College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Jennifer Ann Messier

Jennifer Ann Messier

Jennifer Ann Messier

Assistant Director, Composition

Writing and Rhetoric: composition theory and pedagogy, writing program administration, labor and professionalization

As the Assistant Director of Composition, Jennifer Messier assists in overseeing the first-year writing program and in supporting new writing instruction faculty. In the ten years that she has been at Mason, she has taught a variety of writing courses. She currently teaches both first-year and advanced composition. Jennifer earned her BA in English at Oswego State University and her MFA in Creative Writing at George Mason University. She is now a PhD candidate in Mason's Writing & Rhetoric program. Her dissertation examines the professional/pedagogical changes that contingent faculty members experience following their participation in a professional learning community.

Courses Taught

English 101: Composition (+hybrid)
English 201: Reading and Writing about Texts
English 302: Advanced Composition (+online)
English 388: Professional and Technical Writing
English 396: Introduction to Creative Writing

Recent Presentations

"Learning Communities: Leveraging External Funding for Faculty-Driven Professional Development" (w/ J. Matthews, L. Fernandez). Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) Annual Conference, Knoxville, TN, 2017.

"The Faculty Learning Community: Reigniting Faculty Learning through Peer-to-Peer Teaching and Institutional Collaboration" (w/ J. Matthews, L. Fernandez, L. Lister, S. Liberatore). Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2017.