About

headshot of Christina LaVecchiaDr. Christina M. 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, University Press of Colorado) 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.

Currently, Dr. LaVecchia is 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 uses her training rhetoric and writing to researched 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 patients’ experiences with contested, medically unexplained illnesses and conditions, an experience she terms undercared-for chronic suffering. While at Mayo Clinic she has also taught a workshop series on scientific writing to biomedical sciences postdocs and graduate students.

From 2019 to 2021 Dr. LaVecchia supported faculty and programs from across disciplines with writing pedagogy as the founding Director of the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program and Assistant Professor of English at Neumann University in Aston, PA.

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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