About Jessie Matthews

Although I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, I’ve become a “DC Girl” by virtue of education and career. I earned my PhD in American literature from The George Washington University in 2005, and have been teaching introductory and advanced composition and literature at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia (Go Patriots!) since 2002. I became assistant director of the Composition Program in 2006, and promoted to associate director in 2012.

I have spent much of my career at Mason specializing in online pedagogy and course design. I won the first Distance Education Faculty Outstanding Achievement Award in 2012, and from 2019 to 2020, I served as the Faculty Fellow for the Online Course Re-Design Academy for Mason’s Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning.

Before coming to George Mason, I served as a program assistant to the EDSITEment project, the educational website of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It was at NEH that I became intrigued by the way in which educators could use digital media to enhance classroom instruction.


2010 – 2022 Composition Courses: ENGH 302MAdvanced Composition (Multidisciplinary); ENGH 302B, Advanced Composition (Business); and ENGH 302H, Advanced Composition (Humanities), in f2f, online, and Active Learning Classroom learning platforms.

2011 – 2018 Literature Courses: ENGH 201, Reading and Writing About Texts, online; ENGH 309, The Popular Romance Novel (Spring 2015 and 2017), ENGH 202 Marriage Plots (Fall 2013), ENGH 202 Why Women Read Romance (Fall & Spring 2011, Spring 2013)

HEADER IMAGE: Green Slippers (1918). Sir William Russell Flint (Scottish 1880-1969)

A young woman reads in green slippers on the beach beside the sheltered waters of the Gareloch on the Roseneath peninsula in the borderland between the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland, where Flint in 1918 painted a number of pictures during his periods of leave from the Royal Air Force. He was stationed on the lower Clyde and found the stretches of water on the Gareloch idyllic for painting.