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Lisa M. DeTora

Assistant Professor of Writing Studies and Rhetoric


Degrees

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


Bio

Lisa DeTora completed her graduate studies in English and Women's Studies at the University of Rochester. Subsequently, she attended workshops in Narrative Medicine and Advanced Narrative Medicine at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her interests in Narrative Medicine and medical publication ethics led to an MS in Bioethics at the Alden March Bioethics Institute of Albany Medical College.

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 runs a productive publications team for the Ethics and Standards Committee of the International Society of Medical Publication Professionals. In 2017, she edited the book Regulatory Writing: An Overview for the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society.

Lisa’s publications include work in the humanities, medicine, statistics and the sciences. A book, Heroes of Film, Comics and American Culture, appeared in 2009.  She is currently co-editing a volume of essays presented at the Graphic Narrative Research Group of the International Comparative Literature Association. Another co-edited volume, under contract with Routledge, will present essays on bodies, materiality, and embodiment from Montaigne to the present. Recent and forthcoming essay publications discuss the role of regulatory documentation in forming public opinion, US Right to Try legislation, quantum physics as a model for reading graphic narratives, and biomedical authorship ethics.

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
DSST 002 (LT) DISABILITY IN LIT & CULTR Undergraduate
ENGL 109 EXAMINING NARRATIVE MEDICINE Undergraduate
ENGL 196D (LT) DISABILITY IN LIT & CULTR Undergraduate
RHET 187D COMMUNICTNG SCI IN PUBLC CULTR Undergraduate
WSC 001 COMPOSITION-PRE HEALTH Undergraduate
WSC 002 COMPOSITION Undergraduate
WSC 109 EXAMINING NARRATIVE MEDICINE Undergraduate
WSC 132 (AA) COMM SCIENCE IN POP CULT Undergraduate
WSC 232 ADVANCED SCIENTIFIC WRITING Graduate
WST 197 DEPT HONORS CANDIDACY: ESSAY Undergraduate