Pearce Durst


Assistant Professor

Rhetoric and Composition

University of Montevallo




about me

I am a dedicated rhetorician with a passion for digital literacy. I work as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Montevallo. I teach courses specializing in digital rhetoric, multimodal composition, and introductory and advanced composition.

My training began in 2002 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. While completing my undergraduate and graduate degrees, I became fascinated with rhetorical theory and its application in a digital society. Since receiving my PhD from Washington State University in 2012, I have taught the art of rhetoric through the lens of digital technology and culture, technical and professional writing, multimedia authoring, as well as more traditional forms of composition.

My passion for understanding the shift from print literacy to digital literacy continues to compel my research, writing, and teaching. I find it true that, in the words of Kenneth Burke, rhetoric "must lead us through the Scramble, the Wrangle of the Market Place, the flurries and flare-ups of the Human Barnyard, the Give and Take, the wavering line of pressure and counterpressure, the Logomachy, the onus of ownership, the War of Nerves, the War .... Rhetoric is concerned with the state of Babel after the Fall."