About Me

I am a Professor of English at Lord Fairfax Community College (Middletown, VA).  Since 1998, I have taught more than 6,000 students in a wide variety of English courses:  American Literature.  Major American Writers.  Southern Literature.  Appalachian Literature.  Virginia Writers.  Creative Writing.  College Composition.  Technical Writing.  Memoir Writing.  Developmental English.    Brent L. Kendrick

My students applaud my enthusiastic, passionate, and energetic teaching style.  One commented, “Dr. Kendrick could excite a stone to write.”  Another said, “He is emotionally attached to his subject, and it shows all over his face.  This makes me want to learn more and achieve the same happiness I see in him.”

I have been involved extensively in the Virginia Community College System’s redesign of developmental education.  I was a member of the Developmental Math Redesign Team; a member of the Developmental English Redesign Team, serving as chair of the Structure Subcommittee; co-chair of the Developmental English Curriculum Team; co-chair of the Developmental English Campus Implementation Leads; and a member of the Virginia Placement Team-English.

In 2008, the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) named me one of the top twelve educators in the Commonwealth, the highest honor for faculty at Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities.  In 2010, I was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.  In 2012, I was awarded a Chancellor’s Faculty Professorship for 2012-2014. In 2016, I received the first Susan S. Wood Professorship for Teaching Excellence.

I am humbled by to have received such prestigious rewards, but I also love the awards that come daily—in my classes when students tell me that they “got it,” in my e-mails when students drop me a note just to say “thanks,” or when they see things in me and my classes that I don’t see myself.

Before joining the faculty at Lord Fairfax Community College, I worked for a quarter of a century at the Library of Congress and received that institution’s highest award for Distinguished Service.

The son of a West Virginia coal miner, I am the first in my family to go to college.  I earned my B.A. (cum laude) at Alderson Broaddus College (Philippi, WV) and my Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina.

My publications include the book-length study The Infant Sphinx:  Collected Letters of Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1985).

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  2. I was looking for some blank paper and picked up an old ruled notebook from my LFCC classes. All the course subjects had been torn out long ago…except yours. I reviewed my entire Eng Lit course notes, where I came across one of my very favorite quotes.
    “It is very easy to string intelligent words together to say how things should be done. The hard part is to live by those words.”
    October 30, 2002
    A timeless, and universal quote that I have used more than once.
    You were instrumental in my success as a published (PAID- rare for us) RN writer, and I thank you for it.
    Like you, I am also retired after a glorious 45 year career.
    I wish you all good things.


    • Pat,

      I can’t begin to tell you what a joy it is to hear from you after all these years!

      It goes without saying that I am thrilled that you kept my comment and that it is immortalized here!

      More, however, I am so pleased that the comment has meant so much to you down through the years.

      You may not believe it, but I remember you well. Here’s proof! You were in my ENG 241 class–Survey of American Literature I. You will recall, I am sure, when we were discussing the friction between John Winthrop and Anne Hutchinson. We were reading a passage from his journal where he commented that “She brought forth not one, but thirty monstrous births or thereabouts.”

      I challenged the class to find out the medical name of her condition. Either on the spot or at our next class meeting, you informed us that her condition was a rare one called a HIDATIDIFORM MOLE. Year after year I have credited you! I am so glad to have the opportunity to thank you once again!

      I am so happy that you are paid and published! Bravo!

      Thanks, Pat, for reaching out to me as you have done. It has made my day! Be blessed!


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