Ryan McDonald

Ryan McDonald

Ryan McDonald

Assistant Professor

Composition: composition and writing center pedagogy

Ryan McDonald joined George Mason University as an assistant professor in 2018. He received his MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from GMU and his BA in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His writing has appeared in the Normal School, the Rumpus, Catapult, and elsewhere. He teaches Composition and Reading and Writing About Texts.

Selected Publications

McDonald, R. “A Review of Steven Church’s I’m Just Getting to the Disturbing Part.Brevity. 2018.

McDonald, R. “A Normal Interview: Ryan McDonald Talks with Steven Church.” The Normal School Online. 2018

McDonald, R. “The Coal Mine Makes a Good Lake: Fossil Fuels, Renewable Energy, and Our Efforts To Warm and Cool.” Catapult. 2018.

McDonald, R. “500 Years of Sugaring.” 1966. 2018.

McDonald, R. “The Darkness All Around Us.” The Rumpus. 2017.

McDonald, R. “For You and I to See: Shenandoah National Park.” The Normal School Online.

McDonald, R. “One Fat Toad and Many Moths.” Animal: a Beast of a Literary Magazine. 

McDonald, R. “Under the Bridge.” The Bitchin’ Kitsch, 2016.

Courses Taught

ENGH 101: Composition

ENGH 201: Reading and Writing About Texts


MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing, George Mason University

BA in English, University of Massachusetts Amherst