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Lisa M. DeTora

Associate Professor of Writing Studies and Rhetoric


Degrees

PHD, 2000, Univ Rochester; MA, 1996, Univ Rochester; AB, 1989, Bard Coll


Bio

Lisa DeTora has an MA and a PhD in English and a graduate certificate in Women's Studies from the University of Rochester and an MS in bioethics from the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College. She also participated in the inaugural Advanced Narrative Medicine Workshop at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.


A long-time professional in the fields of medical writing and publication planning, Lisa has been a faculty speaker on publication ethics, authorship, and the relationship of medical publications to regulatory requirements at various professional society meetings. Currently, she serves the International Society of Medical Publication Professionals as a member of the Good Publications Practice Steering Committee. In 2020, her edited book Regulatory Writing: An Overview for the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society went into its second edition.


Lisa’s publications bridge humanities, medicine, and the sciences. Her special interests include graphic narratives and the affordances of quantum physics in interpreting gender and embodiment. Her recent books include Bodies in Transition in the Health Humanities (Routledge, 2020, co-edited with Stehpanie Hilger) and Graphic Embodiments: Perspectives on Health and Embodiment in Graphic Narratives (Leuven, 2021, co-edited with Jodi Cressman). She contributed chapters to the two inaugural volumes of the Foundations and Innovations in Technical and Professional Communication (WAC Clearinghouse/U Colorado) and wrote the lead research paper for the first issue of the award-winning journal Rhetoric of Health and Medicine (U Florida). Her editorial work also includes a forthcoming special issue of Journal of Technical Writing and Communication (Sage, co-edited with Katrina Hinson and Joseph Williams).


As the Director of STEM Writing, Lisa helps faculty members develop writing assignments and rubrics to enhance student learning without increasing grading burdens. She also serves as guest faculty in the medical humanities elective at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.


Teaching Interests

Composition, Narrative Medicine, Disability Studies, Rhetorics of Science and Medicine, Scientific Writing, Women’s Studies, Comic Books and Graphic Narratives, Representations of Science in Popular and Public Culture, Professional Writing, Sustainability, Food Writing, Feminist Theory.


Research Interests

Rhetorics of Health and Medicine, Rhetoric of Science, Biomedical Publication Ethics, Graphic Narratives, Embodiment and Intersectionality, Semiotic and Feminist Theories of the Gaze, Authorship, Regulatory Documentation, Public Health, Narrative Medicine, Medical Humanities


Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
BIO 232 ADVANCED SCIENTIFIC WRITING Graduate
CHEM 080 SEMINARS IN CHEMISTRY Undergraduate
ENGL 161 (LT) SIMPSONS SAVED AMER LIT Undergraduate
MCS 182B MUSIC AND HEALING Undergraduate
RHET 159 (LT) RHETORIC OF COMIC BOOKS Undergraduate
WSC 002 COMPOSITION Undergraduate
WSC 232 ADVANCED SCIENTIFIC WRITING Graduate
WST 150V (IS)GRAPH EMBOD: COMICS & BODY Undergraduate
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