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Department of English Language and Literature


Kevin Brock

Title: Associate Professor
Director of First-Year English
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-576-6002
Office: HUO, Room 222
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
English Language and Literature


PhD in Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media, North Carolina State University, 2013


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


ENGL 102, "Composition and Rhetoric"
ENGL 363, "Introduction to Professional Writing"
ENGL 460, "Advanced Writing"
ENGL 462, "Technical Writing"
ENGL 463, "Business Writing"
ENGL 468, "Digital Writing"
SCHC 457, "Rhetoric and Technology"
ENGL 692, "Teaching of Composition in College"
ENGL 790, "Survey of Composition Studies"
ENGL 791, "Introduction to Written Research on Composition"
ENGL 795, "The Teaching of Business and Technical Writing"
ENGL 796/SPCH 790, "Multimodal Composition"
ENGL 890, "Digital Rhetoric"
ENGL 890, "Writing Program Administration Research and Praxis"


   Brock, Kevin, Trevor C. Meyer, and Adam S. Lerner. “Persuasion, Procedure, and Planeswalkers: The Protocological Rhetoric of Magic: The Gathering.” Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, vol. 24, no.2.    
   Rhetorical Code Studies: Discovering Arguments in and around Code. U Michigan Press, 2019. doi:10.3998/mpub.10019291.
   "Treating Code as a Persuasive Argument." Rhetorical Machines: Past, Present, and Future Conversations in Rhetoric and Computation, edited by John Jones and Lavinia Hirsu, U Alabama Press, 2019, pp. 69-85..
   With Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher, "Rhetorical Genres in Code." Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2017. doi:10.1177/0047281617726278.
 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,


    Brock, Kevin. “How Programmers Write.” Research Network Forum, Conference on College Composition and Communication, Pittsburgh, PA, 13 Mar. 2019.
    Brock, Kevin. “Software Libraries as Computational Topoi.” Computers & Writing, Fairfax, VA, 25 May 2018.
    "Can We Trust the Tools? The Rhetorical Work of Collaborative Software Development." Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine Preconference for National Communication Association 2017. Dallas, TX, 15 Nov. 2017.
    "Treating Code as a Persuasive Argument." Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, OR, 16 Mar. 2017.
    "The Creative Potential of Composing in Code." Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Atlanta, GA, 5 Nov. 2016.
 "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.

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