Daniel J. Weinstein

Daniel J. Weinstein, PhD presenting in front of a PowerPoint slideAssociate Professor of English

Co-Director, Center for Digital Humanities and Culture

Office: HSS 506T
Phone: 724-804-8528
Email: daniel.weinstein@iup.edu

Office Hours

Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30-11:00 a.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00 a.m.-Noon (via Zoom); and by appointment


  • PhD in English Literature with a Concentration in Composition Theory, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
  • MA in English Literature, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
  • BA with Honors in English, Wesleyan University

Academic Interests

Composition Theory and Pedagogy, Rhetorical Analysis, Collaborative Writing, Creativity, Educational Technology


Dan's research, positioned at the intersection of educational technology and the psychology of creativity, tends to focus on how teachers may best use new technologies to help students prosper as learners and creators.

A pioneer in the use of computer technology for teaching writing remotely, in 1996 Dan designed and taught the first online English Composition course ever offered at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York. Since that time, he has continued to innovate teaching techniques that harness the potential of digital technologies to support students' creative growth.

Dan grew up in New York but also lived for significant stretches in Connecticut, South Dakota, and Minnesota. He now lives in Indiana, Pennsylvania, wherebesides exercising his devotion to teachinghe enjoys reading, writing, drawing, meditating, cooking, and generally strolling around town.

Dan directs the English BA program at IUP.


Dan's most recent publication is a book chapter titled:

"Cultivating Compassion for Challenging Texts: A Contemplative Approach" in The Art of Noticing Deeply: Commentaries on Teaching, Learning and Mindfulness published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Course Specialties

ENGL 101: Composition
ENGL 121: Humanities Literature
ENGL 202: Advanced Composition
ENGL 212: American Literature to 1900
ENGL 360: Editing and Publishing
ENGL 421: Digital Writing