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
10978 LIT4433 Literature of Science and Tech Web-Based (W) Unavailable
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.
20743 LIT6435 Rhetoric of Science Web-Based (W) Unavailable

LIT 6435 will be a general approach to the rhetoric of science–kairos, ethos, pathos, logos, and stasis theory —with specific attention to discourse and paradigm shifts in science.  The general text for the book will be Crowley and Hawhee's Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students.  Additionally, we will be reading four chapters from Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction with some attendant articles from traditional scientific journals such as Nature on genomic studies and the Anthropocene epoch that Kolbert bases her "popular science" or "journalistic science" work on. We will also look at position papers from the Union of Concerned Scientists on global warming and several chapters from David George Haskell's The Forest Unseen.  Haskell is a biologist by training but he employs a lot of figurative language in his writing so we will examine his literary style.

This is both a core course and a restricted elective in the Technical Communication track, but graduate students majoring in Literary, Cultural and Textual Studies; Creative Writing; Writing and Rhetoric; and the Texts and Technology Ph.D. program are also welcome.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81801 ENC4280 Technical Writing Style Web-Based (W) 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.

92831 ENC6338 The Rhetorics of Public Debate Web-Based (W) Unavailable

The Rhetorics of Public Debate 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 Joe Biden's "Remarks By President Biden To Mark One Year Since The January 6th Deadly Assault On The U.S. Capitol."

92841 LIT4433 Literature of Science and Tech Web-Based (W) Unavailable

THIS IS A TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION CLASS.



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.

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
51233 ENC3241 Writing for Technical Prof Web-Based (W) B Unavailable

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
19536 ENC4280 Technical Writing Style Web-Based (W) Unavailable
ENC 4280: Technical Writing Style (Applen)
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. 

11046 LIT4433 Literature of Science and Tech Web-Based (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.
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80391 ENC3241H Honors Wr for Technical Prof Face to Face (P) Tu,Th 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM Unavailable
Instruction and practice in expository prose used in technical writing, layout and design of data, and translation of technical documents for the lay audience.
92288 ENC4414 Writing and Hypertext Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) Tu 01:30 PM - 02:45 PM Unavailable
Writing and HTML/CSS coding for online environments, hypertext architectures, and electronic literacy theory to develop a more critical and applied understanding of hypertext.
81634 LIT6435 Rhetoric of Science Web-Based (W) Unavailable

 

LIT 6435 will be a general approach to the rhetoric of science–kairos, ethos, pathos, logos, and stasis theory —with specific attention to discourse and paradigm shifts in science.  The general text for the book will be Crowley and Hawhee's Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students.  Additionally, we will be reading four chapters from Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction with some attendant articles from traditional scientific journals such as Nature on genomic studies and the Anthropocene epoch that Kolbert bases her "popular science" or "journalistic science" work on. We will also look at position papers from the Union of Concerned Scientists on global warming and several chapters from David George Haskell's The Forest Unseen.  Haskell is a biologist by training but he employs a lot of figurative language in his writing so we will examine his literary style.

This is both a core course and a restricted elective in the Technical Communication track, but graduate students majoring in Literary, Cultural and Textual Studies; Creative Writing; Writing and Rhetoric; and the Texts and Technology Ph.D. program are also welcome.

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50491 ENC3241 Writing for Technical Prof Web-Based (W) B Unavailable
Prerequisite(s): Grade of “C” (2.0) or better in ENC 1102 or C.I.
Writing effective correspondence, instructions, proposals, and informal and formal reports.

Updated: Oct 16, 2019