Barbara Heifferon


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Humanities & Social Sciences



Rhetoric of Health and Medicine, Rhetoric, Writing Studies, History of Medicine, Writing in the Sciences, Writing Across the Discipline, Professional Communication, Technical Writing, International Professional Communication





Barbara Heifferon was an initiator in the development of a new sub-field of rhetoric called the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine, which has grown internationally from 3 to over 300 scholars. The 1st group she convened and chaired for over 20 years has become a permanent part of the largest writing conference in the U.S. She has authored six books and numerous articles not including writing manuals and healthcare communication training modules. A graduate of University of Arizona, she has served as Department Chair at Rochester Institute of Technology and University Writing Director at Clemson and LSU. She joined the faculty of LSU as Writing Director in 2010. Her expertise as a former cardio-pulmonary technician and special procedures nurse has enabled her to fuse her two loves: medicine and writing. Her work internationally includes work in Wales, Italy and Germany. She has two amazing daughters and a grandson in New York.

Curriculum Vitae


Editor, Special Issue in Medical Rhetoric of Communication Design Quarterly, vol. 5, no. 2. 2017.

“Afterword.” (Invited). Rhetoric of Health and Medicine. Lisa Meloncon, ed. South Florida UP, forthcoming.

“Introduction.” (Invited). Communication Design Quarterly (CDQ) Special Issue on Medical Rhetoric, vol. 5, no. 2,
2017 pp. 4-18.

“Despair Is Not a Strategy: Contingent Labor Advocacy at LSU.” With Anna K. Nardo. Contingency,
Exploitation, and Solidarity: Labor and Action in English Composition, Co-editors: Karen Fitts,
Seth Kahn, William Lalicker, & Amy Lynch-Biniek). Fort Collins, CO: Colorado State UP, 2016.

“Academic/Government Partnerships: Theoretical Underpinnings for Improving Online Writing.”
Academy-Industry Relationships and Partnerships: Perspectives for Technical
Communicators. Kirk St. Amant and Tracy Bridgeford. Amityville, NY: Baywood P., 2015.

“Immigration Reform: [Re]forming Theories of Cyber-Design. Computer-Mediated Communication
across Cultures: Interactions in Online Environments. Kirk St.Amant and Filipp Sapienti.
Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2011.