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

Sonia H. Stephens, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in Texts and Technology from University of Central Florida (2012)
  • M.S. in Botany and Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology from University of Hawaii at Manoa (2003)

Research Interests

Scientific and Technical Communication in Digital and visual Media; Narrative Information Visualization; Visual Risk Communication; Visual Metaphor; User Evaluation of Interactive Tools; Digital Humanities

Selected Publications


  • S. H. Stephens. (2018) “Using interface rhetoric to understand audience agency in natural history apps.” Technical Communication. 65(3): 280–292.
  • D. E. DeLorme, S. H. Stephens, S. C. Hagen, and M. Bilskie. (2018) “Communicating with Coastal Decision-Makers and Environmental Educators via Sea Level Rise Decision-Support Tools.” Journal of Science Communication. 17(3): A03. DOI: 10.22323/2.17030203.
  • S. H. Stephens. (2018 online) “A narrative approach to interactive information visualization in the digital humanities classroom.” Arts and Humanities in Higher Education. DOI: 10.1177/1474022218759632
  • D. E. DeLorme, S. H. Stephens and S. C. Hagen. (2018) “Transdisciplinary sea level rise risk communication and outreach strategies from stakeholder focus groups.” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. 8:13–21. DOI: 10.1007/s13412-017-0443-8
  • J. D. Applen and S. H. Stephens. (2017) “Digital humanities, middleware, and user experience design for public health applications.” Communication Design Quarterly. 5(3): 24-34.
  • S. H. Stephens, D. E. DeLorme and S. C. Hagen. (2017) "Evaluation of the design features of interactive sea-level rise viewers for risk communication." Environmental Communication. 11(2):248-262. DOI:10.1080/17524032.2016.1167758
  • D. E. DeLorme, D. Kidwell, S. C. Hagen, and S. H. Stephens. (2016) “Developing and managing transdisciplinary and transformative research on the coastal dynamics of sea level rise: Experiences and lessons learned.” Earth’s Future.
    4(5): 194–209. DOI: 10.1002/2015EF000346.

  • S. H. Stephens, D. E. DeLorme and S. C. Hagen. (2015) “Evaluating the utility and communicative effectiveness of an interactive sea level rise viewer through stakeholder engagement.” Journal of Business and Technical Communication. 29(3): 314-343. DOI: 10.1177/1050651915573963

  • S. H. Stephens, D. E. DeLorme and S. C. Hagen. (2014) “An analysis of the narrative-building features of interactive sea level rise viewers.” Science Communication. 36(6): 675-705. DOI: 10.1177/1075547014550371

  • S. H. Stephens. (2014) “Communicating evolution with a Dynamic Evolutionary Map.” Journal of Science Communication. 13(1): A04.

  • S. Stephens. (2012) “From tree to map: Using cognitive learning theory to suggest alternative ways to visualize macroevolution.” Evolution: Education and Outreach. 5(4): 603-618.

Conference Papers/Presentations

  • S. H. Stephens and D. P. Richards, August 2018. “Story mapping and sea level rise: Bringing a global risk home.” SIGDOC 2018, Milwaukee WI.
  • S. H. Stephens and D. P. Richards, June 2018. “Connecting to community concerns through sea level rise stories.” Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Washington, DC.
  • S. H. Stephens, D. E. DeLorme, R. C. Collini, and S. C. Hagen, June 2018. “An analysis of stakeholder advisory committees in coastal resiliency projects.” Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Washington, DC.
  • S. H. Stephens and D. E. DeLorme, December 2017. “Benefits, challenges, and best practices for involving audiences in the development of interactive coastal risk communication tools: Professional communicators’ experiences.” American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2017, New Orleans, LA.
  • S. H. Stephens. November 2017. "Rhetoric, agency, and risk visualization for diverse audiences." HASTAC 2017, Orlando, FL.
  • S. H. Stephens, August 2017. "Designer perceptions of user agency during the development of environmental risk visualization tools." SIGDOC 2017, Halifax, Canada.
  • S. Stephens and J. D. Applen, October 2016. “Rhetorical dimensions of social network analysis visualization for public health.” ProComm 2016, Austin TX.
  • S. H. Stephens and D. E. DeLorme, June 2016. “Making sea level rise risk research responsive to community needs.” Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Washington, DC.
  • S. H. Stephens, May 2016. “Bird identification guides as interface: Transformation and continuity.” Rhetoric Society of America, Atlanta, GA.

  • M. Shelton and S. Stephens, February 2016. “Connecting scientists to citizens regarding sea level rise.” Social Coast Forum, Charleston, SC.


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19279 ENC6261 Tech Writing Theory & Practice World Wide Web (W) Available

This course focuses on major issues and trends in technical communication theory and the relevance of current theory to practitioners. You will read and discuss essays by leading technical communication theorists on the history of the discipline, rhetorical perspectives, philosophies and theories, and the impacts of digital tools and technologies. You will also conduct research in the literature and develop an annotated bibliography and a literature review.

19075 ENG6808 Narrative Info Visualization Face to Face Instruction (P) Th 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Not Online

In this course, we will explore narrative information visualization, or how to tell visual stories about data. Narrative visualizations engage audiences and tell a story using features like interactive maps, infographics, and timelines. Visualization designers make choices about selecting and representing data, developing a narrative, and shaping their audiences’ interpretation of the underlying information. This course is recommended for students who want to learn skills that can be applied to digital humanities, visual communication, science communication, and/or digital history projects. Examples could include mapping Orlando civil rights history, telling a story about trends in social media content, or visualizing the links between different fandoms.

This course has theoretical and hands-on components. You will first explore information visualization from an interdisciplinary perspective, learning how to understand and critique visualizations using rhetoric, critical theory, graphic design, and cognitive science concepts. You will then create a hands-on interactive visualization project using data of your choice. Projects may involve working with text, visuals, numerical data, or map-based data. No specific coding experience is necessary, as several “off-the shelf” tools are available to help build these projects.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80449 ENC3241H Honors Wr for Technical Prof Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM Not Online

   This course helps prepare you, a student in a technical profession or professional field, for the types of research, writing, and information presentation that you will be doing in your career after graduation. Your task as a writer is to articulate, explain, and interpret information. Throughout your career, you will need to understand the social context of your writing and its audiences, and you will need to master the techniques of crafting your writing to suit your purposes and the interests of your audience.

   In this Honors course, we will focus on learning about the types of research, writing, and information presentation that professionals need to master when dealing with “wicked” problems. A wicked problem is an issue with scientific and social aspects, that can be defined in different ways by different interest groups, and that may be urgent or unprecedented for a community to deal with. Many of society’s developing social and scientific issues have wicked elements that present specific challenges for technical writing. This course will help you learn how to navigate communicating about wicked issues by defining problems in a deliberative way, developing expertise in professional writing formats, and making sensitive and sensible judgments about how best to achieve your communication goals. The ability to manage collaborative writing projects in the workplace is a useful professional skill, and this course therefore incorporates a team writing project.

80608 ENC4218 Visual in Tech Documentation World Wide Web (W) Not Online

   This course focuses on visual technical communication in the form of charts, tables, and diagrams, as well as full-page informational graphics that blend text and visuals to tell data-based stories. We will focus on visual design principles and practice using tools to produce graphics. We will begin with an introduction to graphic design and practice producing effective graphics that complement the text elements of documents. We will then study persuasive aspects of visual design and learn to develop information graphics that inform or persuade audiences about technical or scientific topics. The course concludes with a project in which you will plan, research, and create a full-page informational graphic on a technical or scientific topic.

81542 ENG6812 Res Methods for Texts and Tech Face to Face Instruction (P) W 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Not Online

This course will prepare you to design, conduct, and critique interdisciplinary humanities research that focuses on textual technologies. We will study a range of issues related to theory, method, and evidence as they relate to project- or problem-based research. As we position ourselves as scholars of specific textual or technological artifacts, we will look at examples of research that focus on three different stages in the project lifecycle: project development as research, the analysis of existing artifacts, and understanding how audiences receive and use texts and technologies. Our focus will be on empirical research, and we will look at examples of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods approaches. Specific topics will include:

  • Identifying compelling research questions in an interdisciplinary field.
  • Linking questions to relevant theories and methods.
  • Understanding validity in different disciplinary contexts.
  • Articulating a research design and conducting research.
  • Analyzing and interpreting data.
  • Positioning results for publication to appropriate audiences and communities.
  • Considering ethical implications at each stage of the research process.

No courses found for Summer 2018.

Updated: Jan 17, 2019

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