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Brian Ballentine

Associate Professor; Interim Chair; Coordinator, Professional Writing and Editing


  • Rhetoric & Writing Pedagogy
  • Professional & Technical Communication
  • Intellectual Property, Ethics & Authorship
  • Software Development & Game Studies

Selected Publications:

  • Ballentine, Brian D. (2016). Using process model notation to map the buying and selling of complex software solutions. A qualitative study's implications for practice and pedagogy. Technical Communication, 63(3), 212-230.
  • Ballentine, Brian D. (2016). Linux on the education desktop: Bringing the 'glocal' into the technical communication classroom. In Kirk St.Amant and Madelyn Flammia (Eds.), Teaching and training for global engineering: Perspectives on culture and professional communication practices. (pp. 69-90). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons. 
  • Ballentine, Brian D. (2015). Creativity counts: Why study abroad matters to technical and professional communication. Technical Communication Quarterly, 24(4), 291-305. 
  • Ballentine, Brian D. (2015). Textual adventures: Writing and game development in the undergraduate classroom. Computers & Composition. 37, 31-43.
  • Ballentine, Brian D. (2014). Procedural literacy and the future of the digital humanities. In William Hart-Davidson & Jim Ridolfo (Eds.), Rhetoric and the digital humanities. (pp. 277-85). 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. (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, Fall). Hacker ethics & Firefox extensions: Writing and teaching the ‘grey’ areas of web 2.0.” Computers and Composition Online.
  • 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.