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Master of Arts in Professional and Technical Writing

Past Thesis Projects

If you have an electronic copy of your abstract for your final project and would like it to be available on this website, please email it as an attachment to Dr. Karen Kuralt.

2005
NetDCMS: Document Design in the Workplace by Amanda Davis

Rhetorically Sound: The Letter Writing Process in a Senator’s Office by Tamika Edwards

Reinvent WAC. Repeat. Repeat. by Lynn Epnett

Lost in Transit by Rachel Miller

Free Indeed by Karen Palmer

Pinky Cunningham by Teresa Staton

Saint Joseph’s Home for Children: A Gift of Love by Cindy Toney

A Resource Guide for New Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators by Anne Weaver

2004
Chasing after Shadows by James Benge

Miles to Go: A Memoir by Karen Jordan

The Author is Dead/Long Live the Author: Towards a Theory of Authorship in the Digital Commons by Krista Kennedy

The Greening of Business: Changing Values or Changing Strategies? by Marjorie Lacy

The Persistence of Vision: Visual Rhetoric in Worship from the “Book of Kells” to “DigitalOfferings.com” by Tammy Veazey

Toward a Rhetoric of Word and Image by Jeff Ward

2003
An Evolution Through Depression by Heather Griffiths

A Living Legacy Online by Millie Hinkle

Protecting Human Subjects in Research: Comply or Die by Stacy Fortney

Reinventing Broadcast News: Applying the Theories of Hypertext and Rich Media to a Practical Marketing Situation by Shari Erwin

2002
Deliberative Discourse: Monologic Argument, Mediation and Negotiation Shaping Knowledge and Building Ethos in the First-Year Writing Class by Kiriaki Asiatidou

GIS Primer: A User’s Guide to Geographic Information Systems in Arkansas by Leann Manning

Making Connections: Education from a Spiritual Perspective by Dana Loetscher

(An Untitled) Collection of Essays by Kelly Lyon

Reading Into the Silent Spaces: Creating Intimate Identity in Email and Letter Correspondence by Leigh Ann Golden

When the Wellspring’s Dry by Ashley Michael

2001
A Disreputable Statistic: What Does Research Have to Say about the Influence of Language on Standardized Tests and Classroom Productivity for Black Students versus White Students by Lakiesha Hart

A Dramatistic Analysis of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Documents: A Study of Viral Hemorrhagic Fever by Philis Ann Cooper

The Breadbasket Chronicles: Notes From a Country Cafe by Deborah Ahring

Captive Souls: The Cult Phenomenon as Social (Re) Construction by Matt Forester

Learning the Ropes: The Socialization of Writers by Sonya Sheard

The Lost Black History of White County by Frances Tolliver

Web Usability: A Qualitative Approach to Studying Cross-Cultural Differences Among Users When Navigating Web Sites by Daphne Ervin

What Do Some Providers and Veterans Say about the VA Healthcare System? by Yvonne McLaughlin

A Bridge Between Spanning Generations of the Past, Present, and Future by Emily Sudderth

When Lincoln Mattered by Marc Turner

Revising My Writing: Revising My Life by Sherry Rankins

2000
An Educated Woman: “And Still I Rise” by Gale Lankford

Birth of Responsibility: A Memoir by Larry Arnold

The Case for Strong Standards in Speech and Writing by Paul Flemming, Jr.

Color in Communication: An Exploration of Color and Human Physiology, Language, and Symbolism by Cindy Berry

Memoirs of a Technical Project: A Critical Look At Computers in Schools by Roxanne Kirkwood

Preparing for the Interview: Your Professional Interview Package by Paula Fender

The Role of Rhetorical Theory in Military Intelligence Analysis: A Soldier’s Guide to Rhetorical Theory by Gary Mills

1999
Converging Paths: A History of My Family Through Profiles by Rebecca Weisenfels Bogoslavsky

Fate Tempted: A Script with Analysis by Joy Strange

Teaching Writing in the Little Rock School District: Practicing the Curriculum by Veronica Paxton

Transcending into the Abyss: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Loss of Self During and After the Jazz Age by Debby Carr

1998
Abraham Kirkendal Allison, 1849-1916: An Ordinary Product of Extraordinary Times by Alison Hargis

All Temperature Cheer: A Memoir by Holly Young

Cracklin’ Rosie, Curling Irons, and Cookie-Baking Grannies: A Memoir by Michelle Fouse

“The Eleventh Hour” by Karen Ellis

The Fall by Jennifer Deering

…like braids in my daughter’s hair. A Journal on Living, Writing, and Teaching by Sandra Lacer

Michel Foucault and the Rhetoric of Truth: An Examination of an Embattled Intellectual and His Critics by Matthew Abraham

Newsletters: A Study in Design and Production by Melissa Britt

Peeling Off Layers: A Story/Inquiry/Notebook of Constructing and Deconstructing Identity Through Writing by Robyn Rektor

Shaping Fate: Expressions of Faith, Hope, and Love by Ann Robertson

A Submerged Site of Composition: How Meditation Informs the WritingProcess by Laura Newman

Teaching Writing Using Networked Computers: A Report on the Use of the Internet in College Writing Instruction by Catherine Spann

Tin Man: Searching for His Heart by Carey Smitherman

1997
Building a JavaScript Tutorial for the Rest of Us: The Process by Robin Shain

The Development of the Empowered Patient Using the Internet: An Evolution of the Patient/Physician Relationship in Managed Care by John Seibert

Ghost Eyes: Observations of At-Risk Children by a Teacher/Researcher by Jan Meins

Rhetoric of Writing an Annual Report by Andrea Moore

The Taste of Dust: Explorations in Memory, Language, and Relationship by Melissa Stover

They Own the Road: A Look into the Life of Truckers by Timothy Burns

Tongues and Interpretations: A Memoir by Jean Vowell

1996
AIDS Care Examined: A Qualitative Study of a RAIN Careteam by Bradley Bennett

Audience Analysis by Comedians: Where’s the Humor? by Trudy Hagstrom

Block Scheduling: Fantasy Theme to Rhetorical Vision by Linda Laster

Certain Standards: Using Narratives to Illustrate the Implementation of Arkansas Public Education Outcomes by Dana Steward

Conversations with Jesus: The Interpretative Influence of Speech Acts and Conversational Implicatures on Selected Parabolic Conversations in the Gospel of Luke by Denise Group

High School Athletics, Rhetoric, and Popular Culture by Sohn Enis

Once There Were Green Fields by Susan Walker

A Perfect Time for Writing: A Project For Older Adults by Susan Williams

The Proposal Process by Leslie Doan

Professional Writing Portfolios for Use in Higher Education and Beyond by Stephanie Peeler

The Rhetoric of Composition: A Rhetorical Analysis of Pathos in Social Service Discourse by Lorna Marchand

A Study of Case Assignment in Coordinate Noun Phrases by Judith Quattlebaum

Tingktingk Long Jisas: A Biography of David Sitton by Emily Barefoot

Walking Through the Ghost Rooms: An Exploration of Time and Memory by Heidi Grindstaff

1995
Amazing Grace: Rhetorical Figuration in Sermons Published in Truth for Today by Cheryl Schramm

Development of a Church Media Center Procedures Manual: Adventures in Document Design and Desktop Publishing by Cynthia Fulton

The Discourse of Southern Massive Resistance: A Metaphorical Analysis by Kevin Johnson

The Dominant Zone: Applications in Personality Type Development by Suzanne Patterson

A Map of the Heart by Michael Laughter

The Virtual Reality Writing Center–Pioneering the Educational Frontier by Joel English

“Yes. It really happened. Just like I’m tellin’ you…”: A Study of Storytelling in a Small Arkansas Community by Jan Austin

1994
Crossing Boundaries: Learning Together in a Developmental Classroom by Margaret Birdson

Frontier Fantasy and Wilderness Reality in Mary Crownover Rabb’s Reminiscences of Her Texas Travels by Jonthy Williams

Revision as Learning by David Bolt

The Sermons of Loren Eiseley by Clara Rubarth

Singing Over the Bones by Briget Laskowski

Toward an Ethical Rhetoric: Examining American Fantasy Themes of Homelessness by Lisa Mongno

When it Comes to Texts, He’s a True Democrat: Umberto Eco’s Criticism of Contemporary and Popular Culture by Colin Ramsey

Voice and Audience in Journals by Sandy Moore

1993
Classical Rhetoric in The Waste Land by Shehnaz Yunus

Effects of the Arkansas Writing Project on Teacher Attitudes and Behaviors by Fonda Bell

“The Flowers Are Gone When the Fruit Begins to Ripen”: Voices in Alexander Pope’s Letters by Jackolyn Barnhouse

Gretel Ehrlich and the Heroic Journey: A Study in Psychology and Literature by Deborah Fox

Implementing the Teaching of Writing in the Rural Primary Schools in the State of Sabah by Lucas Umbul

“Meet Anne, an Angry Writer: Case Study of a Dyslexic and Dysgraphic Adult” by Melinda Kreth

Public Education in Three Parts: Literacy, Illiteracy, and Aliteracy by Kathryn Sanders

What Every Freelance Translator Should Know by Jana Bundy

Writing in the Dark: Horror Fiction and Childhood Fears by Earnest Cox

1992
The Adult College Student’s Survival Guide by James Bell

Creating Opportunities From Obstacles by Dan Lybarger

Distinguishing Voice in Literary Writing: A Study of Gretel Ehrlich’s Fiction and Nonfiction by Edwina Smith

Exposition to Fiction: A Writing Process by Dale Chapman

Three Aspects of Willa Cather’s Apprenticeship: Nebraska, Journalism, and Sarah Orne Jewett by Patricia Harris

Voices in the Classroom: Teaching Freshman Composition to Returning Women by Shirley Gray

Writing About Writing by Nena McCauley

Writing Within and for the Organization: An Overview of a Technical Writing Internship by Chad Fitz

1991
Dealing With Memory: An Analysis of the Writing Process Behind A Cocaine (Crack) Dealer/User’s Autobiography by Doris Holmes

The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Survival Guide for the New Mother by Marcia Smith

Self-Dramatization as Rhetorical Discourse in the Nonfiction Writings of Edward Abbey by Bryan Moore

Southern Voice. Gender Differences in the Writings of Carson McCullers and Truman Capote by Gina Teel

Voices from the Valley: Metaphors in AIDS Literature by Yvonne Hickey

1990
Gerard Manley Hopkins’ ‘The Wreck of the Deutschland’: A Synthesis of James Kinneavey’s Aims of Discourse by Mary Branton

Orality and Literacy: The Spoken and the Written Narrative by Susan Stover

Traveling An Honest Road, The Life of H.A., “Ted,” Bailey by Brian Walker

1989
An Intern’s View of Collaborative Writing in a Scientific Setting: A Case Study by Betty Hitt

Assumptions About Writing in Two Discourse Communities by Dorinda Moran

The Influence of Audience Expectations in the Air Force Officer Effectiveness Report by Edith Disler

To Curse or To Cure: Alice Walker’s Female Characters Write by Linda Joshua

What Sorts of Audience-Related Issues Do Dieticians Consider in Developing Diet Instruction Manuals? by Rita Huie

Writing in the Active Voice: Theory Vs. Practice by John Gregan

1988
Cohesion and the Writing Process: Case Studies in Legal Discourse by Judith Camp

The Importance of Context in Establishing a Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Program by Charlotte Miller

The Role of Rhythm in Prose by Anne Black

Virginia Woolf on Her Composing Process: Getting a Hold On Sausage and Haddock by Angela Wineland

1987
Gender Differences in the Writing Process by Anita Buswell

Updated 11.8.2008