Lourdes Fernandez

Lourdes Fernandez

Lourdes Fernandez

Assistant Director

Assistant Professor

writing program administration, professional writing, composition

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

Selected Publications

Fernandez, L., Lawrence, H. Y., & Stabile, B. (2020). The Disappearing Accused: Rhetoric, Narrative, and Campus Sexual Assault. Rhetoric Review39(2), 230-245.


Heidi Y. Lawrence, Lourdes Fernandez, Rachael Graham Lussos, Bonnie Stabile & Melissa Broeckelman-Post. (2019). Communicating campus sexual assault: A mixed methods rhetorical analysis, Technical Communication Quarterly, 28:4, 299-316.


Rachael Graham Lussos & Lourdes Fernandez. (2018). Assault and accusation without agents: Verb voice in media narratives of campus sexual assault. Journal of Mason Graduate Research (JMGR), 5(2), 108-127.


Bree A. McGregor & Lourdes Fernandez. (2017). Writing faculty on the Marine Corps base: Building strong classroom communities through engagement and advocacy. Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning 16(2), 129-150.



PhD, Writing and Rhetoric, 2019

George Mason University


Graduate Certificate, Professional Writing and Editing, 2008

George Mason University


MA, English, 2004

Austin Peay University


BS, Business Administration – Finance, 1997

University of South Carolina



Recent Presentations

Wooten, C.A., Messier, J., Fernandez, L. & Meeks, K. (2019, July). Building public writing programs at diverse institutions (panel), Council of Writing Program Administrators, Baltimore, MD.

Fernandez, L., & Shafer, L. (2019, March). Distributing accountability: Meeting the needs of students, researchers, and knowledge-making in technical communication, Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, Pittsburgh, PA.

Fernandez, L. (2019, March). Spotlight session: Methods for emerging researchers in rhetoric and composition (roundtable), Conference on College Composition and Communication, Pittsburgh, PA.

Fernandez, L., Matthews, J., & Messier, J. (2018, June). Reaching for common ground: Professional development within and across the disciplines (panel), International Writing Across the Curriculum conference, Auburn, AL.

Fernandez, L. (2018, June). Ontologizing campus sexual assault: the role of university administrators in the rhetoric of sexual assault, Rhetoric Society of America, Minneapolis, MN.

Fernandez, L. (2018, May). Accounting for how things work: An approach to using procedural rhetoric as method, Computers and Writing, Fairfax, VA.

Fernandez, L. & McGregor, B. (2018, March). Writing faculty perceptions of student veterans, in Putting policy into practice: Teaching writing across the military-civilian divide (roundtable), Conference on College Composition and Communication, Kansas City, MO.

Fernandez, L. (2017, November). “One in five women become victims of campus sexual assault”: How statistics perpetuate controversy in rape reporting, National Communication Association pre-conference, Dallas, TX.

Fernandez, L., McGregor, B., & Michiels, P. (2017, July). Digital faculty development hubs: If we build it, will they come? Council of Writing Program Administrators, Knoxville, TN.

Matthews, J., Fernandez, L., Messier, J. Lister, L., & Liberatore, S. (2017, July). Learning communities: Leveraging external funding for faculty-driven professional development, Council of Writing Program Administrators, Knoxville, TN.