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Katie Swacha

Kathryn Swacha

Assistant Professor

McMurran Hall 201G
(757) 594-7954


  • Ph D in English, Purdue University
  • MA in English, Georgetown University
  • BA in English and German, Bowdoin College


Professional and Technical Writing; Science Writing; Composition; Service Learning; Writing for Civic Engagement; Rhetoric of Health and Medicine


Rhetoric of Health and Medicine; Service-Learning; Community-Based Research Methods; Professional and Technical Writing


Originally from Pittsburgh, Dr. Katie Swacha joined CNU as an Assistant Professor in August 2017. She loves teaching rhetoric and writing through service-learning, and she enjoys working with students and community members on shared research projects. She has published articles on service-learning, technical communication, and the rhetoric of health and medicine in journals such as Rhetoric Review and Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement.

  • CCCC Outstanding Dissertation Award in Technical Communication, Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). (2018)
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2018 ). “‘Bridging the Gap between Food Pantries and the Kitchen Table:’ Teaching Embodied Literacy in the Technical Communication Classroom”. Technical Communication Quarterly. Volume, 27. Issue, 3. Pages, 261-282.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2018 ). “Service-learning in the Second Language Writing Classroom: Future Research Directions”. TESOL Journal/Wiley. Volume, 9. Issue, 2. Pages, 278-298.
  • Journal Article, Professional Journal
    (2017 ). Older Adults as Rhetorical Agents: A Rhetorical Critique of Metaphors for Aging in Public Health Discourse. Rhetoric Review. Volume, 36. Issue, 1. Pages, 60-72.
  • Journal Article, Professional Journal
    (2015 ). Towards Productive Disagreement: Deliberative, Democratic Processes in Community Engagement and Service-Learning. Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. Volume, 6. Issue, 3. Pages, 29-53.

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