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 also teaches professional and academic writing in the English department. Tom regularly facilitates professional development events on writing-enriched teaching and learning and has published on assignment design, mentoring, and research methodologies in writing studies. His scholarship appears in College Composition and Communication, WAC Journal,  Across the Disciplines among other venues. His current research project draws on a critical literacies lens to understand student experiences with writing across the curriculum, particularly in authentic or experiential learning environments. This project specifically focuses on the proposal writing practices of students applying for undergraduate research fellowships and considers how evaluation, mentoring, and networks mediate access to these programs. 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.

Tim Lilley

Faculty Fellow, Writing Across the Curriculum

Tim Lilley teaches English Composition (ENGH) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at INTO Mason. He also coordinates our EAP courses which support STEM studies. These offer language support to students enrolled in STEM courses or programs.

Tim has enjoyed working with international students for some time. After his undergraduate studies in the US, he worked in several locations overseas. Following graduate studies in Sydney, Australia, Tim remained overseas for a few years before returning to the US and joining George Mason University. His professional areas of interest include social linguistics, writing and rhetoric, and faculty development. Tim’s committee memberships include undergraduate / graduate pathways curriculum development, faculty professional development and writing across the curriculum (WAC).