Fellow Cultural Explorers: Welcome!
This is the official website of Dawn Eyestone, Professional Communicator. Here you will find information on Dawn's professional writing, creative work, and teaching. In addition, you can read Dawn's Blog, where she explores a variety of pop cultural, social, and writing-related topics using humor, cultural studies theory, and personal experience.
Dawn Eyestone's professional interests and development include ongoing scholarship and writing in popular culture, including critical analysis of video games, television, film, and the internet. She continues to write in a variety of media and genres, including both web- and print-based. She is very passionate about the intersections between popular and high culture, entertainment media, visual and verbal communication, and critical discourse. Included on this site are examples of her work and external links.
Dawn Eyestone has been teaching multiple levels of undergraduate communication, composition, and literature courses since 2007, with extensive experience teaching first-year communication courses focused on analysis, composition, and reflection on critical topics using written, oral, visual, and electronic discourse within academic, civic, and cultural contexts. She has also taught courses in critical and pop cultural analysis, literature, and business and technical communication. Her experience includes working with students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
Of key importance in Dawn's teaching is engaging students critically with each other and the world around them. Her course assignments and daily lesson plans are designed to reach a variety of students, allowing them to experience movement in their thinking regardless of their backgrounds. Additionally, her workplace experience in graphic art and technical writing allows her to combine professional ethos with critical pedagogy, which can ameliorate resistance to course objectives in general education classes where students might not otherwise be engaged.
Education and Experience
Dawn Eyestone's educational background is in English and Design and she has experience in both academic and professional settings. She completed her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Professional Communication at Iowa State University in April of 2013, with a cross-disciplinary specialization in pop culture media, critical pedagogy, and Women's Studies. Her Master’s degree was in Literature with a Creative Writing component, focused on women's contributions to and exclusion from canonical literature. Additionally, her undergraduate degree was in Art and Design and she worked as a graphic artist and technical writer professionally for a decade before returning to school to pursue advanced degrees in English.