Dr. Dana C. Gierdowski is a Teaching Assistant Professor of Composition and Rhetoric at North Carolina State University, where she teaches first-year, advanced undergraduate, and graduate courses in Composition & Rhetoric. In her current administrative role as the Assistant Director of Digital Learning and Faculty Development in the First-Year Writing Program, she coordinates professional development programming for faculty and manages instructor support for the program’s hybrid and online courses. Before taking her position at NC State, Dana served as the Senior Program Coordinator for the Writing Excellence Initiative at Elon University, where she directed projects for the Writing Center and the Writing Across the University program. She has also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition and Rhetoric at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, As a doctoral student at NC State, she oversaw the design and implementation of the First-Year Writing Program’s “flexible” writing classrooms.
In her ethnographic and mix-methods research she explores how innovative learning spaces impact the communication and writing of students and instructors. Her work has appeared in the edited collections Writing Studio Pedagogy: Space, Place, and Rhetoric in Collaborative Environments (Rowman & Little, 2017), Making Space: Writing Instruction, Infrastructure, and Multiliteracies (University of Michigan Press Sweetland, 2016), Cases on Higher Education Spaces, Sustainable Learning Spaces (IGI Global, 2014) and in the journals Library Hi Tech (2015) and Computers and Composition (2013).