Ann Hill Duin

Ann Hill Duin is Professor of Writing Studies and Graduate-Professional Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota, recently receiving both the 2021 Ronald S. Blicq Award for Distinction in Technical Communication from the IEEE Professional Communication Society and the 2021 J. R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Society for Technical Communication.

Her research and teaching focus on the impact of emerging technologies on technical augmentation, digital literacy, analytics, collaboration, and writing futures. She served 15 years in administrative roles including Vice Provost and Associate Vice President for Information Technology where her commitment to shared leadership resulted in collective vision and action: a virtual university, a new college, business intelligence/academic analytics initiatives, and inter-institutional partnerships. She is published in many academic journals including Computers and Composition, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, and Communication Design Quarterly, and edited collections focused on augmented reality, digital literacy, and innovative teaching in technical communication. Her forthcoming book co-authored with Dr. Isabel Pedersen, Writing Futures: Collaborative, Algorithmic, Autonomous, prepares scholars and practitioners to investigate and plan for the social, digital literacy, and civic implications arising from emerging technologies.


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Curriculum and Instruction

M.A., University of Minnesota, Curriculum and Instruction

B.A., Luther College, Music Education, English


Leadership Positions

Director of Graduate Studies, M.S. and Certificate Programs in Technical Communication, University of Minnesota (2012 – present)

Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer, UMN (2007 – 2012)

Senior Associate Dean, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, UMN (2002 – 2007)

Associate Provost, Iowa State University, USA (2000 – 2002)

Vice Provost, Instructional Technology and University Partnerships, UMN (1997 – 2000)

Faculty Positions

University of Minnesota: Professor (1997 – present), Associate Professor (1991 – 1997), Assistant Professor (1986 – 1991)

Iowa State University: Professor (2000 – 2002)


Duin, A.H., & Breuch, L.K. (2023). Writer identity, literacy, and collaboration: 20 technical communication leaders in 2020. In L. Arduser (Ed.), Workplace writing. CSU Press TPC Foundations and Innovations series.

Duin, A.H., Hall, J., Card, D., & Breuch, L.K. (2023). Co-AI technical writing: Documentation, experimentation, user testing, ethical design. International Professional Communication Conference (ProComm), July 2023. Ithaca, NY.

Vance, B., Brewer, P.E., & Duin, A.H. (2023). Using AI-generated content to support the writing process. International Professional Communication Conference (ProComm), July 2023. Ithaca, NY.

Duin, A.H., & Pedersen, I. (2023). Augmentation technologies and artificial intelligence in technical communication: Designing ethical futures. Routledge: Taylor and Francis Group.

Card, D., & Duin, A.H. (2023). Generative AI: Productive paths forward. Intercom.

Pedersen, I., & Duin, A.H. (2021). Defining a classification system for augmentation technology in socio-technical terms. Proceedings of the 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society: Technological Stewardship and Responsible Innovation.

Duin, A.H., & Pedersen, I. (2021). Working alongside non-human agents. Proceedings of the 2021 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference.

Davis, K., Stambler, D., Veeramoothoo, C., Ranade, N., Hocutt, D., Tham, J., Misak, J., Duin, A.H., & Pedersen, I. (2021). Fostering student digital literacy through the Fabric of Digital Life. Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy.

Duin, A.H., Pedersen, I., & Palumbo, G. (2021). Research on the use of immersive technologies to foster intercultural communication and improve translation performance. Multilingual academic and professional communication in a networked world. Proceedings of AELFE-TAPP 2021, Barcelona, Spain.

Tham, J. & Duin, A.H. (2021). Digital literacy in an age of pervasive surveillance. In E. Beck & L. Hutchinson (Eds.), Privacy matters: Conversations about surveillance within and beyond the classroom. Utah State University Press.

Tham, J., Burnham, K., Hocutt, D.L., Ranade, N., Misak, J., Duin, A.H., Pedersen, P., & Campbell, J.L. (2021). Metaphors, mental models, and multiplicity: Understanding student perception of digital literacy. Computers and Composition.

Duin, A.H., & Pedersen, I. (2021). Writing futures: Collaborative, algorithmic, autonomous. Springer Publishing, series on Studies in Computational Intelligence. 221 pp.

Duin, A.H., Tham, J., & Pedersen, I. (2021). The rhetoric, science, and technology of 21st century collaboration. In M. Klein (Ed.), Effective teaching of technical communication: Theory, practice and application. WAC Clearinghouse: Foundations and Innovations in Technical and Professional Communication series.

Duin, A.H., & Pedersen, I. (2020). Building digital literacy through exploration and curation of emerging technologies: A networked learning collaborative. Publication for the International Networked Learning Conference (May 2020).

Duin, A.H., & Tham, J. (2020). The current state of analytics: Implications for learning management system (LMS) use in writing pedagogy. Computers and Composition, 55.

Duin, A.H., Armfield, D., and Pedersen, I. (2019). Human-centered content design in augmented reality. In G. Getto, N. Franklin, S. Ruszkiewicz, and J. Labriola (Eds.), Context is everything: Teaching content strategy (pp. 89-116). ATTW Book Series in Technical and Professional Communication. New York: Routledge.

Duin, A.H., & Tham, J. (2018). Cultivating code literacy: A case study of course redesign through advisory board engagement. ACM SIGDOC, Communication Design Quarterly, 6(3), 44-58.