Welcome to the second issue of Illuminations: A Newsletter for New Faculty. Last spring, we re-launched Illuminations with a new focus: to highlight the innovative research interests of new faculty at UCF, and to bring together departments whose services are relevant to our new faculty. We were fortunate enough to kick off the inaugural issue with excellent contributions from Christian Beck, Amanda Koontz Anthony, Karin Chumbimuni-Torres, and Ann Glieg, as well as contributions from the FCTL, OUR, and the Libraries.
For the second issue, we are pleased to publish contributions from two new faculty members. First, Douglas Walls (Writing & Rhetoric) discusses his research that traces actors in moments of digital writing and asks what elements are at play in particular moments performed by people, tools, and cultures in professional and personal infrastructures. Next up is Carrie Moran (Libraries) who writes about the different ways in which academic librarians are embedded in their academic communities. Her article examines the multifarious ways in which she sees herself fitting into the diverse community that is UCF. Also included here is a special feature by Ven Basco (Libraries) about how to measure your H-index.
This newsletter is still in its infancy and will continue to evolve in the future. We are already at work on the next issue (due out this fall) and plan to experiment with the current format to include a wider variety of content, including various forms of multi-media, art, and updates from previous contributors. In order to do that, though, we need help from you. If you know a new faculty member who would be worth featuring here, please let us know. We are interested in showcasing the endeavors of new faculty members from any department. In the meantime, I want to thank those who have contributed to the first two issues and helped us get this project off the ground!
John Venecek, Editor