Image of an older, French man playing the accordian sitting on a bridge along the Seine in Paris, France.

Composing and connecting along the Seine. Is that you, Heraclitus? (2014)

christa teston, phd

Pile of unorganized stencils of alphabetic letters and numbers at a flea market in Paris, France.
Typography stamps and stencils organized in a wooden, divided container. Found in Paris, France flea market.

Typographic chaos and order in Paris flea market (2014)

Mol, Moser, and Pols (2010) argue that “good care” in medicine is “persistent tinkering in a world full of complex ambivalence and shifting tensions” (14). In my book project, (tentatively titled) Evidential Attunement*: Methods for Managing Medical Uncertainty, I explore three such practices of persistent tinkering: evidential construction, assessment, and synthesis. Evidential Attunement’s fine-grained, grounded analyses (Glaser & Strauss) reveal ways in which managing medical uncertainty is a kind of quixotic empiricism reliant on complex human, nonhuman, and computational partnerships.


*see Rickert 2013


[ related publications ]


McNely, B., Spinuzzi, C., Teston, C. (2015). Guest editors’ introduction: Contemporary research methodologies in technical communication. Technical Communication Quarterly 24(1), 1-13.


Teston, C., Graham, S.S., Baldwinson, R., Li, A. & Swift, J. (2014). Public voices in pharmaceutical deliberations: Negotiating "clinical benefit" in the FDA's Avastin hearing. Journal of Medical Humanities 35, 149-170.


Teston, C. (2012). Considering confidentiality in research design: Developing heuristics to chart the un-chartable. In P. Takayoshi and K. Powell (Eds.) Practicing Research in Writing Studies: Reflections on Ethically Responsible Research (303-326). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.


Teston, C. (2012). Moving from artifact to action: A grounded investigation of visual displays of evidence during medical deliberations. Technical Communication Quarterly 21, 187-209.


Teston, C. (2009). A grounded investigation of genred guidelines in cancer care deliberations. Written Communication 26, 320-340. [Winner of NCTE’s Best Article Reporting Qualitative or Quantitative Research in Technical or Scientific Communication]


Miscellaneous flea market finds organized and for sale within wire baskets placed on their side. Found in flea market in Paris, France.

Flea market miscellany in Paris, France (Feb 2014)

Only after becoming engaged with and a part of the very community and activities I study am I able to understand ways in which language in use—rhetoric—operates in that setting. In the classroom, therefore, I design learning experiences for students based on the philosophy that we learn best by doing. That is, I aim to facilitate a safe and supportive classroom environment that encourages experiential, problem-based, collaborative learning.


[ graduate seminars ]

Research Methods (Fall 2015)

Writing Controversies: A Composition Seminar (Spring 2014)

Rhetorics of Medicine, Science, and Public Policy (Fall 2012)

Literacy: Histories, Practices, and Controversies (Fall 2011)


[ undergraduate seminars ]

Rhetoric and Community Service (Service Learning Course)

Professional Writing Seminar: Crisis Communications

Environmental Writing

Business Writing

Technologies and the Future of Writing

Advanced Prose

Honors Writing: Science and Technology


Blue, black, and white crosswalk sign in Paris, France. Has peeled off stickers and graffiti on top and a large street light behind it.

Parisian palimpsest (2014)

christa teston

The Ohio State University

Department of English

506 Denney Hall

164 West 17th Avenue

Columbus, OH 43210


(614) 292.6065 (o)

(614) 292.7816 (f)


[ email ]