Writing and Rhetoric Department:College of Arts and Humanities

Blake Scott

Blake Scott, Ph.D.

I came to UCF in 2002, having previously taught at the University of Florida, Penn State University, and the University of Oklahoma. When UCF created the Department of Writing & Rhetoric in 2011, I became its founding Associate Chair and Director of Degree Programs, leading the creation of three new undergraduate programs (including a B.A. in Writing & Rhetoric). At UCF, I have served as United Faculty of Florida Grievance Chair, Provost Fellow (2012-2013), and Faculty Excellence Fellow (2017-2018). In this latter role, I'll be helping Faculty Excellence advance faculty-centric initiatives identified through the COACHE survey. I've also worked on and in some cases helped lead of number of other university initiatives, including the Foundations of Excellence Transfer Initiative, Quality Enhancement Program, and revision of University Promotion & Tenure Guidelines.

With Lisa Melocon, I'm a founding co-editor of the new scholarly journal Rhetoric of Health & Medicine, published by the University Press of Florida / University of Florida Press. My scholarship in the rhetoric of health and medicine (RHM) includes the recently published collection, co-edited with Lisa Meloncon, Methodologies for the Rhetoric of Health & Medicine; my book Risky Rhetoric: AIDS and the Cultural Practices of HIV Testing; and articles in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, College English, Journal of Medical Humanities, and other places.

My scholarship professional and technical communication includes the collection, co-edited with Bernadette Longo and Katherine Wills, Critical Power Tools: Technical Communication and Cultural Studies; the textbook, co-authored by Melody Bowdon, Service-Learning in Technical and Professional Communication; and articles in Technical Communication Quarterly, the Journal of Business and Technical Communication, and other places.

I'm currently working on a book that brings together theories of rhetoric, risk, and transnational movement to analyze global risk conflicts around pharmaceutical access and regulation. My other transnational rhetorical work includes the collection, co-edited by Rebecca Dingo, The Megarhetorics of Global Development

I teach a wide array of rhetoric and writing courses in our upper-division and M.A. programs and in the College of Arts and Humanities' Texts & Technology Ph.D. program. Many of these have involved sustained community partnerships.


  • Ph.D. in English: Rhetoric and Composition from Penn State University (1999)
  • M.A. in English: Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy from University of Oklahoma (1994)
  • B.A. in English Education from East Central University (OK) (1991)

Research Interests

  • Rhetoric of Health & Medicine
  • Rhetorical History, Theory, & Techne
  • Professional & Technical Communication
  • Writing Theory & Pedagogy
  • Writing Program Development

Selected Publications


  • Scott, J. Blake. Risky Rhetoric: AIDS and the Cultural Practices of HIV Testing. Southern Illinois UP, 2003. Reprinted in paper with new afterword, 2015.
  • Bowdon, Melody, and J. Blake Scott. Service-Learning in Technical and Professional Communication. Longman, 2003. Part of the Allyn and Bacon Series in Technical Communication.

Edited Collections

  • Meloncon, Lisa, and J. Blake Scott, eds. Methodologies for the Rhetoric of Health & Medicine. Routledge, 2017.
  • Dingo, Rebecca, and J. Blake Scott, eds. The Megarhetorics of Global Development. U of Pittsburgh P, 2012. Part of the Pittsburgh Series in Composition, Literacy, and Culture.
  • Scott, J. Blake, Bernadette Longo, and Katherine V. Wills, eds. Critical Power Tools: Technical Communication and Cultural Studies. SUNY P, 2013. Part of the SUNY Series in Technical and Scientific Communication.


  • Scott, J. Blake, and Lisa Meloncon. "Writing and Rhetoric Majors, Disciplinarity, and Techne." Composition Forum, vol. 35, 2017, Web.
  • Malkowski, Jennifer, J. Blake Scott, and Lisa Keranen. "Rhetorical Approaches to Health and Medicine." Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication, edited by Jon F. Nussbaum, Oxford UP, 2016, Web.
  • Wardle, Elizabeth, and J. Blake Scott. "Defining and Developing Expertise in a Writing and Rhetoric Department." WPA: Writing Program Administration, vol. 39, no. 1, 2015, pp. 72-93.
  • Scott, J. Blake. “Afterword: Elaborating Health and Medicine’s Publics.” Special issue on “Medicine, Health, and Publics,” edited by Lisa Keranen. Journal of Medical Humanities, vol. 35, no. 1, 2014, pp. 229-235.
  • Scott, J. Blake. “Biopower and Biopolitics.” SAGE Encyclopedia of Health Communication, edited by Teresa Thompson. SAGE, 2014, pp. 110-113.
  • Scott, J. Blake, Judy Z. Segal, and Lisa Keranen. “The Rhetorics of Health and Medicine: Inventional Possibilities for Scholarship and Engaged Practice.” POROI: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Rhetorical Analysis and Invention, vol. 9, no. 1, 2013, Web.
  • Scott, J. Blake. “Civic Engagement as Risk Management and Public Relations: What the Pharmaceutical Industry Can Teach Us about Service-Learning.” College Composition and Communication, vol. 61, no. 2, 2009, pp. 343-366.
  • Scott, J. Blake. “The Practice of Usability: Teaching User Engagement through Service-Learning.” Technical Communication Quarterly. 17.4 (2008): 381-412.
  • Scott, J. Blake. "Kairos as Indeterminate Risk Management: The Pharmaceutical Industry's Response to Bioterrorism." Quarterly Journal of Speech, vol. 92, no. 2, 2006, pp. 115-143.
  • Scott, J. Blake. "Tracking Rapid HIV Testing through the Cultural Circuit: Implications for Technical Communication." Journal of Business and Technical Communication, vol. 18, no. 2, 2004, pp. 98-219.
  • Scott, J. Blake. "Rearticulating Civic Engagement through Service-Learning and Cultural Studies." Technical Communication Quarterly, vol. 13, no. 3, 2004, pp. 289-306.
  • Scott, J. Blake. "Extending Rhetorical-Cultural Analysis: Transformations of HIV Home Testing." College English, vol. 65, no. 4, 2003, 349-367.
  • Scott, J. Blake. "The Public Policy Debate over Newborn HIV Testing: A Case Study of the Knowledge Enthymeme." Rhetoric Society Quarterly, vol. 32, no. 2, 2002, pp. 57-83.

Book Sections/Chapters

  • Scott, J. Blake, and Lisa Meloncon. "Manifesting Methodologies for the Rhetoric of Health & Medicine." With Lisa Meloncon. Methodologies for the Rhetoric of Health & Medicine, edited by Lisa Meloncon and J. Blake Scott. Routledge, 2017, pp. 1-23
  • Scott, J. Blake. “Disciplinary Rhetorics, Sexualized Bodies, and Truvada.” Sexual Rhetorics, edited byJonathan Alexander and Jacqueline Rhodes. Routledge, 2016, pp. 217-230.
  • Scott, J. Blake, and Elizabeth Wardle. "Using Threshold Concepts to Inform Writing and Rhetoric Undergraduate Majors: The UCF Experiment." Naming What We Know: Threshold Concepts of Writing Studies, edited by Linda Adler-Kassner and Elizabeth Wardle. Utah State UP, 2015, pp. 122-139.
  • Scott, J. Blake. “How Can Technical Communicators Work in a Legal and Ethical Manner?” Solving Problems in Technical Communication, edited by Stuart Selber and Johndan Johnson-Eilola. U of Chicago P, 2012, pp. 213-236.
  • Scott, J. Blake. “Tracking Transglocal Risks in Pharmaceutical Development: Novartis’s Challenge of Indian Patent Law.” The Megarhetorics of Global Development, edited by Rebecca Dingo and J. Blake Scott. U of Pittsburgh P, 2012, pp. 29-53.
  • Scott, J. Blake. "The Rhetoric of Science versus Politics in U.S. HIV Testing and Prevention Policy." Communication Perspectives on HIV/AIDS for the 21st Century, edited by Timothy Edgar, Seth M. Noar, and Vicki S. Freimuth. Lawrence Erlbaum, 2008, pp. 297-327.
  • Scott, J. Blake. “Extending Service-Learning’s Critical Reflection and Action: Contributions of Cultural Studies.” Critical Power Tools: Technical Communication and Cultural Studies, edited by J. Blake Scott, Bernadette Longo, and Katherine V. Wills. SUNY P, 2006, pp. 241-258.


  • NCA Health Communication Division 2017 Distinguished Book Award (for Risky Rhetoric)
  • UCF Faculty COACHE Innovation Award, 2018
  • UCF Scroll & Quill Inductee, 2017
  • NCTE 2007 Award for Best Collection of Essays on Technical and Scientific Communication (for Critical Power Tools)
  • NCTE 2005 Award for Best Article on Methods of Teaching Technical or Scientific Communication
  • Richard Ohmann 2003 Award for Best Article in College English
  • UCF Research Incentive Award, 2007
  • UCF Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, 2006 and 2012
  • UCF CAS Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2005
  • UCF University Award for Excellence in Professional Service, 2007 and 2015
  • UCF Teaching Incentive Program Award, 2009
  • UCF CAH Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award, 2011


Key UCF Leadership Positions

  • Provost Faculty Fellow (2012-2013)
  • Faculty Excellence Fellow (2017-2018)
  • University Promotion and Tenure Committee Co-Chair (2016-2017), Chair (2017-2018)
  • CAH Promotion & Tenure Committee Chair (2014)
  • Faculty Senate, Personnel Committee (2017-present), Ad Hoc Committee on Centers and Institutes (2017-present)
  • Foundations of Excellence Transfer Initiative, Co-Chair of Organization Committee and Co-Chair of Engagement Action Team (2014-present)
  • Quality Enhancement Program Lead Proposal Writer and Researcher (2015-2016)
  • Department of Writing & Rhetoric Founding Associate Chair (July 2010-January 2015)
  • Department of Writing & Rhetoric Founding Director of Degree Programs, Graduate (July 2010-January 2015) and Undergraduate (July 2010-August 2015)

Select Professional Leadership Roles

  • ATTW 2018 Conference Program Co-Chair (2017-present)
  • Member of RSA Publications Committee (2017-present)
  • Board Member of Rhetoric Society of America (1994-1996)
  • Member of Executive Board, Independent Writing Departments and Programs Affiliate (IWDPA) (2016-2017)
  • Member of CCCC Committee on the Major (2015-2016, committee disbanded)
  • Member of CCCC Nominating Committee (2011-2013)
  • Member of CCCC Committee on Child Care Initiatives (2008-2009)
  • Member of CCCC Ad-Hoc Committee for Small Grant Program (2005)
  • Member of CCCC Position Statement on Service-Learning Committee (2005)

Select Mentoring

  • Coordinator of UCF Associate Professor Mentoring Communities (2017-present)
  • Mentor in University of Maryland, Baltimore County Eminent Scholar Program (2017-present)
  • TRiO “Project BEST” Mentoring Program (2016-present)
  • CAH Assistant Professor Mentoring Program (2016-present)
  • Facilitator of DWR CPE and P&T Workshops (2015-present)
  • Facilitator of DWR Assistant Professor Research Workshop Group (2012-2014, 2016-present)


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19245 ENC4354 Writ W/communities & Nonprofit Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Not Online
No Description Available
19250 ENC5930 Cur Topics in Professional Wri World Wide Web (W) Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81773 ENC4379 Writing and Rhetoric Capstone Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Not Online
No Description Available

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Department of Writing and Rhetoric • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
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