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., & Pedersen, I. (forthcoming 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.