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University Writing Program

University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616-8581

For AWP Exam Call:
(530) 752-0450

Main Office:
109 Voorhies Hall

(530) 752-0369 phone
(530) 752-5013 fax

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Director: Carl Whithaus
Email: cwwhithaus
Phone: 530-752-0369

Katie Rodger
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Katie Rodger

  • Lecturer
313 Voorhies

Office Hours: W 11:30-1:30 & by appointment


  1. Ph.D. 2010, UC Davis
  2. M.A. 2000, San Jose State University
  3. B.A. 1998, UC San Diego


Katie Rodger has been teaching at UC Davis since 2002, and has been a lecturer in the UWP since Spring 2011. She regularly teaches Writing in the Sciences (104E), Environmental Writing (102G), and Advanced Composition (101), and has taught Writing for the Health Professions (104F), and a graduate workshop for STEM students publishing an academic journal article (298). In spring 2015 Katie began teaching Science Journalism (111C) and will teach Journalism (104C) in the fall.

Katie's areas of interest include the intersections of science and writing, science communication, and writing across the curriculum--but she enjoys teaching virtually all aspects of writing. In particular, she has been excited to work with graduate students in the sciences via Independent Study to support them as they publish their research.

In 2013, Katie joined the UWP's Writing Across the Curriculum Workshop Program, and has collaborated with students and professors throughout UC Davis in programs and departments including the Office of Undergraduate Research, GAAAP (Graduate Academic Achievement & Advocacy Program), Math, Comparative Literature, the School of Public Heath, and the Superfund Research Program.

For ten years, Katie researched the life and work of marine ecologist, Ed Ricketts, the model for John Steinbeck's "Doc" in Cannery Row. She published two volumes, a critical edition of Ricketts's letters (U. Alabama P, 2002) and his collected essays (U. California P, 2006). She is often invited to speak about Ricketts's legacy as an ecologist, and has been interviewed on NPR and BBC Radio.

In April 2015, Katie presented at the Northern California WAC Conference as part of a panel about strategies for teaching science writing. In the fall of 2014, Katie gave a series of talks and workshops about science writing and interdisciplinary research and writing in Juneau, Alaska as part of the University of Alaska Southeast's One Campus, One Book project for 2014-15. Other recent conference presentations include a discussion of her Environmental Writing course at CCCC (spring 2013), and an interactive talk about multi-modal composition in her Writing in the Sciences class at the UC Writing Conference (fall 2013). Katie will travel to Seattle in fall 2015 to participate in a roundtable presentation about teaching writing to STEM students.

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