Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department

Allen Brizee

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Assistant Professor of Writing
Internship Coordinator

Humanities 250-KPicture of Allen Brizee
410-617-2934 (fax)

I am an Assistant Professor of Writing in the Department of Writing at Loyola University Maryland. I am also the department's Internship Coordinator. I teach courses in first-year writing (WR100), professional and technical writing (WR325, WR326), rhetoric (WR220), web writing (WR305), and I teach the Writing Internship courses (WR402, WR403). I have also taught a graduate course in professional communication (GB767) in the Sellinger School of Business and Management. For more information on my teaching, research, and for course material, please visit my professional website here. Select this link to view my Vita in PDF.


I use a mixture of rhetorical theories, technology, empirical research, and civic engagement to teach writing. In my classes, you will learn how rhetoric and writing intersect with the Internet and social networking technologies, as well as traditional communication, such as print media. You will also learn how these forms of communication will help you conduct research and reflect on your work so you can engage with our civic and business communities to bring about positive change. Click here for more information on my teaching.


My research focuses on developing sustained, mutually-beneficial college-community partnerships. To foster this collaboration, I use empirical methods (qualitative and quantitative) to work closely with community members in developing, assessing, and revising outreach projects. I also conduct usability research dealing with human-technology interaction and participatory design. My research informs my teaching and helps me connect students with their communities. Click here for more information on my research.


  • PhD in English: Rhetoric and Composition, Professional Writing, and Public Rhetorics, Purdue University, 2010
  • MA in English: Composition and Professional Writing, Virginia Tech, 2003
  • BA in English: Professional Writing, Virginia Tech, 2000
  • AS in General Studies, Northern Virginia Community College, 1996

Selected Projects and Publications

“Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration: Fostering Professional Communication Skills in a Graduate Accounting Certificate Program.” Forthcoming from Across the Disciplines. Co-author.

“Toward Participatory Civic Engagement: Findings and Implications of a Three-Year Community-Based Research Study.” Forthcoming in June from Computers and Composition, 2014. Single author.

“From Class to Community: EP 2.0 and the New Media Legacy of Jesuit Education.” Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education 43, 2013. Co-author.

Cover of Collaborative Futures"The Engaged Dissertation: Three Points of View," in Collaborative Futures: Critical Reflections on Publicly Active Graduate Education. Syracuse, NY: Graduate School Press, Syracuse U, 2012. Co-author.

"Writing Centers and Students with Disabilities: the User-Centered Approach, Participatory Design, and Empirical Research as Collaborative Methodologies." Computers and Composition 29.4 (2012): 341-366. Co-author.

Purdue OWL Engagement, 2010. Co-author.

"Usability Research in the Writing Lab: Sustaining Discourse and Pedagogy." Computers and Composition 26.2 (2009): 107-121. Co-author.

"Stasis Theory as a Strategy for Workplace Teaming and Decision Making." Journal of Technical Writing and Communication (JTWC) 38.4 (2008): 363-385. Nominated for the 2009 NCTE Scientific and Technical Communication Award. Single author. 

Cover of Virtual Worksplaces"Usability Research and User-Centered Theory for 21st Century OWLs" in The Handbook of Research on Virtual Workplaces and the New Nature of Business Practices. Hershey, PA: Idea Group Publishing, 2008. Co-author.

Review of Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance by Jim Thatcher et al. Technical Communication, Journal of the Society for Technical Communication 54.2 (2007): 254-256. Single author.

Purdue OWL Usability Research Project, 2007. Co-author.