Andrew Fiss

Andrew Fiss


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  • Assistant Professor of Technical & Professional Communication
  • Ph.D. History & Philosophy of Science, Indiana University
  • A.B. Mathematics, Vassar College


With a background in science studies and first-year writing, Dr. Andrew Fiss works in scientific and technical communication, especially historical and archival methods, bringing attention to how past practices can inform the present. He has studied the use of podcasting to improve students' scientific and digital literacies, and his work about humanities approaches to STEM learning has appeared in the journals Science & Education, the History of Education Quarterly, New York History, Peitho, and Configurations. His new book, Performing Math: A History of Communication and Anxiety in the American Mathematics Classroom (Rutgers University Press, expected November 2020), investigates the origins of a key issue in contemporary education: pervasive negative attitudes toward math, from anxiety to downright hatred. By looking closely at the formation of the contemporary American higher education system in the nineteenth century, Performing Math not only traces the origins of the current state of affairs but also points to techniques and frameworks that can help make educational change. By likening learning math to putting on a show, Performing Math argues that math education can be embodied, creative, and empowering to students.

His work on grants focuses on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration. He serves as Senior Personnel on the new National Science Foundation (NSF) project GCR: Collaborative Research: Socio-Technological System Transitions: Michigan Community & Anishinaabe Renewable Energy Systems (MICARES)” and for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) project "Human-Centered Engineering Initiative."

Dr. Fiss teaches technical communication at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as science writing, grant writing, rhetoric, and graduate seminars in public understandings of science. He is a member of the Scientific and Technical Communication Steering Committee and serves as an advisor for the Society for Technical Communication student chapter. As former director of the Humanities Internship Program, he is willing to meet with students about any stage of the internship process. Lastly, he is very interested in transdisciplinary education at Michigan Tech and beyond.

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  • Science Communication
  • History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine
  • Rhetorics of Science and Technology
  • History of Engineering and Mathematics Education
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinary, and Transdisciplinary Education