Students look on as student writer explains research poster.
Knights Write Showcase

Join us for Knights Write! This two-day event celebrates excellence in writing at UCF.

Attendees will have the opportunity to view poster presentations displaying writing research projects, attend various panel presentations that discuss writing-related issues and ideas, and celebrate award-winning student work.

This event is hosted by the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, which contributes a vertical writing curriculum and experience for all UCF students, from first year to graduate students, and supports a vibrant writing culture by supporting faculty across UCF in the teaching of writing.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Student Union, Pegasus Ballroom

Sherry Rankins-Robertson and Joseph Longhany kick off the 2024 Knights Write Showcase!

Students from the First-Year Composition program and undergraduate students in Writing and Rhetoric courses present (multimodal) posters representing their thoughtful research on a range of topics, including the importance of literacy and language, the rhetoric within diverse communities, embodied texts, the impact of influential texts, and more. Attendees can view posters, listen, learn, and ask questions to student presenters.

What does Dungeons and Dragons have in common with World of Warcraft, architecture, front desk agents, and deaf YouTube communities? They’re all sites where people use rhetoric, writing, and literacies to accomplish tasks and meet community goals. In this panel presentation, first-year student writers share how tools of discourse communities such as genre, digital communication, and embodied writing, allowed them to learn and thrive. Students’ methodologies include rhetorical analysis, genre analysis, autoethnography, and interviews.

This panel brings forward writers and student editors from the peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal Convergence/Rhetoric.

Welcome Dr. Sheila Carter-Tod as she tells a story—a sort of hero’s journey. In her presentation, she traces her experiences with AI usage and explores how she has knowingly (and unknowingly) considered what a great tool of assistance and generative power AI could be. Then, she shares how she has had to wrestle with and critically consider the inclusive and exclusive properties of the range of AI usages. Finally, she discusses how she has come to a shaky resolution in her AI usage—considering AI’s potential to acknowledge and build upon concepts of culturally-based storytelling.

Sheila Carter-Tod, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Writing and Associate Professor of English at The University of Denver. She has chaired and served on numerous NCTE’s committees and held leadership roles on CCCC and CWPA’s executive boards and committees. She has published works in College Composition and Communication, Enculturation, Composition Studies, WPA: Writing Program Administration and others. Her research/teaching/service/outreach focuses on writing program administration, race and rhetorics, composition theory, and writing pedagogy.

The University Writing Center (UWC) provides members of the UCF community with individual and group peer consultations at any stage of the writing process. In this session, a panel of experienced UWC student consultants share experiences and perspectives they’ve gained from working in the center. This session includes discussions of how and why they became writing consultants, what they’ve learned from their time in the center, and what they value about working with UCF writers. Anyone interested in taking advantage of the UWC as a service, working in the UWC, or learning a little more about writing at UCF will enjoy this session.
This roundtable session features students offering short PechaKucha-like presentations of the visual learning pathways that they developed in their Professional Lives and Literacy Practices course. Designed to help students intentionally plan and connect their learning across a range of experiences, the learning pathways are used by students to track their learning and receive feedback from advisors, mentors, and peers. The roundtable may be especially helpful for new students in the major/minor as well as students interested in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at UCF.
David Bartholomae’s widely read pedagogical text “Inventing the University” has influenced the teaching of college composition for nearly four decades. In his article, Bartholomae suggests that writers build bridges through commonplace with language. While the article considers how novice writers construct texts for the university, this frame serves as a lens to consider how graduate students move from the role of student to teacher and “(re)invent” their positionality through their identities in first-year composition. This panel highlights GTAs and their praxis in teaching college writing for the first time.

Virtual-Only (No Session in Pegasus Ballroom)

This session features graduate students hosting short presentations about the network sense mapping projects they created in the Rhetoric and Composition Colloquium course. Network sense, popularized in composition studies by scholars such as Derek Mueller, is defined as a means of understanding disciplinarity through visual methods. Whether you’re a seasoned rhetorician or someone unfamiliar with the field, we invite you to listen to graduate students detail their perspectives on existing and emerging disciplinary trends in the field of Rhetoric, Composition, and Writing Studies.

Note: This is a virtual session. To join this session, please click here.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Student Union, Pegasus Ballroom

Rhetoric is a powerful tool used to express all forms of discourse. Riot grrrl zines in the 90s used rhetorical appeals to take on sexism and racism. Contemporary Black female rappers use their music to express their personalities and identities so that, in turn, they affirm themselves and other Black women. First-year student-scholars share what their diverse rhetorical analyses revealed about the communities they examine and the rhetorical choices made in their writing.

Expertise in writing and rhetoric can take many forms, including multimedia strategies, editing techniques, research abilities, knowledge of writing conventions, collaborative approaches to working with writers across contexts, and more. In this panel presentation, members of the Writing and Rhetoric Capstone course describe the ways they’ve developed, honed, and applied their rhetorical expertise to solve emergent problems in academic, professional, or civic contexts.

Access to AI-powered content generators impact the ways many individuals approach their writing tasks. While individuals may make their own decisions about whether or not to use chatbots for personal writing, they may not have quite so much freedom to decide for themselves when it comes to using these tools for academic or professional purposes.

Join us for this workshop-style session in which Laurie A. Pinkert, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, describes what students and faculty need to know about emerging workplace and disciplinary expectations for writing with/for/and AI. The session will highlight some trends in AI-related writing expectations and also provide insights from a recent policy development workshop with company leaders responsible for overseeing the integration or prohibition of AI-powered technologies on their teams. Attendees will learn about some new and emerging genres that writers should be prepared to engage and some questions that every writer should ask. Don’t miss this chance to expand your expectations through this workshop on AI and its impact on writing.

In this roundtable, graduate student scholars share their experience participating in a graduate course on Black Rhetorics and Black Literacies. Presenters offer their research projects to demonstrate the abundance of Black rhetorics particularly when studied from a Global Black Rhetorics framework (Browdy and Milu 2022). Presentations are followed by a discussion on how to study and teach Black rhetorics in a way that is representative and inclusive of diverse Afro-diasporic rhetorical traditions.

Join Dean Jeffrey Moore in a celebration of award-winning student writers and scholars.

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