Rhetoric & Composition Faculty
Professor, A&S English
Christina Marie LaVecchia
Asst Professor, A&S English
She is a former Research Fellow and current Research Collaborator in the Knowledge and Evaluation Research (KER) Unit at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. There she uses her training rhetoric and writing to researched patient-clinician communication and care (shared decision-making) that is individualized to meet patients’ values and preferences and fits their 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 she 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 she 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.
For more on her research and teaching, visit her website: http://www.christinamlavecchia.org
Laura R. Micciche
Area Director of Rhetoric and Composition, Professor, A&S English
Her research focuses on composing processes, feminist pedagogies, and affect. Monographs and edited collections include Failure Pedagogies: Learning and Unlearning What It Means to Fail (with Allison D. Carr; Peter Lang 2020), Acknowledging Writing Partners (WAC Clearinghouse/UP of Colorado 2017), Doing Emotion: Rhetoric, Writing, Teaching (with Dale Jacobs; Boynton/Cook 2007), and A Way to Move: Rhetorics of Emotion and Composition Studies (Boynton/Cook 2003). Essays and chapters on related and other topics (i.e., inclusive editing; wpa agency; feminist writing practices; graduate student writing instruction; grammar instruction) have appeared in WPA, College English, College Composition and Communication, Rhetoric Review, JAC, Composition Studies, Composition Forum, Peitho, The Atlantic, and numerous edited collections. For six years, she served as editor of Composition Studies, an independent journal in rhetoric and composition, and is currently co-editor, with Chris Carter, of the WPA Book Series for Parlor Press. See complete CV for more info.
Russel K Durst