Faculty and Staff

Brenden, Mark

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Mark Brenden

Assistant Professor

Start Year: 2023

Office: 254 Kleinpell Fine Arts
Phone: 715-425-3198



Ph.D. in Writing Studies, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, 2023 
M.A. in English, South Dakota State University, 2015 
B.A. in English, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, 2011 

Research Interests:

Mark’s research fits broadly into the discipline of Rhetoric and Composition, and specifically explores the uses of literacy in changing technological, cultural, pedagogical, professional, and creative contexts. His work has appeared in Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Language, Literature, and Culture (Duke University Press, 2023), The Minnesota Writing and English Journal (2023), as well as various edited collections such as The Twenty-First Century Western (Lexington Books, 2020). Works in progress include an essay on agonistic rhetorics in writing pedagogy, as well as an interview-based exploration into the fading literacy work of typewriter repairers. At UWRF, he teaches a variety of writing courses, including the Practicum for Peer Tutoring and Writing Instruction, Cyberliteracy, Technical Writing, Editing, and Rhetorical Theory. 

Mark is an emotionally invested follower of the Minnesota Twins. He collects (and uses!) manual typewriters. He listens to old folk and country music. Lefse is his favorite food.