T. Kenny Fountain

Assistant Professor

T. Kenny Fountain

I received my PhD in Rhetoric and Scientific & Technical Communication from the University of Minnesota, focusing in visual studies of science, medicine, and technology.

Research & Teaching

My research and teaching interests—which combine rhetorical theory and history, scientific communication, and visual cultural studies—are motivated by a wish to understand how people come to see according to the frameworks provided by their professional, disciplinary, and cultural communities. More specifically, my work interrogates the role rhetorical discourses, visual displays, and embodied practices play in these processes of formal training and informal socialization. By examining contexts that include scientific and medical classrooms, professional workplaces, and public spaces of exhibition, I seek to understand the ways discourses, displays, and embodied practices shape our perceptions of the world and induce in us certain beliefs, attitudes, and actions. And I do this through ethnographic, historical, and rhetorical-phenomenological research into the interplay of objects, bodies, and practices.

My monograph, Rhetoric in the Flesh: Trained Vision, Technical Expertise, and the Gross Anatomy Lab, has been accepted for publication in Routledge’s ATTW Series in Technical and Professional Communication, with an anticipated publication date of April 2014.

I have published single-authored and co-authored work in the journals Medicine Studies and Journal of Technical Writing and Communication and the books Solving Problems in Technical Communication (eds. Johndan Johnson-Eilola and Stuart A. Selber, The University of Chicago Press, 2013) and Pluralizing Plagiarism (eds. Rebecca Moore Howard and Amy E. Robillard, Heinemann, 2008).

Since coming to CWRU, I have taught undergraduate and graduate courses in visual rhetoric, scientific and technical communication, rhetoric of science and medicine, rhetorical theory, gender and queer studies, and new media theory as well as engineering communication and science-themed composition course.


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PhD, University of Minnesota