Meet the Composition Staff

The Composition program is supported by the Director of Composition, three Associate Directors, two Assistant Directors, one Graduate Student Assistant Director, and two administrative office staff. In addition to full-time faculty and adjunct faculty, a robust cohort of graduate students enrolled in the MFA and in the Writing and Rhetoric program teach all level composition courses for the program. Below are short bios for the administrative staff. For more information, please visit the Faculty tab.

Courtney Adams Wooten is the Director of Composition. She earned a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from UNC Greensboro in 2014. She currently serves as a member of the Council of Writing Program Administrators' Executive Board and she is the book review editor for the journal WPA: Writing Program Administration. She studies feminist rhetorics, writing program administration, and first-year composition.  She is the co-editor of the edited collection WPAs in Transition (Utah State UP, 2018) and her work has been published in Composition Studies, Harlot, WPA, and Peitho.

Lisa Lister is the Associate Director of Composition for First Year Writing. She supports Mason’s  English 101 courses and faculty and runs the professional development program for new teaching TAs. Her research focus is in professional development for teachers and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She won a University Teaching Excellence Award with special acknowledgment for her contributions to General Education at Mason in 2012. Since then, she’s served as a Faculty Fellow for CTFE and as a member of the Provost’s Active Learning Community.

Jessica Matthews is the Associate Director of Composition for Advanced Composition. She earned a PhD in American literature from the George Washington University in 2005. Matthews has presented papers at the MLA Convention, the International Association for the Study of Romance Conference, the Popular Culture Association Conference, and the American Literature Association Conference.  In 2011, Matthews completed the Sloan-C Certificate Course in distance education, and, in 2012, was the recipient of the first Distance Education Faculty Outstanding Achievement Award. Her current research interests include rhetoric/composition, distance learning pedagogies, the popular romance novel, and 19th-century women writers.

Anna S. Habib, MFA, serves as Associate Director of Composition, managing the undergraduate composition courses for multilingual students at Mason's home campus and branch campus in Songdo, Korea. She also coordinates and teaches the Graduate Communication across the Disciplines courses for INTO Mason’s international graduate pathway program.

Jennifer Ann Messier serves as Assistant Director of Composition for First Year Writing. She teaches composition, advanced composition, and professional/technical writing. Her research interests include classical and contemporary rhetorical theory, writing program administration and pedagogy, and creative nonfiction writing. Her creative nonfiction has been published in The Northern Virginia Review, Prick of the Spindle, Fringe Magazine, and other journals.

Lourdes Fernandez serves as Assistant Director for Advanced Composition; she teaches composition, advanced composition, and professional and technical writing. She earned a PhD in Writing & Rhetoric from George Mason University; her research interests include the rhetorics of institutional responses to public problems, rhetorics of sexual assault, and writing program administration.

Emily R C Staudt serves as Graduate Assistant Director of Composition, and she teaches Advanced Composition. Her research interests include teacher growth and development, writing pedagogy, and writing across the curriculum.  She is also a PhD student in the Writing and Rhetoric program at George Mason University.

Stacey Remick-Simkins currently serves as the Undergraduate Program Coordinator. During her time at Mason, she has served as Chair, Mason Military Outreach (2006-2008); Staff Liaison, Security Facilitation Action Work Group (2006-2007); member, Mason Awards Committee (2000-2006) and continues her membership in the Quality of Work Life Task Force where she has served since 2000. She co-founded the Staff Senate in 1998 and served for four years as Staff Senate chair from 2002-2006 and was re-elected in 2011 and served through June 2014.  In September 2012, she was elected to serve on the Virginia Governmental Employees Association board of directors and served through March 2016.

Barb Gomperts serves as office manager for the English department. Barb earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Idaho State University in 1998. Shortly after she joined the English department staff and earned her master’s degree in English, Teaching of Writing and Literature, at Mason. After finishing her graduate program, Barb embarked on a new adventure; she enrolled in massage school at Potomac Massage Training Institute in Washington, DC. She is now a licensed massage therapist and, in her spare time, practices massage professionally in Alexandria, VA.