Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) Th 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM Unavailable

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.

80327 LIT4433 Literature of Science and Tech World Wide Web (W) Unavailable

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 Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang.  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.

Updated: Oct 16, 2019