Mason Gains National Exposure at WAC Conference

Posted: July 5, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A wide range of faculty and staff members at George Mason recently gained national recognition for their presentations at the Fifth National Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Conference: Writing, Teaching, and Learning in New Contexts, May 31 through June 2 at Indiana University.

New Century College professors Ashley Williams, Lesley Smith, and Virginia Montecino presented “Writing In and Across New Contexts” at the first session of the conference. Also on May 31, Christopher Thaiss, English, chaired a “Roundtable on WAC for the New Millennium,” which also included Williams and Terry Zawacki, director of the Writing Center. The discussion focused on the anthology WAC for the New Millennium, which will be published in August by the National Council of Teachers of English Press.

On June 1, five more faculty members made presentations. During the “Teaching Strategies to Improve Writing” session, Jeanne Sorrell, College of Nursing and Health Science, presented “Online Publishing as a Teaching Strategy in Nursing.” During the afternoon session “Online Writing Guides: Collaboration, Negotiation, and Politics Across the Curriculum,” Zawacki joined James Sanford, Psychology, and Joel Clark, Public and International Affairs, to present “Virtual Collaborations: Creating Online Writing Guides for Students in the Disciplines.”

Stanley Zoltek, Mathematics, was the last presenter for George Mason with “Using Collaborative Student Writing to Develop Multiple Contexts for Learning Computational Research Tools.”

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