Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor's Name

Dr. Vanessa K. Sohan

First Advisor's Committee Title

Co-Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Dr. Andrew Strycharski

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Co-Committee Chair

Third Advisor's Name

Dr. Phillip M. Carter

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member


Multimodality, Filmmaking, Public, Public Scholarship, Multimodal Composition, Short Film, Adjunct Instructors, Literacy Narrative

Date of Defense



“Humanizing Scholarship” offers a look into the ways that multimodality can be used to make the scholarly conversations had within the academy more accessible to members of the public. This thesis acknowledges and echoes the responsibility academics have to bridging the gap between their research and the people who so often serve as the basis for the ethnographic work being done in academia. My project does two things: First, it brings together some of the conversations surrounding multimodality and public scholarship. Second, it offers some first-hand models of multimodal compositions—the short films Don Armando and The Adjunct, and the screenplay for Huevos Revueltos— which attempt to translate academic conversations through a narrative lens offered by the mediums of screenplays and short films. It is my hope that these models can help future scholars see the value in multimodality and the critical humanizing factor it can offer their research.



MAvalos_Huevos Revueltos Script_PDF.pdf (60 kB)
Screenplay for Huevos Revueltos, mentioned in thesis.

MAvalos_The Adjunct Script _PDF.pdf (59 kB)
Screenplay for The Adjunct, mentioned in thesis.

Don Armando (No Music).mp4 (716282 kB)
Short Film by Mario Avalos: Don Armando, mentioned in thesis.

The Adjunct (B&W Credits).mp4 (2800111 kB)
Short Film by Mario Avalos: The Adjunct, mentioned in thesis.



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