College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Campus Locations: Moscow
Department of English
With UI Since 2011
Ph.D., Kent State University, Rhetoric + Composition, 2009
M.A., Kent State University, Literature + Writing, 2005
Rhetoric and Writing Studies
Rhetoric of Science
Christa earned her Ph.D. from Kent State University's "Literacy, Rhetoric, and Social Practice" program. Her research interests lie in the productive tensions between technical writing, visual communication, and deliberative rhetoric. Sites of exploration include medical and scientific settings as well as practices surrounding digital writing in and out of the classroom.
- Teston, C. (accepted, to appear in 2012). Moving from artifact to action: A grounded investigation of visual displays of evidence during medical deliberations. Technical Communication Quarterly.
- Teston, C. (In Press). Considering confidentiality in research design: Developing heuristics to chart the un-chartable. To appear in P. Takayoshi & K. Powell (Eds.), Practicing Research in Writing Studies. Cresskill: Hampton Press.
- McNely, B. & Teston, C., Cox, G., Olorunda, B. & Dunker, N. (2010) Digital publics and participatory education. Digital Culture and Education 2(2), 152-171.
- Teston, C. (2009). A grounded investigation of genred guidelines in cancer care deliberations. Written Communication 26(3), 320-340. [Winner of NCTE’s “Best Article Reporting Qualitative or Quantitative Research in Technical or Scientific Communication.]
- [ In-Progress ] "The Electronic Medical Record as Clinical Gaze"
I explore how contemporary information technologies, like electronic medical records (EMRs), shift the clinical gaze toward the electronic or digital construction of the patient. I report on qualitative data from a long range case study of a local health center’s movement away from paper-based medical documentation toward the adoption of EMRs.
- [ In-Progress ] "Evidence and Innovation in Cancer Care"
I investigate how textual artifacts from clinical trials and cancer symposia acted as evidence toward the decade-long adoption of a cancer drug, Avastin, in clinical practice.
- Teston, C. & McNely, B. [accepted]. A pedagogical model for facilitating students’ collaborative, digital constructions of knowledge. In McClure and Purdy (Eds.) Research on Research: Examining Student Writing in the Digital Age.
- McNely, B., Spinuzzi, C., Teston, C. [accepted, to appear in 2014]. Special Issue on Contemporary Research Methodologies in Technical Communication. Technical Communication Quarterly.
- Single author of article awarded “Best Article Reporting Qualitative or Quantitative Research in Technical or Scientific Communication.” 2010 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Technical and Scientific Communication.
Article: “A grounded investigation of genred guidelines in cancer care deliberations.”
- Contributor to collection awarded “Best Original Collection of Essays in Technical or Scientific Communication.” 2010 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Technical and Scientific Communication.
Collection: July-October 2009 Written Communication special issue on Writing and Medicine