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

Director, BA English Program
Co-Director, Center for Digital Humanities and Culture

Office: 506-T Leonard Hall
Email: daniel.weinstein@iup.edu

Office Hours 

M–F, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. 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, where, besides exercising his devotion to teaching, he enjoys reading, writing, drawing, meditating, cooking, and generally strolling around town.

Dan directs the English BA program at IUP.

Approach to Writing

Dan sees writing as a multidimensional practice integrating self-regulated attention and self-discipline with imagination, creativity, literary craft, worldly engagement, critical analysis, and situational awareness (including the ability to listen and respond to others’ perspectives). Interested in the effects writing can have in the world and the way it can change accepted knowledge and social norms, he also continues to explore how we, as writers, through sustainable, long-term writing practices, can effect change in ourselves.


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

"Music Lessons for Writers: Practice, Performance and the Development of Voice in Writing" in The Matter of Practice: New Materialisms in the Research and Teaching of Languages and Literacies published by Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Course Specialties

ENGL 101: Composition
ENGL 121: Humanities Literature
ENGL 202: Composition II
ENGL 212: American Literature to 1900
ENGL 220: Advanced Composition
ENGL 360: Editing and Publishing
ENGL 421: Digital Writing