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Derkatch, Colleen


Associate Professor


BA Honours (British Columbia); MA (Queen’s); PhD (British Columbia)




416-979-5000 ext 6131

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I teach courses on rhetoric and writing studies in the English Department’s BA program and Literatures of Modernity Graduate Program. I’m also on faculty in the joint Ryerson-York University Graduate Program in Communication and Culture. I am honoured to have received the 2013 Ryerson Faculty of Arts New Faculty Teaching Award.

My research and teaching focus on rhetorical theory and criticism, particularly rhetorics of science, medicine, and health. Currently, I’m revising a book manuscript, Bounding Biomedicine: Evidence and Rhetoric in the New Science of Alternative Medicine, which emerged out of my doctoral dissertation for which I was awarded the 2011 Conference of College Composition and Communication Outstanding Dissertation Award in Technical Communication. I’m also in the early phases of another book project on rhetorics of “wellness” in contemporary discourse about dietary supplements and other natural health projects,  a project for which I was recently awarded an Insight Development Grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. My other current project is a coinvestigated study with Professor Philippa Spoel of Laurentian University, on forms of health citizenship in popular and public health discourse about local and organic foods.

Research Interests:

Rhetorical theory and criticism; rhetoric of science, medicine, and health; writing studies; genre theory; science and technology studies; critical medicine studies