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About Doug Brent

Professional information:

I am an emeritus professor in the Department of Communication, Media and Film at the University of Calgary.  My teaching and research centre on rhetoric and writing studies with a particular interest in pedagogy. 

In past lives, I have been director of the University of Calgary's Writing Program (now moved to the Student Success Centre) and the Undergraduate Program in Communications Studies, and until recently the Associate Dean (Academic) of the Faculty of Communication and Culture (now amalgamated into the Faculty of Arts). From September 2014 to May 2015 I was a visiting professor in the Department of English at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, teaching undergraduate courses in Advanced Composition and graduate courses in Teaching Writing and Research Methods.

My most recent research has included articles on learning transfer from the university to the workplace and teaching the research paper. You can read some of my published work by following the Doug Brent's Articles link.

Personal information:

I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with my wife, Diana Brent.  Diana (dlbrent@telus.net) is now retired from teaching adaptive technology for visually impaired students for the Calgary School Board, although she still teaches on a contract basis from time to time, and also works as a contract trainer for adaptive technology.  We have two children and three grandchildren. Now that we are retired, we have joined the snowbird set and spend as much of the winter as possible in Arizona, not shovelling snow.