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.

My current research interests include rhetoric/composition, distance learning pedagogies, and the romance novel.

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.

RECENT COURSES

2010 – 2016 Composition Courses: Advanced Composition (Multidisciplinary), ENGH 302M, Advanced Composition (Business) ENGH 302B, and Advanced Composition (Humanities) ENG 302H, in f2f, online, and Active Learning Classroom (SCALE-UP) learning platforms.

2011 – 2015 Literature Courses: ENGH 309, The Popular Romance Novel (Spring 2015), ENGH 202 Marriage Plots (Fall 2013), ENGH 202 Why Women Read Romance (Fall & Spring 2011, Spring 2013)

PUBLICATIONS

“Diana Gabaldon’s Excerpts and Daily Lines: When the First Read is a Re-Read.”Ed. Valerie Frankel. Adoring Outlander. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2016. Print.

Studying the Romance Reader, Then and Now: Rereading Janice Radway’s Reading the Romance.Journal of Popular Romance Studies 4.2 (Oct. 2014). Web.

PAPERS PRESENTED

“JoJo Moyes’ Me Before You Tests the Limits of the Romance Happy Ending.” To be presented at the Popular Culture Association National Conference, March, 2016, Seattle, WA.

“Romance as Propaganda: White Fantasy of Indian Love in the 19th-century ‘Civilize the American Indian’ Movement.” To be presented ate the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, June 2016.

“Lights, Camera, Adaptation: Outlander as Cable TVSeries,” to be presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, April 2015, New Orleans, LA.

“Teaching College Composition in the Active Learning Classroom: Learning from Failure, Learning from Innovation,” to be co-presented with Lisa Lister at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 2015.

“When the First Read is a Re-Read: How Excerpts and Daily Lines Are Changing the Romance Reading Experience,” presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, April 2014,  Chicago, IL.

“When Authors Won’t Die: Diana Gabaldon as Imperial Author in the Books and Writers Community Online Forum.” presented at the Popular Romance Author Symposium, Princeton University, October 2013.

“”Is Wrath Black?’: Reading Race in J. R. Ward’s Dark Lover,” presented at the Popular Culture Association Conference, Washington, DC. March, 2013.

“The Pleasure of Hating a Scene: Undecidability and the Beating Scene in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander,” presented at the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance Conference, York, England. September 2012.

“Using New Tools to Respond to Student Writing”: Presented with David Beach, Twila Johnson, and Joyce Johnston at the Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference, George Mason University, October 2010

“Classroom in an iPod: creating a course in Mason’s iTunes University.” Presented as part of a panel with Rick Reo and Shawn Miller of Learning Support Services. Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference, George Mason University. Fall 2009.

“It Takes a Village to Go Multimodal in the Composition Classroom.” To be presented as part of a panel, “Faculty 2.0:  Preparing Writing Instructors for New Media and Online Pedagogies”? with Shelley Reid and David Beach at the Seventh Biennial Thomas R. Watson Conference, University of Louisville, October 2008

“Teaching Podcasting in the College Composition Course: The Tech Behind the Text.” Computer Connection at the College Composition and Convention. New York, March 2007.

“’Dear Father’: Using the Letters of Luther Standing Bear to Teach My People the Sioux,” to be presented, Modern Language Association Conference, December 2006

“Rendering Melville Online.” Presentation on behalf of the National Endowment for the Humanities to the “Melville and Multiculturalism” Summer Institute for Teachers, Dr. Laurie Robertson-Lorant, Director, New Bedford, MA, July 2001.

“Now That We’ve Wired the Classroom, How Do We Turn on the Kids?” presented, Southeastern Conference of Community Colleges, Miami, FL, October 2000

“Herman Melville’s ‘Benito Cereno’ and Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game: Using Error to Teach Us the Error of Our Ways,” presented, Midwestern Conference on Film, Language and Literature, March 1999, and American Literature Association Conference, May 1999

“Conquering the Carlisle Way: Frances Campbell Sparhawk’s A Chronicle of Conquest,” presented, Western Literature Association Conference, October 1998

“Storyteller Lit: Teaching the American Short Story from the Native American Perspective,” presented, 12th Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States (MELUS), March, 1998

“Cogewea’s Other ‘Half’: Assessing Whiteness in Mourning Dove’s Cogewea, The Half-Blood,” presented, Western Literature Association Conference, October 1997 and American Women Writers of Color Conference, Salisbury State Univ., October 1997

“Kill the Indian and Save the Man?: Zitkala-Sa and the Boarding School Experience,” presented, Western Literature Conference and American Women Writers of Color Conference, October, 1996

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