Sarah E Rickless (formerly Baker)

Sarah E Rickless (formerly Baker)

Sarah E Rickless (formerly Baker)

Senior Instructor

Writing and Rhetoric

Sarah E. Rickless (formerly Baker) has been teaching introductory (ENGH 101) and advanced (ENGH 302) composition at Mason since 2007, as well as having multiple years of experience as a GMU Writing Center tutor.  She has taught international undergraduate and graduate students in the INTO Mason Pathways programs as well as ENGH 100, composition for multilingual writers. Her professional interests and scholarship have included writing assessment, writing in online spaces, and mentorship.  Her current research is in the area of professional development for K-12 teachers around writing and the teaching of writing.

She was Director of the Northern Virginia Writing Project from 2014 to 2019 (an affiliate of the National Writing Project), and was assistant director and interim director of Mason's nationally recognized Writing Across the Curriculum Program for the prior nine years.  

Selected Publications


Uncovering Challenges and Pedagogical Complications in Dissertation Writing and Supervisory Practices: Findings from a Multi-method Study of Doctoral Students and Advisers. Rogers, Paul, Zawacki, Terry Myers, & Baker, Sarah E. in Graduate Writing Support: Research, Pedagogy, and Program Design. Eds. Steve Simpson, Michelle Cox, Nigel Caplan, & Talinn Phillips. University of Michigan Press, 2015 (in press)

Voices at the Table: Balancing the Needs and Wants of Program Stakeholders to Design a Value-added Writing Assessment Plan. Zawacki, Terry Myers, Reid, E. Shelley, Zhou, Ying, & Baker, Sarah E. (2009, December 3). Across the Disciplines [Special issue on Writing Across the Curriculum and Assessment],

Written Communication Assessment Update 2007-10, In Focus (Mason Office of Institutional Assessment), 2010

Reviews: The Academic Writer’s Workbook, Sage Publications (2011); Bedford Guide for Writing Tutors, Fourth Edition, Bedford/St. Martins (2008)


Blurring the Lines: What the National Writing Project Model Can (Continue To) Teach College WAC, International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, 2016 (forthcoming)

Using Theory Shifting to Construct a Sustainable Program Narrative, International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, 2014

Pilot Writing Fellows Program for Business Communication and Multilingual Writers, International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, 2014

The Shifting Landscape of Graduate Student Writing in and across Disciplines, Writing Research Across Borders Conference, 2014

Narratives of Leadership in Internationalized Higher Education, NAFSA Region VIII Conference, 2013

Symbiosis Under Scrutiny: The Strength of WAC Agency, International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, 2010

Sustaining Faculty Integration of New Technologies: The TAC/WAC Learning Communities at George Mason University, Educause Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, 2009

A Wiki on Every Desktop, International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, 2008

“Will My Story Bring Change…?” Reflections by Non-Native Student-Writers Help Reinvent the U.S. Academy, Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2008

Visual Praxis across the Disciplines, George Washington University Graduate Symposium, 2007

Courses Taught

English 100, composition for multilingual writers

English 101, composition

English 302, advanced composition in the disciplines (H, S, M, and N versions; f2f, hybrid, online)

English 121/122 (INTO Mason, undergraduate)

EAP 507/508 (INTO Mason, graduate)

Peer tutoring in the disciplines


Baccalaureat A1 (philosophy/mathematics), Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle, London, UK

BA, English (comparative literature), Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

MA, Teaching of Writing and Literature, George Mason University

Doctoral student, Writing and Rhetoric, George Mason University (2013-2019)