Lourdes Fernandez

Lourdes Fernandez

Lourdes Fernandez

Assistant Professor

Writing and Rhetoric: writing program administration, professional writing, composition

Lourdes Fernandez serves as Assistant Director for Advanced Composition; she teaches composition, advanced composition, and professional and technical writing for the English Department. She is a PhD candidate in the Writing & Rhetoric program at George Mason University; her research interests include the rhetorics of institutional responses to public problems, the rhetorics of research methods, and rhetorics of sexual assault.

Selected Publications

Lussos, R. G. & Fernandez, L. (2018). Assault and accusation without agents: Verb voice in media narratives of campus sexual assault. Journal of Mason Graduate Research (JMGR), 5(2).

McGregor, Bree A., & Fernandez, Lourdes. (2017). Writing faculty on the Marine Corps base: Building strong classroom communities through engagement and advocacy. Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning 16(2), 129-150.


Graduate Certificate, Professional Writing and Editing

George Mason University, 2008


MA, English, 2004

Austin Peay University


BS, Business Administration – Finance, 1997

University of South Carolina



Recent Presentations

Fernandez, L., Matthews, J., & Messier, J. (2018, June). Reaching for common ground: Professional development within and across the disciplines (panel), International Writing Across the Curriculum conference, Auburn, AL.

Fernandez, L. (2018, June). Ontologizing campus sexual assault: the role of university administrators in the rhetoric of sexual assault, Rhetoric Society of America, Minneapolis, MN.

Fernandez, L. (2018, May). Accounting for how things work: An approach to using procedural rhetoric as method, Computers and Writing, Fairfax, VA.

Fernandez, L. & McGregor, B. (2018, March). Writing faculty perceptions of student veterans, in Putting policy into practice: Teaching writing across the military-civilian divide (roundtable), Conference on College Composition and Communication, Kansas City, MO.

Fernandez, L. (2017, November). “One in five women become victims of campus sexual assault”: How statistics perpetuate controversy in rape reporting, National Communication Association pre-conference, Dallas, TX.

Fernandez, L., McGregor, B., & Michiels, P. (2017, July). Digital faculty development hubs: If we build it, will they come? Council of Writing Program Administrators, Knoxville, TN.

Matthews, J., Fernandez, L., Messier, J. Lister, L., & Liberatore, S. (2017, July). Learning communities: Leveraging external funding for faculty-driven professional development, Council of Writing Program Administrators, Knoxville, TN.