Lu Ann Dvorak
LuAnn teaches sections of Rhetoric designed for students who plan to major in health care professions and the health sciences. Before joining the faculty, LuAnn taught university-level rhetoric for fourteen years -- at the University of Iowa, the University of California, Merced, and UCLA.
Long before beginning her teaching career, LuAnn was a licensed practical nurse (LPN) for eleven years in hospitals and medical offices and then, after earning a bachelor’s degree in English and Communication Studies, she combined her writing and medical knowledge to become a study coordinator in Internal Medicine on a major project that included locating and evaluating formerly septic patients who survived. When the sepsis study was finished, she entered graduate school, completed her coursework, and began her own research on underprepared university students and the role that whiteness plays in education. LuAnn’s dissertation, which helped her earn a doctorate in Education: Language, Literacy, and Culture at the University of Iowa, blends composition studies, writing-center pedagogy, and diversity.
In addition to teaching, LuAnn has a long history of writing center tutoring and conference presentations. Her own current writing projects are through the Department of Ophthalmology, where she has been working on one book that combines art, history, and medicine, and a second book that details the history of the eye department at Iowa.
LuAnn’s interests include politics, first-generation university students, family, cats, creative nonfiction, and crossing or combining disciplines. Her work has led to four publications including “Long-term Survival and Function after Suspected Gram-negative Sepsis” (JAMA. 274:338-345) with Trish Perl, MD, MSc, The Lost Art of Retinal Drawing (2013) with Stephen Russell, MD, “Critical Feminist Literacy” The Bricolage of Media Studies: Graduate Conference of Media Culture (113-129), and “Interpreting Signs of Sepsis: Use of Individualized Lists of Risk Factors” (Clinical Performance and Quality Health Care 2(2):100-103).