Innovative Resources and Reflections on Writing Instruction at Mason


  • Tom Polk Writing Across the Curriculum, GMU
  • Emily Chambers Writing Across the Curriculum, GMU



student writing, pedagogy


Reflecting this yearââ¬â¢s conference proposal guidelines to highlight creative and reflective learning across the disciplines, the presenters seek to reflect upon the wealth of writing instruction available at Mason.à Drawing on an innovative, yearlong review of Writing Intensive (WI) course syllabi by Masonââ¬â¢s Writing Across the Curriculum program, the presenters wish to highlight their findings from evaluating 109 of the most recent WI course syllabi.à Further, the presenters wish to share writing assignments and syllabi from a proposed bank of the same, a digitized record of these rich resources.


The presenters examined syllabi using Masonââ¬â¢s Writing Across the Curriculumââ¬â¢s course criteria, and they wish to present their main findings. This course evaluation highlights the tremendous innovation on George Masonââ¬â¢s campus and the possibility for further conversation about writing instruction. Instructors across multiple fields will be able to re-invigorate their writing instruction using these rich resources, even if they do not teach WI courses.à The presenters propose that this presentation and associated resources will foreshadow future innovations in writing instruction.àà

Author Biographies

Tom Polk, Writing Across the Curriculum, GMU

Assistant Director for theàWriting Across the Curriculum ProgramàatàGeorge Mason University

Emily Chambers, Writing Across the Curriculum, GMU

GRA for the Writing Across the Curriculum Program at George Mason University






4:15pm-5:30pm POSTER SESSION (Group A- 4:15-4:45pm)