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. Currently she is co-editing a volume on revision practices (Revising Moves: Sharing and Narrating Revision in Action) that will examine artifacts to frame revision as not only a textual practice, but also an act that reveals the acculturation processes by which differently located people attempt to join, affirm, disrupt, and build a discipline. Her published work in rhetoric and composition appears in College English, Composition Forum, Peitho, JAEPLHarlot, the edited collections Explanation Points and Showcasing the Best of CIWIC/DMAC, 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. There she has used her training in rhetoric and composition to teach a workshop series on scientific writing to biomedical sciences postdocs and graduate students and to research 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 in patients’ lives). Her collaborations appear in Patient Education and Counseling, Health Expectations, BMJ Open, and Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Innovations, Quality, & Outcomes. 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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