All News

Celebrating Recent PhD Doctorates

Celebrating Recent PhD Doctorates

We want to highlight recent Writing and Rhetoric PhD graduates who are also Composition TAs, to note their contributions to the field and congratulate these recent grads on completing their dissertations!

Read More
Advice for New Students

Advice for New Students

“Why didn’t someone tell me about that sooner?” Have you ever heard a friend say that with the utmost of exasperation? As I prepare to graduate, there are many things I’ve considered that I would recommend to a new student here at George Mason.

Read More
Effective Team Communication and Project Management Planning

Effective Team Communication and Project Management Planning

Learning how to communicate effectively when taking part of a group project or team effort is essential to the success of final product. Take a look at the tips and tricks below that are aimed at supporting positive team communication and facilitating an effective working relationship with one another.

Read More
When is a “Student” Not a “Student”?

When is a “Student” Not a “Student”?

When a university president asks this question, it seems like there should be a quick and simple answer. But, based on my experience as an enrollment professional at a Virginia public higher education institution, the president will likely receive conflicting answers from different offices across the university.

Read More
“Shredding” Assignment Sheets: Preparing Proposal Students

“Shredding” Assignment Sheets: Preparing Proposal Students

Attention to detail and dedication to compliance is one tool I can put in my students’ writing kit before they head into the professional world. If I can encourage a practice of “shredding” assignment sheets—that’s one small way I can contribute to the shaping of future proposal writers.

Read More
Networking in a Virtual World

Networking in a Virtual World

With in-person interactions on hold for the foreseeable future, it’s important to know what online networking resources are out there. Here are some ways to connect with the world from your home office.

Read More
New Certificate in Advanced Technical Writing Announced

New Certificate in Advanced Technical Writing Announced

In January 2021, PTW faculty will launch a new Advanced Technical Communication certificate for fire and public safety professionals, in collaboration with the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) and GMU Continuing and Professional Education (CPE)

Read More
University Announces 2020 Winter Graduation

University Announces 2020 Winter Graduation

All 2020 graduates, from spring, summer, and fall, are invited to participate in George Mason University’s 2020 Winter Graduation on Thursday, December 17, at 2:00 pm, on GMU-TV. Following the ceremony, CHSS graduates are invited to join the college for its own festivities.

Read More
Trading Spaces

Trading Spaces

Spring 2020 sent Mason students and professors into the world of online teaching, many for the first time, with steep learning curves on an accelerated schedule. Four English Department professors explained how they succeeded—against the odds.

Read More
PWR’s Professional Development Forum: A Celebration of Growth

PWR’s Professional Development Forum: A Celebration of Growth

The Professional Development Forum was created and hosted by the Professional Writing and Rhetoric program staff, Dr. Heidi Lawrence, Dr. Doug Eyman, Dr. Rachel Graham-Lussos, and Dr. Lourdes Fernandez of the English Department at George Mason University. It was a night full of food, games, and professional growth.

Read More
GMU Researchers Win National Emerging Researcher Award

GMU Researchers Win National Emerging Researcher Award

GMU English Faculty Brian Fitzpatrick and Writing and Rhetoric PhD Student Jessica McCaughey have been awarded a CCCC Emerging Researcher award for the development of “The Archive of Workplace Writing Experiences.”

GMU Presentations at ATTW & CCCC in Kansas City

GMU Presentations at ATTW & CCCC in Kansas City

GMU's PhD in Writing and Rhetoric will be well-represented at both the nation's largest conference for writing studies scholars - the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) and the premier conference for technical communication scholars - the Conference of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW).

Read More
Composition faculty receive funds to develop OER materials

Composition faculty receive funds to develop OER materials

During spring and summer of 2018, with help from a second round of 4-VA OER funding, an eleven-member team of faculty will continue the transition of the OER collection to a public-facing platform hosted by Mason Journals, and will add additional items developed by members of the composition program’s 2016-2017 learning communities, a professional development initiative funded by the Students as Scholars initiative.

Read More