J. Blake Scott is a Professor and Director of Writing and Rhetoric Degree Programs at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He has published four books and dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles. His research interests include rhetoric of health and medicine, rhetorical history and theory, theory and teaching of composition, and professional and technical communication.
Blake Scott came to the UCF in 2002, having previously taught at the University of Florida, Penn State University, and the University of Oklahoma. When UCF created the Department of Writing and Rhetoric in 2010, he became its Associate Chair and Director of Degree Programs. He teaches a wide array of rhetoric and writing courses in the Writing and Rhetoric program and in the College of Arts and Humanities’ Texts & Technology program. Among other honors, he was awarded UCF’s CAH Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award in 2011.
Scott’s research in professional/technical communication and the rhetorics of biotechnology aims to develop models of cultural critique and civic engagement. In the former area, he has drawn on theories of cultural circulation and user-centered design to develop more responsive and sustainable forms of service-learning. His book Risky Rhetoric merges Foucaultian and classical rhetorical theory to critique and propose public health policy around HIV testing and HIV prevention more broadly.
His current research project mobilizes globalization theory to analyze global risk conflicts about pharmaceutical access and regulation. Scott’s research on HIV/AIDS issues is connected to his community service, which includes his work on the Orlando EMA HIV Services Planning Council, the community planning body for the millions of dollars in federal Ryan White Modernization Act funding that comes to the four-county area surrounding Orlando. At UCF, he also works on university-wide service-learning efforts and advocates for faculty as part of UCF’s grievance committee.