I’m the Associate Director of Composition for Multilingual Writers at George Mason University. I also serve as the English department liaison to Mason’s branch campus in Songdo, South Korea & to INTO Mason’s graduate and undergraduate pathway programs for international students provisionally-admitted to Mason.
I received a BA in English with a concentration in Cultural Studies, and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from George Mason University. My MFA thesis, which I hope to continue working on someday, is titled “A Block from Bliss Street: Growing up as a child of the Lebanese civil war.” I am currently working on a transrhetorical dissertation project that aims to explore and theorize the impact of individual experiences of trauma and displacement on translingual identities and languaging practices.
I served as the Associate Director of the Mason Writing Center for five years until I transitioned to my current position as Associate Director of Composition for Multilingual Writers. My research and publications have focused on the experiences of multilingual writers adapting to the expectations of the U.S. academy, faculty perceptions of writing by multilingual students, and designing writing courses that are attuned to the diverse needs of linguistically-diverse populations.
I’m the Associate Editor of the blog Connecting Writing Centers Across Borders, a blog of WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship. In this role, I produce and co-host the blog’s podcast Slow Agency. I also oversee the co-editing of articles tackling writing center issues in the African region.
I’m a doctoral student in the Writing & Rhetoric program at George Mason University. My research focuses on writing center and program administration within African contexts, multilingualism, writing across the disciplines (WAC), digital rhetoric and digital literacy and postcolonialism.
In other work, I teach composition and writing for research courses for undergraduate and graduate students, develop writing course curriculum, and create digital content for faculty development purposes.
During my MA in Linguistics from the University of Virginia, my BA in Organizational Communication at Mason, and my Associate Degree in Communication, I fell in love with writing centers which deepened my love for writing.
I joined the Connecting Writing Centers Across Borders blog as Production Editor in June 2020. My initial responsibilities included leading the blog site’s renovation and managing the Covid-19 section. Since then, as the Assistant Editor, my work has morphed into a few areas: site maintenance, submission review and publishing, and communication.
Professionally, I am a full-time Writing & Teaching Consultant in the Writing Center at Bucknell University. I support writers and teachers of writing. I received a Doctor of Education from the Warner School of Education, University of Rochester in May 2023. My dissertation research focused on the experiences of writing consultants who were graduate students themselves and worked with graduate students. I also hold a M.Ed in Teaching English as a Second Language and a M.A.T in Chinese.