Writing and Rhetoric Department:College of Arts and Humanities

Blake Scott

Blake Scott, Ph.D.

  • Director of Writing and Rhetoric Degree Programs
  • Professor
  • bscott@ucf.edu
  • 407-823-1057
  • Office Hours: M-Th 1-3
  • Campus Location: CNH301B

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 biotechnology aims to develop models of cultural critique 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 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 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 also work on university-wide service-learning efforts and advocate for faculty as part of UFF's grievance committee.

Education

  • 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

Books

  • 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.
  • 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.

Articles/Essays

  • Forthcoming “Afterword: Elaborating Health and Medicine’s Publics.” Special issue on “Medicine, Health, and Publics.” Journal of Medical Humanities 
  • Forthcoming

    “Biopower and Biopolitics.” SAGE Encyclopedia of Health Communication. Ed. Teresa Thompson. New York: SAGE.

  • “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.

Awards

  • 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, 2006-2007
  • UCF Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, 2006-2007
  • UCF CAS Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2005
  • UCF University Award for Excellence in Professional Service, 2007
  • UCF Teaching Incentive Program Award, 2008-2009
  • UCF CAH Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award, 2011

Courses

No courses found for Summer 2013.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
82132 ENC3375 Rhetoric in Popular Culture Rdce Time M,W 3:30PM - 4:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19492 ENC3456H Hon Writing About Health & Med Face2Face M,W,F 9:30AM - 10:20AM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50850 ENC3331 Rhetoric and Civic Engagement Rdce Time A M,W 10:00AM - 11:50AM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81938 ENC3375 Rhetoric in Popular Culture Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Not Online
No Description Available

No courses found for Spring 2015.

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