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)

My research typically involves decision-making in medical and scientific contexts. But in my book project, I'm interested in that which precedes formal decision-making: medical and scientific evidence. 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 currently under review at University of Chicago Press—Bodies in Flux: Doing Rhetoric, Dwelling With Disease—I explore four specific tinkering practices concerning medical evidence: visualization, assessment, synthesis, and computation. Each case study describes medical and scientific practice as a kind of quixotic empiricism that involves human, nonhuman, and computational partnerships.


See also,

McNely, B., Spinuzzi, C., Teston, C. (2015). Guest editors’ introduction: Contemporary research methodologies in technical communication. Technical Communication Quarterly 24, 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 award for 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 rhetoric (material-discursive phenomena) does work. 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 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, PhD

Assistant Professor, English

Interim Director, Business & Technical Writing

Book Review Editor, Journal of Business & Technical Communication


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 ]