Introduction

Brian_Ballentine_PortraitBefore coming to West Virginia, I was serving as the director of Technical Communication at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. In the Fall of 2007, I joined the English Department at WVU as an assistant professor and the coordinator for their Professional Writing and Editing Program. I was promoted to associate professor in 2012 and as of 2013 I serve as the associate chair for the department.

Prior to completing my Ph.D., I was a senior software engineer for Philips Medical Systems (formerly Picker and then Marconi Medical Systems) designing user-interfaces for web-based radiology applications and specializing in human computer interaction. This past work experience ties to my current research interests which include professional and technical communication, intersections of rhetoric and technology including the digital humanities, intellectual property and authorship, and code/software and open source development.