Assistant Professor of English
Arts and Communication, School of
Dr. Natalie M. Dorfeld was born and raised in Greenville, Pennsylvania, home of the parachute.
In her free time, she enjoys anything and everything involving a blatant disregard for personal safety, such as jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, surfing, and training for marathons / Ironman competitions.
She resides in Palm Bay with her wonderful husband, a plethora of cats, and a Heinz 57 mutt.
Ph.D., English: Composition & TESOL, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2007
M.A., English, Slippery Rock University, 2002
B.S., English: Writing, Slippery Rock University, 1998
B.A., Philosophy, Slippery Rock University, 1998
Recognition & Awards
Travel Grant, Academic Information Technology Committee, 2015
Safe Zone Facilitator, Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education, 2011-2012
New Directions Grant, TLC (The Learning Commons), 2010-2011
Longfellow Grant, CLA (Center for Learning & Advising), 2009-2010
Distinguished Alumni, SRU's Philosophy Department, 2007
Academic Scholarship, The Borders Group Foundation, 2003
Outstanding Graduate Student Award, SRU's English Department, 2002-2003
ASC 1000 / University Experience
COM 1000 / First Year Writing
COM 1101 / Composition & Rhetoric
COM 1102 / Writing About Literature
COM 2223 / Scientific & Technical Communication
COM 2224 / Business and Professional Writing
COM 2370 / Speech
COM 3210 and 5530 / Editing
HUM 3285 / Environmental Literature
Dr. Natalie M. Dorfeld is currently an Assistant Professor of English in the School of Arts and Communication at the Florida Institute of Technology.
She has taught American literature, creative writing, business writing, public speaking, and ESL classes at Thiel College and Penn State University (Shenango).
Additionally, she works as a freelance writer for Salem Press and serves as an advisory board member for Wadsworth Publishing and Pearson / Allyn & Bacon Publishing.
Volunteer, Writers’ Den
Member, Wellness Committee
Advanced Placement Reader, ETS
Committee Member, Creative Writing Institute
Advisor, Fencing Club, Rotaract Club, and Sigma Tau Gamma
Volunteer, Therapy Dogs Incorporated / Scott Center for Autism Treatment
Dr. Natalie M. Dorfeld is gleefully dismembering her doctoral dissertation -- Broke, Bohemian, and Burned Out: An In-Depth Analysis of the Adjunct Lifestyle – into bite-sized book chapters. The research focuses on the growing, and often detrimental, reliance on adjunct professors in the humanities, composition studies in particular.
In addition to contingent labor issues, her interests include ESL pedagogies, Writing Center theory, and the implementation of electronic media in the classroom.
She also dabbles in poetry, which is often dark and sarcastic, much like her soul.
Curriculum vitae available upon request.