Before coming to George Mason University, Tom coordinated the writing center at Bowie State University in Maryland where his work focused on developing the campus’ writing culture. He previously had taught Composition at Howard Community College in Maryland and Cape Fear Community College in North Carolina. His favorite part of being an educator is working with his students and tutors and helping them to grow personally and professionally. Tom earned an M.A. from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington and an M.S. from Johns Hopkins University. His scholarly interests include writing centers, assessment, and noncognitive aspects of writing. He has also conducted research on the relationships between music and composition.