WAC Faculty & Staff

Thomas Polk

Acting Director, Writing Across the Curriculum
Innovation Hall, Room 433

Thomas Polk serves as Acting Director of Writing Across the Curriculum at George Mason University where he is also a doctoral candidate in Writing and Rhetoric. His current research uses the lens of academic literacies to understand student experiences with writing across the curriculum, particularly in experiential learning environments. His dissertation focuses this lens on the proposal writing practices of students applying for undergraduate research fellowships and considers how evaluation, mentoring, and networks mediate access to these programs. Other research interests include writing assignment design, faculty development, research methodologies, and style pedagogies. Prior to working at Mason, he coordinated the writing center at Bowie State University.

Emily R. C. Staudt

Graduate Assistant Director, Writing Across the Curriculum

Emily R. C. Staudt currently serves as Graduate Assistant Director of the Writing Across the Curriculum Program and teaches academic writing in the English department. Her current research focuses on teacher professional development and growth, especially among new teachers and Teaching Assistants. Recent research has focused on the role of reflection in new teacher development, networks of influence for Composition teaching assistants, and writing program administration. Emily served as the graduate Writing Program Administrator for Mason’s Composition program for the past two years; prior to working at Mason, she taught sixth grade English.