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Dawn Armfield




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Dawn M. Armfield

Assistant Professor

B.A., English, Northern Arizona University
M.A., English with emphasis in Literacy, Technology, and Professional Writing, Northern Arizona University
Ph.D., Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication, University of Minnesota

Technical Communication, Visual Rhetorics & Communication, Science Communication, Digital Literacy,  Rhetorical Theory, Methodology, e-Learning & Online Collaborative Learning

301-D Dunkle Hall


Dawn M. Armfield joined the English Department at Frostburg State University in 2013 after earning her PhD in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication at the University of Minnesota earlier that year.

Prior to joining the FSU English Department, Dawn taught technical communication, visual communication, first-year writing, and web development at various institutions, worked as an Instructional Technologist in the e-Learning Center at Northern Arizona University, as a Systems Analyst at Coconino Community College, and as a web developer freelancing and for various employers. She has been very active in the rhetoric and technical communication academic communities, having been on the Technology Task Force for the Rhetoric Society of America (RSA), the Writing Research Committee and a Conference Proposal Reviewer for the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW), and is currently Co-Manager of Communications on the board of the Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication (SIGDOC) to develop more connections within the technical communication community. She is also the Conference Program Chair for SIGDOC's 2015 conference in Limerick, Ireland.

In 2014 Dr. Armfield co-authored a book chapter, Online Collaboration & Social Networking, in the book Media Rich Instruction:Connecting Curriculum to all Learners. She currently has other publications in press.

Outside of teaching and scholarship, Dawn is an active photographer and intrepid traveler, as well as active in social media. You can find her on Google+ at, Twitter at, Flickr at and on her own website at