Ph.D. in English (emphasis in Rhetoric), University of Texas at Austin, TX, 2016.
M.A. in English (emphasis in Rhetoric), University of Texas at Austin, TX, 2011.
B.A. in English with Honors, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2009.
Current Academic Positions
Assistant Professor of Technical Communication and Rhetoric, Department of English, Texas Tech University. 2016-Present.
Director, Media Lab, Department of English, Texas Tech University. 2017-Present.
Prior Academic Positions
Assistant Instructor, Department of Rhetoric and Writing, University of Texas at Austin. 2011-2016.
Assistant Director, Digital Writing and Research Lab, University of Texas at Austin. 2013-2015.
Association of Rhetoric & Writing Studies, 2018-Present.
Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition, 2017-Present.
Modern Language Association, 2016-Present.
National Council of Teachers of English, 2009-Present.
Rhetoric Society of America, Lifetime Member, 2008-Present.
Reinventing (with) Theory in Rhetoric and Writing Studies. Eds. Andrea Alden, Kendall Gerdes, Judy Holiday, and Ryan Skinnell. University Press of Colorado/Utah State University Press. In press production.
“Trauma, Trigger Warnings, and the Rhetoric of Sensitivity.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly. Forthcoming 2019. https://doi.org/10.1080/02773945.2018.1479767
“Forty Years and More: Reminiscences with Sharon Crowley.” Interview with Sharon Crowley, by Andrea Alden, Kendall Gerdes, Judy Holiday, and Ryan Skinnell. Composition Forum. 37 (Fall 2017). http://compositionforum.com/issue/37/sharon-crowley-interview.php
“Habit-Forming: Humility and the Rhetoric of Drugs.” Philosophy and Rhetoric. 48.3 (Fall 2015): 337-359. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/philrhet.48.3.0337
“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
“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 2013. Eds. Steve Parks, Brian Bailie, Heather Christiansen, Elisabeth Miller, and Morris Young. Anderson, South Carolina: Parlor Press, 2015. 224-279.
“Rhetorical Futurity, or Desiring Theory.” Reinventing (with) Theory in Rhetoric and Writing Studies: Essays in Honor of Sharon Crowley. Eds. Andrea Alden, Kendall Gerdes, Judy Holiday, and Ryan Skinnell. University Press of Colorado/Utah State University Press. In press production.
“Response to The Pitfalls of (Over)Professionalizing.” What We Wish We’d Known: Negotiating Graduate School. Eds. Ryan Skinnell, Judy Holiday, and Christine Vassett. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press, 2015. 195-197.
“Animal Autobiography.” Interstitial: A Journal of Modern Culture and Events. (2014): n. pag. Web. http://interstitialjournal.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/flash-theory-gerdes1.pdf
Academic Book Reviews
Rev. of Conflict is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair by Sarah Schulman (2016). QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking. Forthcoming.
Rev. of Reclaiming Queer: Activist and Academic Rhetorics of Resistance by Erin Rand (2014). QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking. 3.1 (2016): 163-165.
Rev. of Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal by J. Jack Halberstam (2012). E3W Review of Books 13 (Spring 2013): 79-80.
Non Peer-Reviewed Publications
“The Mt. Oread Manifesto on Rhetorical Education.”* Rhetoric Society Quarterly. 44.1 (2014): 1-5. (*cited in publication as a contributor)
“The Visual (After)life of Infinite Jest.” viz.: Visual Rhetoric – Visual Culture – Pedagogy. The Digital Writing and Research Lab. 5 April 2012. Web. http://viz.dwrl.utexas.edu/content/visual-afterlife-infinite-jest
“A Sensitive Rhetoric: On Harm and Consent in University Sexual Harassment Policies.” The University and Micro-dynamics of Institutional Life. Colchester, Essex, UK. December 2018.
“Mattering Theory: On Rhetorical Futurity.” Watson Conference. Louisville, KY. October 2018.
“Inventing Rhetorical Assessment: The Promise of the Learning Record.” Association of Rhetoric and Writing Studies. Austin, TX. October 2018.
“Disidentification, Twine Games, and Queer Solidarity.” Rhetoric Society of America. Minneapolis, MN. June 2018.
“Twisted Together: Twine Games and Solidarity.” Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Dayton, OH. October 2017.
“Toward a More Ethical Writing Assessment: Cultivating Risk, Range, and Reflection with the Learning Record.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Portland, OR. March 2017.
“Sensitive Students: Trigger Warnings and Rhetorical Trauma.” Modern Language Association. Philadelphia, PA. January 2017.
“Rhetorical Trauma: Trigger Warnings and Sensitive Students.” Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Conference. New York. October 2016.
“What Can Rhetoricity Do? A Roundtable.” Rhetoric Society of America. Atlanta, GA. May 2016.
Awards and Honors
James L. Kinneavy Prize for Scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition, Department of Rhetoric and Writing, University of Texas at Austin. 2015-2016.
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.
Teaching Innovation Award, College of Arts & Sciences, Texas Tech University. 2018.
Lawrence Schovanec Teaching Development Scholarship, Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center, Texas Tech University. 2017.
Maxine Hairston Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Rhetoric and Writing, University of Texas at Austin. 2013-2014.
Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program, Junior Scholar Nomination received from Texas Tech University, $200,000. Fall 2019, pending.
Texas Tech University Office of Research and Innovation Faculty International Travel Grant, $1500. Spring 2019, accepted.
Texas Tech University Scholarship Catalyst Program, $1800. Spring 2019, accepted.
Humanities Center Summer Travel Grant, Texas Tech University, $1000. Summer 2018, accepted.
Ethics Center, Texas Tech University, Travel Stipend, $500. Fall 2017, accepted.
Texas Tech University
ENGL 5390 Writing for Publication. (Summer 2018)
ENGL 5361 Introduction to Rhetorical Theory. (Fall 2017, Fall 2018)
ENGL 4360 Studies in Composition: Weird Videogames. (Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018)
ENGL 5377 Failed Rhetorical Agents: Rhetoric and Posthumanism. (Summer 2017)
ENGL 5364 History of Rhetoric: Sophistic Rhetorics. (Spring 2017, Spring 2018)
ENGL 3365 Professional Report Writing. (Fall 2016, 2 sections; Spring 2017)
University of Texas at Austin
RHE 310 Intermediate Expository Prose: “Rhetoric and Prose Style.” (Spring 2015)
RHE 309K Topics in Rhetoric: “Rhetoric of Failure.” (Fall 2013)
RHE 306 Rhetoric and Writing. (Fall 2011, Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013)
Raider Rhetoric RSA Student Chapter, Faculty Cosponsor, 2018-Present.
Mentor Tech, 2017-2018.
Governing Board Member, Rhetoric Society of America. 2012-2013.
Reviewer for Peitho Journal, 2017.
Reviewer for TheJUMP: The Journal of Undergraduate Multimedia Projects, 2014, 2018. http://jump.dwrl.utexas.edu/
LGBTQ Awards Selection Committee, Conference on College Composition and Communication. 2016.
Reviewer for Rhetoric Society of America Conference. 2014-2016.
Reviewer for Conference on College Composition and Communication. 2015-2016.
Department of English Recruitment Committee. 2018-Present.
Department of English Technology Committee. 2017-Present.
Technical Communication and Rhetoric Hiring Committee. 2017-2018.
KTTZ-FM Lubbock Promo for TTU Arts & Sciences. October 23, 2017. http://kendallgerdes.com/wp/arts-sciences-radio-spot/
“The Exemplary Sharon Crowley.” Rhetoricity. Eric Detweiler, April 9, 2015. http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/rhetoricity/e/37903258
“Episode 25: The Pod(cast) People Speak.” This Rhetorical Life. November 14, 2014. http://thisrhetoricallife.syr.edu/episode-25-the-podcast-people-speak/
Other Professional Activities
Women’s Faculty Writing Program, Texas Tech University, 2018-Present.
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Inclusive Excellence, Texas Tech University, 2017-2018.
“Rhetoric and Sensation” Seminar. Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute. Madison, WI. 2015.
“Rhetoric Between Communication and English” Seminar. Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute. Lawrence, KS. 2013.
“Queer Activism” Workshop. Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute. Lawrence, KS. 2013.