Medical Notes. Photo credit: Phalinn Ooi.
Medical Notes. Photo credit: Phalinn Ooi.

As a rhetorician of health and medicine, I explore the relationship among medicine, technical communication, and rhetoric. I study gaps in medical communication that can be addressed through mutually beneficial, applied research that involves researchers, teachers, the community, and medical professionals. To accomplish these projects, I work with community partners to develop research questions, methodologies, and results that benefit people outside of academic institutions, as well as my home institution and its students.

Specifically, my current work addresses how healthcare professionals manage changing, urgent medical information in unstable medical contexts. In my single-authored monograph Rhetorical Work in Emergency Medical Services: Communicating in the Unpredictable Workplace (Routledge, 2019), I investigate how communicators harness rhetoric’s power to stabilize unpredictable medical workplace environments. My two in-progress studies build on this work: First, a collaborative methodological inquiry with Lilly Campbell seeks to understand and define intuitive moments in healthcare writing practices. Second, a multi-cohort longitudinal project investigates how the traditional college-age learner population enrolled in non-academic medical training courses transfers previous knowledge about writing into these courses and, subsequently, into the medical workplace.

Selected Works

Angeli, Elizabeth L. Rhetorical Work in Emergency Medical Services: Communicating in the Unpredictable Workplace. Routledge, 2019.

Angeli, Elizabeth L., and Richard Johnson-Sheehan, eds.Introduction to the Special Issue: Medical  Humanities and/or the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine.” Technical Communication Quarterly, vol. 27, no. 1, 2018, pp. 1-6.

Angeli, Elizabeth L., and Christina D. Norwood. “Responding to Public Health Crises: Bridging Collective Mindfulness and User Experience to Create Communication Interventions.” Communication Design Quarterly, vol. 5, no. 2, 2017, pp. 29-39.

Angeli, Elizabeth L. “Assemblage Mapping: A Research Methodology for Rhetoricians of Health and Medicine.” Methodologies for the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine, edited by Lisa Meloncon and J. Blake Scott, Routledge, 2017.

—. “Three Types of Memory in Emergency Medical Services Communication.” Written Communication, vol. 32, no. 1, 2015, pp.  3-38.

—. “Metaphors in the Rhetoric of Pandemic Flu: Electronic Media Coverage of H1N1 and Swine Flu.” Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, vol. 42, no. 3, 2012, pp. 215-235.