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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!

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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.

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Composition Faculty Contributions to ITL 2020

Composition Faculty Contributions to ITL 2020

Throughout the Fall semester, Mason’s Composition faculty have been busy—not only teaching online, but also preparing for and participating in the Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference 2020, hosted by the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning at George Mason University.

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George Mason University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences Creates New Center Devoted to Literary Presentation and Innovation

George Mason University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences Creates New Center Devoted to Literary Presentation and Innovation

Watershed Lit: Center for Literary Engagement and Publishing Practice brings under one umbrella the robust and diverse initiatives that have sprouted from the Creative Writing Program since its launch in 1980. The center, which provides an efficient and effective way to articulate the community that these initiatives help cultivate, includes Fall for the Book, Stillhouse Press, the Cheuse Center for International Writers, Poetry Daily, and the Northern Virginia Writing Project, as well as literary journals phoebe and So to Speak. Each entity maintains its own focused mission, governance structure, and budget, but will benefit individually and collectively through more strategic collaboration. Watershed Lit will also foster research by faculty and professional development of students, serving as a catalyst of transformational experiences.

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Community Engaged ENGH 101

Community Engaged ENGH 101

One of the biggest benefits of these courses is that faculty and students are able to reimagine what the connections between institutions such as Mason and the communities they reside in look like. -Dr. Wooten

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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.

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Finalists Announced for the New American Voices Award

Finalists Announced for the New American Voices Award

The three finalists for the 2020 Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award are novelists Ishmael Beah, author of Little Family; Vanessa Hua, author of Deceit and Other Possibilities; and Lysley Tenorio, author of The Son of Good Fortune.

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CHSS Congratulates 2020 Graduates!

CHSS Congratulates 2020 Graduates!

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences celebrates its graduates in the Class of 2020 with a message from Dean Ann Ardis, a musical tribute from the Green Machine, and more.

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Composition Faculty Collaborate in TNT

Composition Faculty Collaborate in TNT

It’s just as exciting to see what other teachers have created and think about how I might incorporate those lessons into my class. So far I’ve adopted several major and minor ideas presented in TNT, and I am trying to integrate more into my course.

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Term Faculty, Peggy Scolaro, Edits The Dream King

Term Faculty, Peggy Scolaro, Edits The Dream King

The Dream King was pre-released in a Facebook live event on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on April 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's assassination.  Ironically, in an unwitting decision by the publisher, the full release of the book came out on August 28, 2018, fifty-five years after Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech.  The book is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble in both paperback, Kindle, and Nook, as well as from DreamStreamCompany.com

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October 20th is the National Day on Writing

October 20th is the National Day on Writing

The George Mason University community of writers will celebrate the National Day on Writing on Friday, October 19 through a Tweetathon. Use hashtag #whyiwrite and share advice about writing, clever tactics for writing, or neat writing tricks.

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Celebrated Professor and Scholar Dr. Gesa Kirsch to visit GMU

Celebrated Professor and Scholar Dr. Gesa Kirsch to visit GMU

Dr. Gesa Kirsch, professor and feminist scholar, will visit George Mason University on Thursday, October 18. Her talk is titled, “The Advocacy, Activism, and Rhetorical Savvy of Dr. Mary Bennett Ritter, MD, and her Contemporaries.” Time and location: 2pm Johnson Center Room F.

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Composition faculty awarded 2018 emergent researcher award by the CCCC

Composition faculty awarded 2018 emergent researcher award by the CCCC

The Archive of Workplace Writing Experiences (AWWE), an early-stages research project by Professors Brian Fitzpatrick (George Mason University) and Jessica McCaughey (George Washington University) was recently awarded a 2018 Emergent Researcher Award grant of $8,000 by the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC).

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Life without Writing

Life without Writing

What role does writing play in our lives? Professionals from three different fields (history, journalism, law) discuss the importance of writing in the 21st century. In Spanish and English. Thursday, March 29, from 12:00-1:15 PM

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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.

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Mason Korea expands its writing course offerings

Mason Korea expands its writing course offerings

GMU-Korea opened its door in Spring 2014 in Songdo, a newly-developed town on land reclaimed from the sea and a part of the Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ) in the Incheon Metropolitan City. The program has grown rapidly since the first English composition course was offered. In addition to multiple sections of ENGH 100 and ENGH 101, the campus began to offer ENGH 302 in Fall 2017; during the Spring of 2018, Mason Korea is offering three composition courses and three literature courses.

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Composition faculty share their expertise at ITL conference

Composition faculty share their expertise at ITL conference

Mason composition faculty continue setting the standard for innovation in pedagogy, and this year’s Innovation in Teaching and Learning conference, hosted by the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning at George Mason University, gave many faculty within the program the opportunity to showcase what they know and what they do.

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Celebrating success

Celebrating success

The mood in EagleBank Arena was lively on May 18 and 19, as the College of Humanities and Social Sciences held its degree celebration ceremonies. Congratulations again to all of our graduates! We are pleased to welcome you to an impressive community of alumni, made only stronger by the class of 2017.

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English Department Professor Terry Zawacki Wins Teaching Excellence Award

English Department Professor Terry Zawacki Wins Teaching Excellence Award

The Provost and the Center for Teaching Excellence have announced the 2011 Teaching Excellence Award winners. Included in this year's winners is English Department Professor Terry Zawacki. Zawacki's win continues a long and proud tradition of strong representation of English Department faculty among the annual Teaching Excellence Award winners. All are invited and welcomed to the 2011 Celebration of Teaching Excellence. The ceremony will be held on Monday, April 11, from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm in the Center for the Arts, Concert Hall Main Lobby.

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