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Brian Ballentine

Brian Ballentine

Associate Professor
Associate Chair
Coordinator, Professional Writing & Editing

Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University 2006

Office: 105 Colson Hall
Tel: 293-9704
Fax: 293-5380


  • Rhetoric
  • Professional & Technical Communication
  • Intellectual Property, Ethics, & Authorship
  • Software & Open Source Development

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Selected Publications

  • Ballentine, Brian D. (forthcoming June 2015). Textual adventures: Writing and game development in the undergraduate classroom. Computers & Composition.
  • Ballentine, Brian D. (forthcoming 2014). Procedural literacy and the future of the digital humanities. In William Hart-Davidson & Jim Ridolfo (Eds.), Rhetoric and the digital humanities. Chicago, IL: U. of Chicago Press.
  • Ballentine, Brian D. (2013). Fighting for attention: Making space for deep learning. In Randall McClure & James Purdy (Eds.), The new digital scholar (pp. 83-105). Medford, NH: American Society for Information Science and Technology.
  • Ballentine, Brian D. (2012, Oct.). High concept and design documentation: Using Prezi for undergraduate game design. Professional Communication Conference (IPCC), 2012 IEEE International, Orlando, FL (pp.1-5). DOI: 10.1109/IPCC.2012.6408632
  • Ballentine, Brian D. (2011). Couture et écriture: What the fashion industry can teach to the world of writing. In Danielle N. DeVoss, Martine Courant Rife & Shaun Slattery (Eds.), Copy(write): Intellectual property in the writing classroom (pp. 327-346). West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press.
  • Ballentine, Brian D. (2010). English and engineering, pedagogy and politics. In David Franke, Alex Reid, & Anthony Di Renzo (Eds.), Design discourse: Composing and revising programs in professional and technical writing (pp. 219-239). W. Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press.
  • Ballentine, Brian D. (2010). Requirements specifications and anticipating user needs: Methods and warnings on writing development narratives for new software. Technical Communication, 57(1), 26-43.
  • Ballentine, Brian D. (2009). In defense of obfuscation: Questioning open source and a new perspective on teaching digital literacy in the writing classroom. In Steve Westbrook (Ed.), Composition & copyright: Perspectives on teaching, text-making, and fair use (pp. 68-89). Albany, NY: SUNY Press.
  • Ballentine, Brian D. (2009, Oct.). Exploring the role(s) of ethics in the future of free culture and the need to improve pedagogical strategies for the remix student. Presented at the Free Culture Research Workshop. Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
  • Ballentine, Brian D. (2009, Jan. 19). Writing in the disciplines versus corporate workplaces: On the importance of conflicting disciplinary discourses in the open source movement and the value of IP. [Special issue on Writing Technologies and Writing Across the Curriculum] Across the Disciplines, 6.
  • Ballentine, Brian D. (2008). Professional communication and a ‘whole new mind’: Engaging with ethics, intellectual property, design, and globalization. IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication. 51(3), 328-40.
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