About

headshot of Christina LaVecchiaDr. Christina M. LaVecchia is Director of Writing Across the Curriculum and Assistant Professor of English at Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania.

Dr. LaVecchia’s research spans multiple disciplines. In rhetoric and composition, her work focuses on contemporary composing theories, writing pedagogies, invention, digital literacies, and professional practices. Recently she co-authored “Editing as Inclusion Activism” for the March 2019 issue of College English and the essay “Writing Groups as Feminist Practice” for the spring 2020 issue of Peitho. Her work also appears in Composition Forum, the 2015 essay collection Showcasing the Best of CIWIC/DMAC, Harlot, and the textbook How Writing Works: With Readings.

Previously, Dr. LaVecchia was a research fellow in the Knowledge and Evaluation Research (KER) Unit and an instructor of health services research at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Then and in her current collaborations with the KER Unit she uses her training in rhetoric and composition to teach a workshop series on scientific writing to postdocs and biomedical sciences graduate students and collaborated on research related to patient-clinician communication, shared decision-making (care that is individualized to meet patients’ values and preferences), and minimally disruptive medicine (care that is least burdensome on patients’ lives). Her published collaborations appear in Patient Education and Counseling and Health Expectations. She also has several works in progress with KER, most notably a study on the use of rhetorical listening in clinical encoutners and a study on patients’ experiences with contested, medically unexplained illnesses and conditions, an experience she terms undercared-for chronic suffering.

In 2012 Dr. LaVecchia was the UC English department’s William C. Boyce Excellence in Teaching Award recipient and is the UC College of Arts and Sciences 2014 recipient of a university-wide teaching award.

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