Dr. Kendall Gerdes's research interests include rhetorical theory, feminist and queer theory, digital rhetoric, composition theory, and pedagogy. She has taught graduate courses on rhetorical theory, posthumanism, and the history of rhetoric, and her undergraduate courses include a composition class focused on rhetoric and videogames.
Dr. Gerdes is currently working on a book about rhetorical theory, academic freedom, and campus activism. She is also coeditor of a volume of essays in honor of Sharon Crowley, with Andrea Alden, Judy Holiday, and Ryan Skinnell, entitled Reinventing (with) Theory in Rhetoric and Writing Studies (2019). Dr. Gerdes previously served a two-year term on the Rhetoric Society of America Governing Board. Her writing has appeared in Philosophy & Rhetoric, Transgender Studies Quarterly, Kairos, and QED: A Journal of Queer Worldmaking.
- Gerdes, Kendall. "Trauma, Trigger Warnings, and the Rhetoric of Sensitivity." Rhetoric Society Quarterly. Forthcoming 2019. https://doi.org/10.1080/02773945.2018.1479767
- Gerdes, Kendall, with others. "Forty Years and More: Reminiscences with Sharon Crowley."
Interview with Sharon Crowley. Composition Forum, vol. 37, Fall 2017.
- Gerdes, Kendall. "Habit-Forming: Humility and the Rhetoric of Drugs." Philosophy and Rhetoric. 48.3 (Fall 2015): 338-359.
- Gerdes, Kendall. "Performativity." Transgender Studies Quarterly 1.1/1.2 (Spring 2014): 148-150. Spec. issue Postposttranssexual: Key Concepts for a 21st Century Transgender Studies. Eds. Susan Stryker and Paisley Currah. http://tsq.dukejournals.org/content/1/1-2/148.full
- Gerdes, Kendall, with others. "Crossing Battle Lines: Teaching Multimodal Literacies
Through Alternate Reality Games."* Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. 17.3 (2013): n. pag. Spec. issue on Multimodal Research Within/Across/Without Borders. With others. Ed. Karen Lunsford. Web. http://technorhetoric.net/17.3/praxis/nelson-et-al/index.html
- *Reprinted in Best of the Independent Journals in Rhetoric and Composition 2014. Eds. Steve Parks, Brian Bailie, Heather Christiansen, Elisabeth Miller, and Morris Young. Anderson, South Carolina: Parlor Press, 2015. 224-279.
- Teaching Innovation Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Texas Tech University. 2018.
- Ethics Center Travel Stipend, Texas Tech University. 2017.
- Lawrence Schovanec Teaching Development Scholarship, Texas Tech University, 2017.
- James L. Kinneavy Prize for Scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition, Department of Rhetoric and Writing, University of Texas at Austin. 2015-2016.
- Maxine Hairston Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Rhetoric and Writing, University of Texas at Austin. 2013-2014.
- Gloria Anzaldúa Rhetorician Award, Conference on College Composition and Communication. 2014.
- Best Webtext Award for "Crossing Battle Lines: Teaching Multimodal Literacies through Alternate Reality Games," Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology and Pedagogy. 2014.