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Ken Andersen

University Writing Program

Departmental Bio

Prior to his return to academia, Ken worked as a writer, producer, and DJ at a Wenatchee, Washington radio station; he served as hotel manager and medical officer aboard cruise ships sailing out of Seattle; he worked in public relations in Spokane, Washington; and he was the restaurant manager at Roche Harbor Resort on San Juan Island.

After completing his graduate work at Washington State University in 2003, Ken accepted a position at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At MSOE he taught a wide variety of writing and communication courses, including Composition, Business Writing, Technical Writing, Public Speaking, Mass Communication, and Interpersonal Communication. In Milwaukee, Ken also served as the curriculum developer and instructor for the RiCH Company’s Vocational Services program. In that position, he created and taught basic and advanced business skills courses for people with disabilities.

After his family’s move to Davis in 2009, Ken accepted the senior writer position at the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC), where he worked with engineers, designers, and outreach personnel to write and edit a wide range of publications. While working in this position, Ken also occasionally taught courses in the UWP.

Today, Ken is a full-time lecturer in the University Writing Program where he teaches Advanced Composition, Business Writing, Technical Writing, Science Writing, and Journalism. He is the chair of both the UWP Publicity & PR Committee and the UC Davis Academic Federation Communications Committee, and he is a member of the Academic Federation Executive Council. He also serves as chair of the Association for Business Communication Undergraduate Studies Committee.

In his spare time, Ken enjoys biking, boating, and traveling with his wife, daughter, and son. He’s an avid SCUBA diver, fly fisherperson, birder, and photographer; a burrito connoisseur; and an accomplished writer of third-person personal biographies. He is also hilarious.