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), Science Journalism (111C), and Environmental Writing (102G). She also has taught Advanced Composition (101), Writing for the Health Professions (104F), Journalism (104C), Writing in Education (104D), Technical Writing (104T), and a graduate workshop for STEM students publishing an academic journal article (298).
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 January 2015, Katie was quoted in an article about teaching science writing in The Atlantic, and has since received invitations to speak to science students about the importance of writing in their profession.
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 over 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 traveled to Seattle in fall 2015 to participate in a roundtable presentation about teaching writing to STEM students. In 2017, Katie will present with her colleagues at CCCC about supporting graduate writers across the disciplines.
Katie serves as the Professional Development Chair for CapSciComm, a regional professional networking group of science communicators. She is an advisory board member for the Western Flyer Foundation. She is also the Managing Editor of Splash!® milk science update.
Ph.D. UC Davis 2010
M.A. San Jose State University 2000
B.A. UC San Diego 1998
Ed Ricketts: From Cannery Row to Sitka Alaska (Shorefast Editions, 2016)
Breaking Through: Essays, Journals, and Travelogues of Edward F. Ricketts (U of California P, 2006)
Renaissance Man of Cannery Row: The Life and Letters of Edward F. Ricketts (U. of Alabama P, 2002)