Writing and Rhetoric Department:College of Arts and Humanities

Blake Scott

Blake Scott, Ph.D.

  • Professor
  • bscott@ucf.edu
  • 407-823-2295
  • Office Hours: On sabbatical for Fall 2015 term.
  • Campus Location: CNH304G

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 and Rhetoric in 2010, I became its Associate Chair and Director of Degree Programs. I teach a wide array of rhetoric and writing courses in our programs and in the College of Arts and Humanities' Texts & Technology program. My research in professional/technical communication and the rhetorics of health and medicine aims to develop models of rhetorical-cultural analysis and civic engagement. In the former area, for example, I have drawn on theories of cultural circulation and user-centered design to develop more responsive and sustainable forms of service-learning. My book Risky Rhetoric merges Foucaultian and classical rhetorical theory to critique and propose public health policy around HIV testing and HIV prevention more broadly. My current research project mobilizes rhetorical and transnational/globalization theory to analyze global risk conflicts about pharmaceutical access and regulation. My research on HIV/AIDS issues is connected to my community service, which includes my previous work on the Orlando EMA HIV Services Planning Council, the community planning body for the millions of dollars in federal Ryan White Modernization Act funding that comes to the four-county area surrounding Orlando. Here at UCF, I have served faculty as our UFF campus grievance chair, and worked with administration as a former provost fellow. I also work on university-wide undergraduate learning initiatives (including QEP, FoE Transfer Initiative) and on special projects for  Academic Program Quality.


  • 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

  • Rhetorics of Health and Medicine
  • Rhetorical History and Theory, including Rhetoric as Civic Engagement
  • Theory and Teaching of Composition
  • Professional and Technical Communication

Selected Publications


  • The Megarhetorics of Global Development. Co-edited by Rebecca Dingo. Pittsburgh: U of Pittsburgh P, 2012. Part of the Pittsburgh Series in Composition, Literacy, and Culture.
  • Critical Power Tools: Technical Communication and Cultural Studies. Co-edited by Bernadette Longo and Katherine V. Wills. Albany: SUNY P, 2006. Part of the SUNY Series in Scientific and Technical Communication.
  • Risky Rhetoric: AIDS and the Cultural Practices of HIV Testing. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2003. Reprinted in paper with new afterword, 2015.
  • Service-Learning in Technical and Professional Communication. Co-authored by Melody Bowdon. New York: Longman, 2003. Part of the Allyn and Bacon Series in Technical Communication.


  • Forthcoming “Disciplinary Rhetorics, Sexualized Bodies, and Truvada.” Sexual Rhetorics. Eds. Jonathan Alexander and Jacqueline Rhodes. New York: Routledge, forthcoming.    
  • Forthcoming "Defining and Developing Expertise in a Writing and Rhetoric Department." With Elizabeth Wardle. WPA Journal, forthcoming.
  • "Using Threshold Concepts to Inform Writing and Rhetoric Undergraduate Majors: The UCF Experiment." With Elizabeth Wardle. Naming What We Know: Threshold Concepts of Writing Studies. Eds. Linda Adler-Kassner and Elizabeth Wardle. Logan: Utah State UP, 2015.
  • “Afterword: Elaborating Health and Medicine’s Publics.” Special issue on “Medicine, Health, and Publics.” Ed. Lisa Keranen. Journal of Medical Humanities 35.1 (2014): 229-235.
  • “Biopower and Biopolitics.” SAGE Encyclopedia of Health Communication. Ed. Teresa Thompson. New York: SAGE, 2014. 110-113.

  • “The Rhetorics of Health and Medicine: Inventional Possibilities for Scholarship and Engaged Practice.” With Judy Z. Segal and Lisa Keranen. POROI: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Rhetorical Analysis and Invention 9.1 (2013).

  • “How Can Technical Communicators Work in a Legal and Ethical Manner?” Solving Problems in Technical Communication. Eds. Stuart Selber and Johndan Johnson-Eilola. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2012. 213-236.

  • “Tracking Transglocal Risks in Pharmaceutical Development: Novartis’s Challenge of Indian Patent Law.” The Megarhetorics of Global Development. Eds. Rebecca Dingo and J. Blake Scott. Pittsburgh: U of Pittsburgh P, 2012.
  • “Argument Building from Databases: Remediating Invention in a First-Year Writing Course.” Rhetoric: Concord and Controversy. Eds. Antonio de Velasco and Melody Lehn. Long Grove, IL: Waveland P, 2011. 79-95.
  • “Civic Engagement as Risk Management and Public Relations: What the Pharmaceutical Industry Can Teach Us about Service-Learning.” College Composition and Communication 61.2 (2009): 343-366.
  • “The Practice of Usability: Teaching User Engagement through Service-Learning.” Technical Communication Quarterly. 17.4 (2008): 381-412.
  • "The Rhetoric of Science versus Politics in U.S. HIV Testing and Prevention Policy." Communication Perspectives on HIV/AIDS for the 21st Century. Eds. Timothy Edgar, Seth M. Noar, and Vicki S. Freimuth. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2008. 297-327.
  • "Limited Prevention, Limiting Topos: Reframing Arguments about Science and Politics in the HIV Prevention Policy Debate." Sizing Up Rhetoric. Eds. David Zarefsky and Elizabeth Benacka. Long Grove, IL: Waveland P, 2008. 273-284.
  • "Kairos as Indeterminate Risk Management: The Pharmaceutical Industry's Response to Bioterrorism." Quarterly Journal of Speech 92.2 (2006): 115-143.
  • “Extending Service-Learning’s Critical Reflection and Action: Contributions of Cultural Studies.” Critical Power Tools: Technical Communication and Cultural Studies. Eds. J. Blake Scott, Bernadette Longo, and Katherine V. Wills. Albany: SUNY P, 2006. 241-258.
  • “Contradictory Stances toward Interdisciplinarity: A Response to E.O. Wilson from a Rhetorician of Science.” Writing Environments: Rhetoric, Texts, and the Construction of Nature. Ed. Sidney Dobrin and Chris Keller. Albany: SUNY P, 2005. 347-353.
  • "Tracking Rapid HIV Testing through the Cultural Circuit: Implications for Technical Communication." Journal of Business and Technical Communication 18.2 (2004): 198-219.
  • "Rearticulating Civic Engagement through Service-Learning and Cultural Studies." Technical Communication Quarterly 13.3 (2004): 289-306.
  • "Extending Rhetorical-Cultural Analysis: Transformations of HIV Home Testing." College English 65.4 (March 2003): 349-367.
  • "The Public Policy Debate over Newborn HIV Testing: A Case Study of the Knowledge Enthymeme." Rhetoric Society Quarterly 32.2 (Spring 2002): 57-83.


  • NCTE Award for Best Collection of Essays on Technical and Scientific Communication, 2007
  • NCTE Award for Best Article on Methods of Teaching Technical or Scientific Communication, 2005
  • Richard Ohmann Award for Best Article in College English, 2003
  • 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


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
18855 ENC6740 Topics in Rhet & Comp Face2Face W 6:00PM - 8:50PM Not Online
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Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
51031 ENG3836 Prof Lives and Literacy Pract Rdce Time B M,W 12:00PM - 1:50PM Not Online
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Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11349 ENC3331 Rhetoric and Civic Engagement Rdce Time M,W 9:30AM - 10:20AM Not Online
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11446 ENG3836 Prof Lives and Literacy Pract Face2Face M,W,F 1:30PM - 2:20PM Not Online
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Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81473 ENC3375 Rhetoric in Popular Culture Face2Face Tu,Th 9:00AM - 10:15AM Not Online
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81705 ENG3836 Prof Lives and Literacy Pract Face2Face Tu,Th 3:00PM - 4:15PM Not Online
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60356 ENG3836 Prof Lives and Literacy Pract Rdce Time B M,W 12:00PM - 1:50PM Not Online
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Department of Writing and Rhetoric • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
Campus Location: Colbourn Hall (Building 18) Room 301
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