Loyola University Maryland

Writing Department

Allen Brizee

Associate Professor of Writing
Faculty Director for Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship
Center for Community, Service, and Justice

Allen Brizee

Allen Brizee is an Associate Professor of Writing in the Writing Department at Loyola University Maryland. Using civic engagement and service-learning, he teaches first-year writing, rhetoric, web writing, and technical writing. He also writes articles and books based on his teaching, research, and service. For this community work, he received the 2015 Faculty Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship. His article “High-Impact Civic Engagement” won a top paper award in the Civic Engagement category at the 2017 National Communication Association Convention.

Dr. Brizee's most recent work is a community-based initiative called Govans Heritage and Community Action, a digital Humanities project on the history of slavery and systemic racism in Maryland and Baltimore.

As Faculty Director for Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship in Loyola’s Center for Community, Service, and Justice, Dr. Brizee works with community members, students, staff, and faculty members to bring about positive change in Baltimore. Read more about community work at Loyola here. 


Maryland Hall 043L
Writing Department
Loyola University Maryland
4501 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21210

Phone: (410) 617-2550
Fax: (410) 617-2934 


Purdue University (2010), Ph.D. in English specializing in Rhetoric and Composition, Technical Writing, and Public Rhetorics
Virginia Tech (2003), M.A. in English specializing in Composition and Technical Writing
Virginia Tech (2000), B.A. in English specializing in Technical Writing, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Northern Virginia Community College (1998), A.S. in General Studies, Cum Laude

Courses Taught

WR100 Effective Writing, Domestic Diversity
WR220 Art of Rhetoric
WR305 Writing for the Web and Social Media, Service-Learning
WR325 Professional Writing, Service-Learning
WR326 Technical Writing, Service-Learning
WR387 Special Topics in Professional Writing: Writing for the Gaming Industry
WR402 Writing Internship, 3-credit
WR403 Writing Internship, 1-credit
GB767 Professional Communication, graduate course in the Sellinger School of Business and Management


Brizee, Allen. “What Happens When We Fail?: Developing Resilient Community-Based Research.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication vol. 50, no. 4, 2020, pp. 339-375. 
Brizee, Allen, Paola Pascual-Ferrá, and Giuliana Caranante. “High-Impact Civic Engagement:  Outcomes of Community-Based Research in Technical Writing Courses.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, vol. 50, no. 3, 2020, pp. 224-251. Top Paper Award in Civic Engagement, 2017 National Communication Association Convention. 

Read, Reason, Write: An Argument Text and Reader. 12th ed. McGraw-Hill Education, 2018. Co-authored with Dorothy U. Seyler.


"Engaged Scholarship: Using Iterative Design and Empirical Methods to Guide Community Work in Baltimore." Response to Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education 53 (2018). Invited publication.

Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education3rd ed. Apprentice House, 2016. Co-edited with Paola Pascual-Ferrá.

Partners in Literacy: A Writing Center Model for Civic Engagement. Rowman and Littlefield, July 2016. With Jaclyn M. Wells. Also available from Amazon.

“Using Isocrates to Teach Technical Communication and Civic Engagement.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication 45.2 (2015): 134-165. Single author. Peer-reviewed publication.

“Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration: Fostering Professional Communication Skills in a Graduate Accounting Certificate Program.” Across the Disciplines: A Journal of Language, Learning, and Academic Writing 11.1 (2014). With Joe Langmead. Peer-reviewed publication.

“Toward Participatory Civic Engagement: Findings and Implications of a Three-Year Community-Based Research Study.” Computers and Composition: An International Journal 32 (2014): 22-40. Single author. Peer-reviewed publication.

“Eloquentia Perfecta in a Digital Age: A New Media Legacy of Jesuit Education.” Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education 43 (2013). With Jenn Fishman. Invited publication.

“Writing Centers and Students with Disabilities: the User-Centered Approach, Participatory Design, and Empirical Research as Collaborative Methodologies.” Computers and Composition: An International Journal 29.4 (2012): 341-366. With Morgan Sousa and Dana Driscoll. Peer-reviewed publication.

“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. With Linda Bergmann and Jaclyn Wells. Peer-reviewed publication.

“Usability Research in the Writing Lab: Sustaining Discourse and Pedagogy.” Computers and Composition: An International Journal 26.2 (2009): 107-121. With Michael Salvo, Jingfang Ren, and Tammy Conard-Salvo. Peer-reviewed publication.

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

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. With Dana Driscoll, Michael Salvo, and Morgan Sousa. Peer-reviewed publication.

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. Peer-reviewed publication.

Here is a link to my professional website, which contains a PDF copy of my complete Vita.

Lucas Southworth

Lucas Southworth

This associate professor of writing encourages students to think of themselves as a community of artists