Thomas Polk, PhD
Director, Writing Across the Curriculum
Innovation Hall, Room 433
Thomas Polk serves as the 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.
Graduate Assistant Director, Writing Across the Curriculum
Joan Hwang serves as Graduate Assistant Director of Writing Across the Curriculum and teaches academic writing in the English department. Her current research centers on the translingual pedagogy in writing classrooms, increasing audience awareness as a central rhetorical concept in writing curriculum and promoting trans/multimodality in writing instructions. Recent research has focused on making more visible the importance of teaching audience awareness in writing courses through combined pedagogical approaches from translingualism and multimodality. Prior to serving at Writing Across the Curriculum, Joan taught First-year writing courses and Advanced compositions at Mason for five years.
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).
Graduate Assistant, Writing Across the Curriculum
Esther Namubiru is a Graduate Assistant of Writing Across the Curriculum and teaches undergraduate courses in the English department. In the past, Esther has taught graduate and undergraduate academic-writing courses for non-native speakers of English and, as the 2018 Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning Fellow, designed curriculum to support faculty with multilingual writers in writing-intensive courses.
Esther’s current research investigates student writing and educator/stakeholder perceptions of this writing in educational programs/contexts outside the U.S. Her other research areas include language and identity, resilience and writing center administration, English and literacy discourse in non-western spaces, and community literacy.
In addition to her teaching, Esther is an Associate Editor of the blog Connecting Writing Centers Across Borders, a blog of WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship.