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Dayna's scholarly interests and pedagogical practices include visual and digital rhetorics. She enjoys innovating with current digital platforms and software and integrating them into the first-year composition classroom. Her pedagogy explores texts in all aesthetic and media-based form and how rhetorical argument is shaped by typography, color, shape, and visual design. 

With a professional background in finance, and visual communications, Dayna co-owned a graphic design company in 2005. Her designs were featured as part of corporate branding projects as well as advertisements. 


For the past eight years, Dayna has focused her attention on publishing, working for culture and fashion magazines in New York and Miami. She also worked for the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, a prestigious scholarly journal in American literature. 

In 2017, she presented on multimodal composition as part of the writing process at The 18th Annual New Jersey Writing Alliance, Rutgers University, Livingston. Dayna previously presented her work on the visual and rhetorical expression of marginalized communities at the Urban Sites Conference, hosted by the University of Alabama and the Feminists and Rhetorics Conference at Stanford University.

Dayna received her B.A. in English from Montclair State University, magna cum laude. She later earned her M.A. in English, with a concentration in Composition and Rhetoric. 

She is a full-time instructional specialist in the Department of Writing Studies at Montclair State University, teaching courses in First-Year Writing and the Public and Professional Writing minor. She is an active member of the Public and Professional Writing Committee and the Promotions and Marketing Committee. 

During the 2018 academic semester, she became Assistant Director of MSU's Gender Studies and Women's Studies Program. When not teaching, or developing departmental programs, in higher education, she fulfills the role of educational
consultant for the Lawrence Township K-12 School District. 
She works closely with administrative staff, and faculty, observing and providing feedback and support for educators across all subjects.

Additionally, she teaches part-time composition and communication courses at Bergen Community College, Eastwick College-Ramsey, and Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison.  

She actively writes, produces, and cohosts a podcast about writing and multimodal practices.

Who Inspires Me

David Carson

Anne F. Wysocki

Jason Palmeri