Heather Sturman

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Position Title
Writing Specialist

  • Writing Support Center
2248 Dutton Hall

I began my time at UC Davis as a graduate student in the Linguistics Department at UC Davis in 2007. My research focused on second language acquisition and development, particularly in the high school setting. After I graduated with my PhD in 2012, I continued to work in the department teaching ESL and introductory linguistics classes. I also taught ESL courses in the International English and Professional Program at UC Davis Extension.  I have been working at the AATC since 2013 as a Writing Specialist, and I support all undergraduates in one-on-one appointments and in the writing studio, deliver writing workshops in classes, and present on AATC services.


  • I help design curriculum for and teach Foundations for Tutoring, a pedagogy course for newly hired tutors
  • I help maintain the Aggie Grammar Guide as a co-author
  • I coordinate Writing Tutor Recruitment as a part of the Tutor Management Team
  • I am a member of the Disability Issues Administrative Advisory Committee at UC Davis
  • I am a member of the AATC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workgroup

In 2022, I completed the Supplemental Instruction Supervisor Workshop with the International Center for Supplemental Instruction.

Degrees earned:

B.S. Anthropology, UC Riverside, 2006

M.A. Linguistics, UC Davis, 2009

PhD Linguistics, UC Davis, 2012