Dr. Lucía Durá
I am an Associate Professor and Program Director of Rhetoric and Writing Studies. I do community-based research on the U.S.-Mexico border and beyond. For over a decade I have been collaborating on interdisciplinary projects that emphasize participatory design, asset-based thinking, and creativity, e.g., through the use of liberating structures and positive deviance.
My most recent collaborations include
- Developing a dissemination plan for a pediatric cancer innovation;
- Conducting a small user-experience study to create a bilingual glossary for end-of-life terminology;
- Working with the federal court and probation systems locally on an initiative to address recidivism; and
- Publishing a bilingual series of booklets and curricula on values and public health through a binational initiative with the Mexican Consulate.
One of the greatest perks of my job is the privilege of working with students. In addition to my regular teaching and mentoring duties, I am a faculty adviser for the Social Justice Initiative housed in UTEP’s Department of Communication.
- Risk communication
- Rhetorics of health and medicine
- Multilingual, border, and cross-cultural literacies
- Asset-based, participatory, and action research
Dura, L. (2018). Leveraging assets through Appreciative Interviews in classrooms and communities for edited collection High Impact Practices in Community Settings, Kendall-Hunt Publishing, Azuri Gonzalez & Gina Nunez-Mchiri, Eds.
Singhal, A. & Dura, L. (2017). Positive Deviance: A (non) normative approach to health and risk messaging. Encyclopedia of Risk and Health Communication. Oxford University Press: (5,951 words).
Dura, L. (2016). What’s Wrong Here? What’s right here? Introducing the Positive Deviance approach to community-based work. Connexions International Professional Communication Journal, 4(1) pp. 57-89 (6,000 words).
Dura, L., Salas, C., Medina-Jerez, W., Hill, V. (2015). De aquí y de allá: Changing perceptions of literacy through food pedagogy, asset-based narratives, and hybrid spaces. Community Literacy Journal, 10(1) pp. 21-39 (6,201 words).
UTEP Faculty Profile: http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=70104&ID=ldura