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Brenda L Maxey-Billings

Associate Instructor

English | College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Composition, Rhetoric, Technical and Business Writing, Critical Reading, New Media, Literature, Literary Theory (The Uncanny)


Ph.D. coursework in English, literary theory, and composition/rhetoric (University of Florida)

M.A. English (University of North Florida)

B.A. English (Mathematics minor), University of North Florida


With a personal history that weaves through literature, mathematics, psychology, business, and computer sciences, I've found common threads of language, code, analysis, and problem-solving.  For me, English ties all these threads together, demanding, as it does, close attention to both compositional and de-compositional processes. The field also compels inexhaustible intrigue through certain "problematic" issues that exert subtle yet powerful influences on both academic and professional texts -- subjectivity, media transformations, textual performativity, and literary uncanniness. As Derrida suggests, "Inside language, there is a terror, soft, discreet, or glaring: that is our subject."


 My pedagogy reflects my research interests. I teach a variety of English courses, focusing on a wide range of texts (including new media and film). Though their specific objectives differ, all my courses share certain general features. In particular, they focus on ways to critically read text; explorations of how, why, and to what ends textual features function; and skills to translate understanding into effective communication.


Outstanding Teaching Award
University Writing Program, University of Florida

Excellence in diverse fields of study (English and Mathematics)
Dean Willard O. Ash Award, University of North Florida



CCCC: Conference on College Composition and Communication

NCTE: National Council of Teachers of English

MLA: Modern Language Association

Publications & Presentations

2011: "One Hour to Writing Power" (Presentation). United States Ombudsman National Conference. Jacksonville, Florida.

2010: Your Writing, Your Business. (co-authored with Linda Howell). Fountainhead Press. Southlake, Texas.  ISBN: 978-1-59871-427-2.

May 2010: "Lost and the Uncanny"
UNF Lost Series Finale Academic Roundtable - Jacksonville, Florida.

2007: Contributor, Technical Communication in the 21st Century. Online Case Studies. (Textbook authored by Sid I. Dobrin, Christopher J. Keller, and Christian R. Weisser). Prentice Education, Inc. New Jersey: 2008.

2005: "A Rhizomatic Wisdom Project."
(A webproject co-authored with Kate Casey-Sawicki, Lindsey Collins, and Cathlena Martin). Hyperrhiz.Net (New Media Cultures) . Project located at .

Contact Information

(904) 620-2273


Office Hours

Variable by Term