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C. Scott Satterwhite


C. Scott Satterwhite, instructor, teaches composition, rhetoric, public writing and literature.

Satterwhite’s main focus is writing and rhetoric, but his interests go further than English composition, studying the connections between anti-slavery poetry of the Romantic era, slave narratives and abolitionist poetry within the context of the 21st century composition and rhetoric classroom. He also takes special interest in small print publications, in particular poetry chapbooks, punk rock zines and other related forms of alternative media.

His passion for understanding the ways in which writers impact history has inspired him to write articles that have historical significance to the Pensacola community, both for academic journals and popular publications. For example, “Drive for the Drive: Leroy Boyd and the Renaming of MLK Drive,” a story published in INWeekly, retells Boyd’s efforts to rename Pensacola’s Alcaniz Street to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in the 1990s. Another article for INWeekly offers a history of the Pensacola punk rock scene from the 1970s to present. He also wrote for the academic journal Literature Compass on the Romantic-era pamphleteer/poet George Dyer and for a forthcoming issue of the Florida Historical Quarterly on the 1970s underground press in Pensacola, which he hopes to turn into a book.

In addition to his writing, Satterwhite has given presentations at national and international conferences, including “Rhetoric of Prison Reform in 18th Century English Political Pamphlets” at the 2015 Canadian Congress of the Humanities in Ottawa, Canada. He also presented “Awake! Arise! Avenge!”: Robert Southey and the Creation of Negro Fort” at the Robert Southey and Romanticism Conference, in Keswick, United Kingdom, as well as the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism Conference in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

Satterwhite, a veteran and instructor in the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps, was one of six Pensacola veterans whose stories of life in the military and the transition to civilian life was featured in the Florida Humanities Council’s “Telling: Pensacola.” In addition, he has led “Talking Service,” a program also sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council, that encourages local veterans to explore the complexities of military service through literature. He also helped to establish the Prison Book Project--a nonprofit organization that sends books and promotes literacy to prisoners across Florida--which he is an active volunteer.

Degrees & Institutions

He received a bachelor’s degree in history, with a specialization in gender and diversity studies and a minor in English, as well as master’s degrees in English and history, all from UWF.