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Annual Jack & Ruth Gribben English Lectureship Series Presents: Brian Ballentine
October 24, 2014

In the fall of 2007, Brian Ballentine joined the English Department at West Virginia University as an assistant professor and the coordinator for WVU’s Professional Writing and Editing Program. Since 2013, he is also the associate chair of the department. Before coming to West Virginia, he served as the director of Technical Communication at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to completing his Ph.D., Ballentine was a senior software engineer for Philips Medical Systems designing user-interfaces for web-based radiology applications and specializing in human computer interaction. This past work experience ties to his current research interests which include professional and technical communication, digital literacy and the digital humanities, intellectual property and authorship, and open source development communities.

Ballentine’s recent publications include several articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings, such as “Fighting for Attention: Making Space for Deep Learning” (The New Digital Scholar, American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2013); “High Concept and Design Documentation: Using Prezi for Undergraduate Game Design” (Proceedings of the IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, Orlando, 2012); “Couture et Écriture: What the Fashion Industry Can Teach to the World of Writing” (Copy(write): Intellectual Property in the Writing Classroom, Parlor Press, 2011); “English and Engineering, Pedagogy and Politics” (Design Discourse: Composing and Revising Programs in Professional and Technical Writing, Parlor Press, 2010); “Hacker Ethics & Firefox Extensions: Writing & Teaching the ‘Grey’ Areas of Web 2.0” (Computers and Composition Online special issue 2009 (http://www2.bgsu.edu/departments/english/cconline/Ballentine/)); and “In Defense of Obfuscation: Questioning Open Source and a New Perspective on Teaching Digital Literacy in the Writing Classroom” (Composition & Copyright: Perspectives on Teaching, Text-making, and Fair Use, SUNY Press, 2009).

Among other projects, he has three new pieces coming out including “Procedural Literacy and the Future of the Digital Humanities” (Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities, U. of Chicago Press, 2014), “Linux on the Education Desktop: Bringing the ‘Glocal’ into the Technical Communication Classroom” (Teaching Culture and Communication in International Contexts: Perspectives on Engineering Education in a Global Age, Wiley-IEEE Press, 2015), and “Textual Adventures: Writing and Game Development in the Undergraduate Classroom” (Computers & Composition, June 2015 issue). He is currently revising an article that reports on developing curriculum for a study abroad program he now coordinates as part of his department’s Professional Writing and Editing program.

We hope you can join us!


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