Nicole Pfannenstiel

Assistant Professor of English/Digital Media

Nicole Pfannenstiel

Contact Information

Office: Hash 166
Phone: (717) 871-4282


Office Hours

M: 11:30-12:30
W: 10:30-12:30
F: 10:30-12:30

Dr. A. Nicole Pfannenstiel is a digital rhetoric scholar who studies videogames and literacies, digital writing, blog communities, and the use of videogames in the classroom. Most of her work focuses on learning through and with technology, blending rhetorical theory, digital rhetoric and multimedia learning theory.

Dr. Pfannenstiel has taught courses in Digital Rhetoric, Ancient Rhetoric, Videogames and Literacies, Participatory Culture and Social Media, Multimedia Design, and Big Data at both the graduate and undergraduate level, and both online and face-to-face. She regularly employs multimedia learning, Twitter, blogs, multimedia projects, and problem-based learning to help students experience, learn from, and reflect on multimedia learning with course content to feel more comfortable and gain more experience with design and writing.

Dr Pfannenstiel earned a PhD in Rhetoric, Composition and Linguistics from Arizona State University where she was awarded an “Outstanding Graduate  Student” award at the December 2013 commencement. Her dissertation, Building Syllabi for Online Classes: A Case Study of Course Management Tool Use in Online Composition Courses, looks at the discussion of learning management system tools in syllabi for online composition courses and how those design choices in the syllabi influence perception of the online course space. This work continues to influence how multimedia learning theory (Mayer) can be used to develop online courses and online components of face-to-face/hybrid courses. This continues to influence her Alternate Reality Game design and gamification/gamified learning in her courses.

You can find more information at or follow her on Twitter @npfannen.