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Kevin Brock

Assistant Professor
Department of English Language and Literature

Phone Number: (803) 576-6002
Office: HUO 222
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PhD in Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media, North Carolina State University, 2013

Areas of Specialization 

Composition Studies
Digital Rhetoric
Rhetoric of Science & Technology
Software and Code Studies
Technical Communication

Recently Taught Courses 

   Advanced Writing
   Multimodal Composition
   • Business Writing
  • Survey of Composition Studies
   Technical Writing
   The Teaching of Business and Technical Writing

Current Research Projects 

I'm currently working on a book project that explores the rhetorical nature of software development and the meaningful communication that occurs in and around computer code languages. I argue that it's important for scholars of rhetoric and composition--especially those interested in digitally-mediated writing--to recognize how and why programmers persuade one another in the code they write. In addition, I'm developing several articles that draw attention to the possibilities for digital writing (the manipulation of binary data for various rhetorical ends) by way of physical gesture, movement, and related activity.

Selected Publications 

   With Dawn Shepherd, “Understanding How Algorithms Work Persuasively Through the Procedural Enthymeme.” Computers and Composition, vol. 42, 2016, pp. 17-27.
   “The ‘FizzBuzz’ Programming Test: A Case-Based Exploration of Rhetorical Style in Code.” Computational Culture: A Journal of Software Studies, vol. 5, 2016,
   “Enthymeme as Rhetorical Algorithm.” Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, vol. 4, no. 1, 2014,
   With David M. Rieder, “Kinect-ing Together Writing and Gesture Through NUI Technologies.” Itineration, 2013,
   “Establishing Ethos on Proprietary and Open Source Software Websites.” Online Credibility and Digital Ethos: Evaluating Computer-Mediated Communication, edited by Shawn Apostel and Moe Folk, IGI Global, 2013, pp. 56-76.
   “One Hundred Thousand Billion Processes: Oulipian Computation and the Composition of Digital Cybertexts.” Technoculture, vol. 2, 2012,
   With Matthew Davis and Stephen McElroy, “Expanding the Available Means of Composing: Three Sites of Inquiry.” Enculturation, vol. 14, 2012,

Recent Presentations 

   "Reading Hedge-o-Matic's Code Rhetorically." Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Atlanta, GA, 28 May 2016.
   "Git as Sited for Distributed and Iterative Composition." Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston, TX. 9 Apr. 2016.
   With Ashley R. Kelly. "Rhetorical Genres in Code." Indiana Digital Rhetoric Symposium, Bloomington, IN. 10 Apr. 2015.
   "Material." Conference on College Composition and Communication, Tampa, FL. 20 Mar. 2015.
   "Composing Accessible Code." Computers & Writing, Pullman, WA. 8 June 2014.
   "Rhetorical Ontologies of Code." Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. 26 Oct. 2013.
   "The Public Work of Procedural Pedagogy." Conference on College Composition and Communication, Las Vegas, NV. 14 Mar. 2013.
   "Programming as Writing (with) New Media." Computers & Writing, Raleigh, NC. 19 May 2012.
   "Establishing Ethos on Proprietary and Open Source Software Websites." Annual Convention of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, LA. 18 Nov. 2011.