Melissa Hendricks, Program Coordinator, Lecturer

Veteran teacher and award-winning writer Melissa Hendricks is the coordinator of the MA in Science Writing and Graduate Certificate in Science Writing. Hendricks was promoted to the new job after serving as an instructor in Science Writing and Nonfiction since 2001. In her new role, Hendricks will continue to advise students, teach, and coordinate the Science Writing Residency courses.

Besides her teaching in the Writing Program, Hendricks has taught and lectured for graduate science programs at Hopkins and was an award-winning senior science writer for Johns Hopkins Magazine. Hendricks holds a BA in Biology from Wesleyan University. Her research experience includes working at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Tufts University Medical School. She later completed the Graduate Certificate Program in Science Communication at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her writing has been published in New Scientist, The Los Angeles Times, Science News, Ladies’ Home Journal, AARP The Magazine, USA Weekend, and National Parks magazine, among other places. She won the Writing Program’s Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010 and won a Council for Advancement and Support of Education Gold Medal for her magazine writing in 1996.

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.

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Melissa Hendricks