Melissa Hendricks, Associate Director, Lecturer
Melissa Hendricks is the Associate Director of the MA in Science Writing program. Ms. Hendricks has taught at Johns Hopkins University for more than 15 years and oversaw a transition of the Science Writing program from an onsite to an online/low-residency format. After earning a BA in Biology from Wesleyan University, she worked in research laboratories at Tufts University School of Medicine and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Pivoting from research to writing, she then completed the Science Communication Program at the University of California Santa Cruz.
Ms. Hendricks has written extensively about biomedical research and public health for publications that endeavor to communicate science broadly. She was the Senior Science Writer for Johns Hopkins Magazine for 12 years. Her articles have also appeared in New Scientist, National Geographic, The Los Angeles Times, Science News, Ladies’ Home Journal, AARP The Magazine, Johns Hopkins Public Health Magazine, USA Weekend, and National Parks magazine, among other places. Her writing has received awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the American College of Emergency Physicians. In 2010, she received the MA in Writing Program’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
Hendricks led three recent summer Residencies: In 2012, she took a group of students to the Bar Harbor / Acadia National Park area in Maine for “In the Field,” which focused on coastal research. In 2013, Hendricks directed a week-long “Medicine in Action” course in which students experienced the front lines of medicine at world-famous Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. In 2014, she was the primary instructor for “Science Policy, Funding, and Politics” in Washington, DC, where students visited and met with officials on Capitol Hill and with the National Institutes of Health, the National Academy of Sciences, and the White House. Her other regular courses include Techniques of Science-Medical Writing, Nonfiction Techniques, Nonfiction Workshop, Science Writing Workshop, The Literature of Science, and Thesis & Publication.
With Program Director Elise Levine and Assistant Director Karen Houppert, Hendricks is part of the permanent leadership team for the Hopkins Writing and Science Writing Programs. She has an office at the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences Center at Dupont Circle in Washington, and she also will work and teach at the main Hopkins Homewood Campus in Baltimore. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with her family.
To view all Writing Program faculty, click here.