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Dorfeld, Natalie

Associate Professor of English, School of Arts and Communication

Personal Overview

Dr. Natalie M. Dorfeld was born and raised in Greenville, Pennsylvania, home of the parachute.  

In her spare time, she enjoys nature conservation, photography, ukulele lessons, and anything involving lunacy (skydiving, downhill skiing, and longboard surfing).

She resides in Palm Bay with her wonderful husband and four-legged children.

Educational Background

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

Best in Section, 50th Annual College English Association Conference, 2019

Keynote, Contingent Faculty Caucus │ College English Association, 2018

Editorial Board, Forum: Issues about Part-Time and Contingent Faculty, 2017-2021

Travel Grant, Academic Information Technology Committee, 2015

East-West Center Asian Studies Development Program Grant, Summer Institute, 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  

Current Courses

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 1001 / Environmental Writing

HUM 3285 / Environmental Literature

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Florida Tech in 2012, she taught at several schools in northwestern Pennsylvania, including Pennsylvania State University (Shenango), Thiel College, and Clarion University (Venango).

She is currently an Associate Professor of English in the School of Arts and Communication at Florida Institute of Technology.

Freshman English (1101 and 1102) is her forte, but she often branches out to Scientific & Technical Communication, Speech, and Environmental Writing, which is her all-time favorite.

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.

Additional Duties

Wellness Committee

Volunteer, Writers’ Den

Creative Writing Institute

Advanced Placement Reader, ETS

FITAST Committee (Asian Studies)

Academic Information Technology Committee (ACITC)

Thesis, Dissertation, and DRP Committees (Outside Reader)

Advisor, Fencing Club, Rotaract Club, and Sigma Tau Gamma 

COPLA Mentoring Program / COPLA Faculty Development Committee

Current Research

The bulk of her research focuses on contingent labor issues. It examines the growing, and often detrimental, reliance on adjunct professors in the humanities, composition studies in particular.

Further interests include L2 pedagogies, Writing Center theory, multiple intelligences, human-animal studies, and the implementation of electronic media in the classroom.

She also dabbles in poetry, which is often dark and sarcastic, much like her soul.

Selected Publications

Curriculum vitae available upon request.