Dawn M. Armfield, Ph.D.

Associate Professor | Technical Communication

Address: 201H Armstrong Hall (AH 201H)
Phone: 507-389-5511
Email: dawn.armfield@mnsu.edu


  • Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication from the University of Minnesota
  • M.A. in English from Northern Arizona University
  • B.A. in English from Northern Arizona University


Dawn M. Armfield, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Technical Communication in the Department of English where she teaches usability, user experience, research methods, visual communication in technical communication, instructional design, travel writing, and prototyping. Her research focus is on human-centered design in emerging, immersive, and embodied technologies. She has published in interdisciplinary fields with emphasis in emerging technologies, visual communications, online collaborations, and educational technologies. Her most recent publication is a forthcoming co-authored chapter, “Human-centered content design in augmented reality.” Prior to becoming a professor, she was an instructional technologist, systems analyst, project manager, and web content developer.

Recent Publications:

Duin, A.H., Armfield, D., Pedersen, I. (2019). “Human-centered content design in augmented reality.” In G. Getto, J.T. Labriola, and S. Ruszkiewicz (Eds.), Context is Everything: Content Strategy in Technical Communication. London: Routledge.

Armfield, D. M., Armfield, S. W., & Sujo-Montes, L. (2019). Engaging Globally Distributed Virtual Teams Through Collaborative Environments. The Online Journal of New Horizons in Education, 9(2), 122-131. Retrieved from https://www.tojned.net/?pid=showissue&volume=9&issue=2.

Armfield, D.M., Hill Duin, A., Pedersen, I. (2019) Immersive Content in Technical Communication: A Journey Mindset. Intercom, Vol. 66, Issue 1.

Armfield, D. M. (Fall 2018). Book Review [Review of the book Deadly Documents: Technical Communication, Organizational Discourse, and the Holocaust, by Mark Ward, Sr.]. Programmatic Perspectives, 10(2), 125-128.

Armfield, D. and Armfield S., (2018). “The Ethical Responsibility of Technology in Education.” In R. Papa and S. Armfield (Eds.), Wiley Handbook of Education Policy. New York: NY: Wiley Handbooks in Education.

Armfield, D., Duin, A.H., and Pedersen, I., (2018). “Experiencing content: Heuristics for human-centered design for augmented reality.” International Professional Communication Conference (ProComm) Proceedings. July 25-27, 2018, Toronto, Canada. Toronto: n.p., n.d. Print.

Recent Courses Taught:

  • English 271: Technical Communication
  • English 4/566: Usability
  • English 4/571: Visual Technical Communication
  • English 673: Research and Theory in Technical Communication
  • English 4/572: Storytelling in Gaming
  • English 674: Travel Writing
  • English 676: Instructional Design in Technical Communication


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