As a program that advocates for embedded disciplinary writing practice, Mason WAC has been fortunate to coordinate with a variety programs and offices across the campus, as well as develop relationships with a number of nationally recognized projects. Here are a few notable collaborations:
Resources at Mason
The mission of George Mason University’s Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning is to provide leadership in promoting, supporting, and celebrating educational excellence. We pursue our mission through working with Mason faculty to enhance their skills as educators, as reflective practitioners in their disciplines, and as scholars in teaching, learning and research. The Stearns Center seeks to promote a climate of shared intellectual exploration and openness and to advocate for academic initiatives related to educational and faculty enhancement. The Stearns Center collaborates with academic, academic support, administrative, and University Life offices to offer resources and support to faculty from across the Mason community at all stages of their academic careers, including graduate students, part-time faculty, and full-time faculty.
The Composition Program at George Mason University serves nearly 8,000 students a year via three writing-intensive courses: English 100, English 101, and English 302. In all three courses, students are encouraged to see writing as a social, imaginative, multifaceted action. Writers create texts that attend to particular cultural and academic contexts and that meet the expectations of particular audiences. Our faculty help students attend to their writing throughout an extended, recursive process of drafting, revising, and editing.
The Provost and Executive Vice President is the university’s chief academic officer, charged by the Board of Visitors and the President with overseeing all aspects of education, research, and public engagement of the university.
Mason Core is Mason’s general education curriculum. It seeks to create a common foundation upon which every student’s disciplinary knowledge is built. The program places emphasis on writing and communication development.
The Writing Center provides the primary support to student writers on Mason’s campuses. WAC and the Writing Center frequently coordinate to facilitate ongoing conversations about writing at Mason.
Mason WAC’s faculty are active in a variety of professional organizations and projects across the United States.
The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) supports and promotes the teaching and study of college composition and communication by 1) sponsoring meetings and publishing scholarly materials for the exchange of knowledge about composition, composition pedagogy, and rhetoric; 2) supporting a wide range of research on composition, communication, and rhetoric; 3) working to enhance the conditions for learning and teaching college composition and to promote professional development; and 4) acting as an advocate for language and literacy education nationally and internationally.
The Council of Writing Program Administrators is a national association of college and university faculty with professional responsibilities for (or interests in) directing writing programs. Members include directors of freshman composition, undergraduate writing, WAC/WID/CAC, and writing centers, as well as department chairs, division heads, deans, and so on.
The International Network of Writing-across-the Curriculum Programs (INWAC) is an informal community of teachers, researchers, and institutions. All of us are involved in some way with the development of writing across the curriculum (WAC) and in disciplines (WID) locally, regionally, nationally, or internationally. Since November 2006, INWAC entered a partnerhsip with the WAC Clearinghouse to support individuals and programs around the world with the following:
- an online forum for ideas, issues, and practices related to WAC and WID
- access to new and previously-published books and articles
- a database of member-authored information about WAC/WID activities, projects, and programs at sites around the world
- annual meetings at which members can come together to discuss and share concerns and practices
- a directory of consultants in WAC/WID