Education

August 2015 - Present

Doctor of Philosophy in Texts and Technology - PhD Candidate

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, 4.0 GPA

Research interests: game studies, writing and rhetoric, digital and new media theory, Writing Across the Curriculum

August 2012

Master of Arts in English with an emphasis on Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, 3.6 GPA

Thesis title: "Religious Violence in Frank Herbert's Dune series"

December 2008

Bachelor of Arts in English, Minor in Creative Writing, Writing Center Volunteer

Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL, 3.6 GPA

Academic Appointments

August 2019 - Present




Deputy Assistant Director - Games and Interactive Media

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

August 2018 - Present

Games and Interactive Media Instructor

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Introduction to Digital Media (DIG 2000)

Fundamentals of Interactive Design (DIG 2500)

Computer as a Medium (DIG 3480)

Game Design (DIG 4713)

Game Production(DIG 4715C)

January 2013 - June 2018

English Instructor

Keiser University, Daytona Beach, FL

Basic English (ENC 0001)

English Composition I and II (ENC 1101 and ENC 1102)

English and American Literature (ENL1000 and AML 1000)

Professional Writing (ENC 3213)

Research Writing (ENC 4313)

Writing Studio Consultant

Part-Time Teaching Experience

August 2012 - December 2012




Adjunct English Instructor

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL

Technical Report Writing (COM 221 - Specialized equivalent of ENC 1102 for STEM majors)

August 2012 - December 2012

Adjunct English Instructor

Daytona State College, Daytona Beach, FL

Introductory College Writing (ENC 1101)

August 2009 - July 2011

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

English Composition I and II (ENC 1101 and ENC 1102)

Writing Center Consultant

Programming Languages

HTML, CSS, pHp, MySQL, Ink, C#


Digital Software Skills

Unity, Twine, Inklewriter, Ren'Py, Max7, Inky


Academic Journal Publications


Howard, K. (June 2019). "Free-to-Play or Pay-to-Win?:Casual, Hardcore, and Hearthstone." Transactions of the Digital Games Research Association, 4(3), pp. 147-169.

Howard, K. (March 2019). "Nonlinear Narrative in Fallout 2." One Shot: A Journal of Critical Play and Games, 1 (1).. Digital Essay / Game.

Murnane, E. and Howard, K. (February 2018). "Stacking Magic: The Flexible Simplicity of Analog Rules." Well Played, 7(1), pp. 84-99.

Conference Proceedings Publications


Howard, K. (October 2019). "A Design Framework for Learning about Representation in Video Games Through Modification of Narrative and Gameplay." 12th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, ICIDS 2019, Salt Lake City, Utah November 19 - 23, Proceedings, pp. 422 - 246. Doctoral Consortium paper.

Howard, K. and Donley, R. (October 2019). "Using Ink and Interactive Fiction to Teach Interactive Design." 12th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, ICIDS 2019, Salt Lake City, Utah November 19 - 23, Proceedings, pp. 68 - 72. Award: Best Poster. Published poster paper.

Howard, K. (September 2019). "Romance Never Changes...Or Does It?: Fallout, Queerness, and Mods." DiGRA '19 - Proceedings of the 2019 International Conference.

Presentations

Howard, K., Donley, R., Cox, D., and Murray, J. (Forthcoming May 2020). "IF.then(): Teaching Programming Concepts Using Interactive Fiction." Narrascope, Champaign, IL.

Howard, K. (Forthcoming Narcg 2020). "Retelling the Tell-Tale Heart: An Interactive Transmedia Project." International Confrence for the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL.

Howard, K. (November 2019). "A Design Framework for Learning about Representation in Video Games Through Modification of Narrative and Gameplay." 12th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, ICIDS 2019, Salt Lake City, Utah November 19 - 23. Doctoral Consortium.

Howard, K. and Donley, R. (November 2019). "Using Ink and Interactive Fiction to Teach Interactive Design." 12th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, ICIDS 2019, Salt Lake City, Utah November 19 - 23. Poster presentation.

Howard, K. "A Pedagogical and Critical Framework for Learning about Representation and Tropes Through Video Games." (August 2019). Foundations of Digital Games, San Luis Obispo, CA. Doctoral Consortium.

Howard, K. "Romance Never Changes...Or Does It?: Fallout, Queerness, and Mods." (August 2019). Digital Games Research Association, Kyoto, Japan.

Howard, K. and Donley, R. "Integrating and Assessing Interactive Design through Interactive Fiction using Ink." (June 2019). Narrascope, Boston MA.

Howard, K. "Remediating Collectible Card Games: From Magic to Hearthstone." (April 2019). Popular Culture Association National Conference, Washington D.C.

Howard, K. "Romance never changes...or does it?: Queering Fallout 4 through mods." (March 2019). International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL.

Howard, K. "Romance never changes... or does it?: Queer relationships and modding in Fallout 4." (October 2018). Different Games Conference, Wocester, MA.

Howard, K. "Free-to-Play or Pay-to-Win?: Casual and Hardcore Game Structures in Hearthstone." (July 2018). Digital Games Research Association, Turin, Italy.

Howard, K. "Using Video Games to Teach and Assess Audience and Revision in First-Year Composition." (May 2018). Computers and Writing, Fairfax, VA.

Howard, K. "Retelling The Tell-Tale Heart." (April 2018). UCF Celebrates the Arts, Orlando, Florida. Art Installation (video overview in digital projects section).

Howard, K. "Magic and Hearthstone: Remediating Collectible Card Games." (March 2018). International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL.

Foley, C. Howard, K. Kretzschmar, M., Murnane, E. and Raffel, S. (November 2017). "Defining and Questioning the Terms 'Casual' and 'Hardcore' in Video Games." HASTAC, Orlando FL. Roundtable.

Murnane, E. and Howard, K. (October 2017). "Stacking Magic: The Flexible Simplicity of Analog Rules." Popular Culture Association Southern Conference, Savannah, GA.

Howard, K. (April 2017). "First-year writing and the zombie apocalypse: Composition, audience, revision, and Organ Trail." Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, San Diego, CA.

Howard, K. (March 2017). "Casual and Hardcore Game Structures in Hearthstone." International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL.

Howard, K. (March 2016). "Literary Theory and Nonlinear Video Games." International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL.

Howard, K. (March 2015). "Narrative Structure in Fallout: New Vegas." International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL.

Howard, K. (March 2014). "The Shortening of the Way: Religious Violence and the Creation of Empire in Frank Herbert's Dune." International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL.

Howard, K. (March 2013). "'The Moon Fell:' Religions Violence in Frank Herbert's Dune Messiah." International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL.

Howard, K. (March 2012). "Virtual Victory and Real Defeat: Game Space in William Gibson's 'Burning Chrome.'" International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, FL.


Conference Moderation

March 2019




International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts

Orlando, FL

Panel Title: Investigating Ms. Marvel

March 2018

International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts

Orlando, FL

Panel Title: Game Theory Deluxe: Neocolonialism, Lovecraft and Russian Formalism

November 2017

HASTAC: The Possible Worlds of Digital Humanities

Orlando, FL

Panel on critical language in Spanish courses and diagnosing depression though multimodal systems

April 2017

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference

San Diego, CA

Panel Title: 'Playing' in the Classroom and Beyond

March 2017

International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts

Orlando, FL

Panel title: Fun and Games Featuring Death, Melancholy, and Magic Circles

March 2015

International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts

Orlando, FL

Panel title: Transmedia/Transverse Storytelling

March 2014

International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts

Orlando, FL

Panel title: Empire and Dune, Part I

Digital Projects

Fall 2018




Retelling The Tell-Tale Heart: Ink Version

Web-based Ink game that allows the user to play through a digital version of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart"

Spring 2018

Retelling The Tell-Tale Heart: Installation Version

Interactive audio / touch based game that allows the user to play through a digital version of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart"

Fall 2017

Grad Student Simulator

Ren'Py visual novel protoype in which the player takes the role of a friend offering a graduate student advice

Spring 2017

Retelling The Tell-Tale Heart

Inklewriter narrative that allows users to play various alternative versions of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart"

Fall 2016

Fallout Character Database

Database allowing users to create, save, and modify narrative information about characters in the Fallout series

Service Learning Projects

Spring 2017




Digital Story Curation Project

The Florida Review

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Assisted with the curation of digital stories for inclusion in The Florida Review's online magazine

Summer 2016

UCF CREATE Client Project

UCF CREATE

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Assisted with writing a proposal for a Mayor's Matching Grant to fund an after school digital media program for middle school students

Fall 2015

State of Writing Across the Curriculum at UCF Client Project

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Assisted UCF's Writing Across the Curriculum project with assessing the effectiveness of WAC initiatives in science-based disciplines

Academic Committees and Service

January 2020 - Present




Student Internship Supervision

Christian Mendoza - UCF Institute of Simulation and Training

January 2020 - February 2020

Electronic Literature Organization

Scientific Commitee - Reviewer

October 2019 - Present

Honors in the Major Commitee Member

Anastasia Papanioanou

Eric Sarver

August 2019 - Present

Curriculum Committee

University of Central Florida, Nicholson School of Communication, Orlando, FL

August 2019 - Present

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

University of Central Florida, Games and Interactive Media Department, Orlando, FL

August 2019 - Present

Assessment Committee

University of Central Florida, Games and Interactive Media Department, Orlando, FL

August 2018 - August 2019

Foundations Committee

University of Central Florida, Games and Interactive Media Department, Orlando, FL

January 2017 - June 2018

Health and Wellness Committee

Keiser University, Daytona Beach, FL

January 2016 - December 2016

General Education Assessment Committee

Keiser University, Daytona Beach, FL

November 2015 - June 2018

General Education Department Committee

Keiser University, Daytona Beach, FL

Minutes Taker and Record Keeper

January 2015 - December 2015

Student Appreciation Committee

Keiser University, Daytona Beach, FL

August 2013 - December 2013

Faculty Colloquium

Keiser University, Daytona Beach, FL

January 2013 - June 2018

Student Success and Retention Committee

Keiser University, Daytona Beach, FL

Professional Development Courses

August 2018




IDL 6543: Interactive Distrubted Learning

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

August 2018

ADL 5000

Univeristy of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

November 2017

TEAS Test Proctor Certification

ATI Testing Online

July 2017

Blackboard Level 2 Developer Training

Keiser University, Online Division

May 2017

Blackboard Hybrid Training

Keiser University, Online Division

January 2016 - October 2016

Keiser Educator Seminar Continuing Education Course

Teaching and Learning Community, Online Division

July 2016 & February 2013

Keiser Educator Seminar

Teaching and Learning Community

Keiser University, Orlando FL

May 2018, May 2017, May 2016, & May 2015

Kognito Veterans on Campus Training

Keiser University, Daytona Beach

January 2016

Keiser Educator Seminar (Online)

Teaching and Learning Community

Keiser University, Online Division

November 2014

Blackboard Training

Keiser University, Online Division

May 2013

eCampus Hybrid Training

Keiser University, Online Division

May 2010

College Reading and Learning Association

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Master Tutor certification