Fred Kemp


Office: GSR 1.112H
Phone: (210) 458-5393
Email: Fred Kemp
Skype Handle: fredokemp

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Dr. Kemp received his Masters in 1984 in creative writing at Texas A&M Commerce (then called East Texas State University) and his Doctorate in 1988 at the University of Texas, Austin, in Rhetoric and Composition with an emphasis in computer-based writing instruction. For 25 years he was a tenure-track and tenured professor at Texas Tech University, working primarily with the rhetoric group and then with the nationally recognized Technical Communication and Rhetoric onsite and online doctoral program. For the decade between 1992 and 2002 he directed Texas Tech’s first-year composition program and was afterwards instrumental in moving the entire first-year program to hybrid instruction and digital turn-in and grading, developing program-wide software that eventually became “RaiderWriter.”

His articles and conference presentations since 1986 have focused primarily on computer and network-based processes for teaching writing, as have the 16 dissertations he has directed over the years. For three years he was the director of the “7C’s” (“The Committee on Computers and Composition for the Conference of College Composition and Communication”). He was a founding member (1988) and president of The Daedalus Group, Inc., a group of some 13 professors and graduate students at the University of Texas who produced DIWE (The Daedalus Integrated Writing Environment), the very first (he believes) course management software for writing instruction. 

His research and teaching emphases remain computer-based methods for improving composition, pedagogical theory, and literacy issues. Since his wife is Assistant Dean of Libraries at UTSA, he has retired from his position at Texas Tech and now finds himself in the delightful position of once again teaching first-year composition.