Dawn Opel

Dawn Opel

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Service Activities

Assistant Editor, Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology and Pedagogy, 2014-present.

Digital Humanities Project Intern, Professor Eric Wertheimer, 2014-2015.

Institutional Service (Arizona State University)

Member, Organizing Committee, Feminisms and Rhetorics Biennial Conference, 2014-present.

Member, Institute for Humanities Research Nexus Lab Board of Directors, 2014-present.

Member, THATCamp Southwest “Unconference” Planning Committee, 2013-2014.

Member, Committee to Facilitate Transition to Digication CMS, ASU Writing Programs, 2014.           

• Teaching Assistant Representative, ASU Writing Programs Committee, 2013-2014.

• Vice President and President, Graduate Scholars of English Association, 2012-2015.

• Co-chair, ASU Rhetoric and Composition Program Colloquium, 2013-2014.

• Secretary, Rhetoric Society of America Chapter, RSA@ASU, 2012-2013.

Regional and National Professional Service

Member, WPA-GO Grants and Awards Committee, 2014-2015.

Member, Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts Advisory Board, 2014-2016.

• Digital Archivist, Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop, 2014.

• Social Media Coordinator, THATCamp Southwest “Unconference,” 2014.

• Proposal Reviewer, Association of Internet Researchers Conference IR15, 2014.

• Session Chair, ASU Composition Conference, 2014.

• Session Chair, Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts, 2013.

• Roundtable Facilitator and Symposium Volunteer, Arizona State University Public Literacies

  Symposium, 2013.

• Session Chair, 18th Annual Southwest English Symposium (Arizona State University), 2013.

Community Service           

Member and Co-Chair, Cultural Enrichment Committee, Tesseract School, 2013-2015.

Board Member, University of North Carolina School of the Arts Foundation Board of Directors, 2011-


• Member, Winston-Salem Symphony Association, Inc., Youth Orchestras Council, 2010-2012.

• Treasurer and Board Member, Piedmont Opera, Inc., 2002-2010.


Health and Medical Communication, Health 2.0, and e-health

Theories of New Media / Media History

Digital Humanities: Theory, Methods, and Tools

Literary Fandom and Contemporary Leisure Reading Practices in Digital Culture

User Experience and Ethical Considerations in Technical Communication

Feminist and Digital Pedagogies

Teaching Areas

Digital Literacies and New Media                                               

Professional Writing

Technical Communication

Film and Media Studies / Fan Studies                                                

Gender, Women’s, and Feminist Studies                                               

Digital Humanities in English Studies

Recent publications

Journal Article (Peer-Reviewed)

Opel, Dawn. “Self-Representation in Literary Fandom: Women's Leisure Reader Selfies as Postfeminist Performance." Transformative Works and Cultures 18 (Mar. 2015).  Web. <journal.transformativeworks.org>.

Edited Collection

Opel, Dawn. “A Writing Program’s Teachers Speak: Metacognition and the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing.” Applications of the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing: Scholarship, Theories, and Practices. Ed. Sherry Rankins-Robertson, Nicholas Behm, and Duane Roen. Parlor Press [forthcoming]

Book Review

Opel, Dawn. “Review of The Social Media Reader.” Kairos 20.1 (Fall 2015). Web. <http:kairos.technorhetoric.net>.

Conference Proceedings

Opel, Dawn. “Social Justice in Technologies of Prenatal Care: Toward a User Centered Approach to Technical Communication in Home Pregnancy Testing.” SIGDOC 2014 Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference on Design of Communication (ACM, 2014).



2014            Best Graduate Student Paper Award, ACM SIGDOC (Special Interest Group on Design of Communication) Annual Conference.

2014            Named Scholar, HASTAC Scholars Program.

2014            Tuition Scholarship, Digital Humanities Summer Institute.

2014            University Graduate Fellowship, ASU Department of English.

2014            Graduate Student Travel Award, Society of Comparative Literature and the Arts.

2014            Graduate Student Travel Award, ASU Graduate and Professional Student Association.

2012            Graduate Fellowship, Arizona State University Department of English.

2012            Dorothy J. Gilbert Post-Graduate Award, Guilford College Department of English.           

2011            Dorothy J. Gilbert Conference Travel Award, Guilford College Department of English.

2001            Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship, Americorps Legal Corps.

2000            Public Interest Law Foundation Fellowship, University of North Carolina School of Law.


Doctor of Philosophy in English – Rhetoric, Composition, and Linguistics, August 2015            

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Committee: Dr. Maureen Daly Goggin (Chair), Dr. Jacqueline Wernimont, Dr. Alice R. Daer, Dr. Suzanne Scott


Juris Doctor, May 2002

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC


Bachelor of Arts in English, with departmental honors, May 2012

Guilford College, Greensboro, NC


Bachelor of Arts in History, cum laude with departmental honors, May 1999

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

Minors: Latin American Studies and Politics


Areas of Interest

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