Meg J. Petersen

Professor of English; 2000 Distinguished Teaching Award

BA, Franklin Pierce College; PhD, University of New Hampshire

Phone:  (603) 535-2684
Office: Ellen Reed 17

Meg Petersen is the Director of the National Writing Project in New Hampshire, and teaches courses in writing, writing pedagogy, and English teaching.  She coordinates the graduate programs in English education, including certification in English for grades 5-12 and the Teaching of Writing program.  She is also a consultant to the National Writing Project in Santo Domingo and coordinates cross-cultural programs in Santo Domingo and Costa Rica.  Her academic interests include teacher research, writing pedagogy, race and culture in classrooms, and teachers’ writing.

Selected publications/presentations/exhibitions

Taller de Escritura Creativa XV Feria del Libro de Santo Domingo  April 27, 2012

“Teacher Leadership through the National Writing Project” NH Journal of Education Volume 15, Spring 2012, 52-60.

“Some Other Race:  Racial Categories and the Dominican Diaspora” Phati’tude Literary Magazine: WHAT’S IN A NOMBRE? Writing Latin@ Identity in America Volume 3 Winter 2012

“The Literary Map of Santo Domingo”  National Writing Project (Web Publication)

Book Review: “Making it Messy: A Review of Rethinking Rubrics”  The WAC Journal 2009

“Shadow People and Shared History” Sargasso: Quisqueya: The República Extended 2008-09 II

Mapping our City with Stories and Histories, Urban Sites Conference of the National Writing Project, Boston, MA April 30, 2011

Edición y Análisis de La Escritura Universidad APEC, Santo Domingo, DR, November 29, 2010.

Enfrentando El Proceso Creativo (with Farah Hallal) Ministerio de Cultura de La Republica Dominicana, Santo Domingo, DR, November 26, 2010

Composing Comics (with Jenifer Pellerin) National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference, Orlando, FL,  November 21, 2010

Awards or recognition:

September 2008- June 2009 Fulbright Scholar  Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Research into the teaching of writing in Dominican schools and work with Dominican teachers in the area of writing pedagogy, and the formation of a Dominican Writing Project.

Graduate Distinguished Teaching Award, Plymouth State University, 2006

Undergraduate Distinguished Teaching Award, Plymouth State University, 2000

Courses Taught

Composition (linked to First Year Seminar)
Creative Writing
Introduction to English Teaching
Teaching Writing in the Secondary School


Teacher Action Research
Theory and Practice of Teaching Writing in the Secondary Schools
Leadership in Teaching Writing
Leadership in Urban Schools
Writing across the Curriculum
Writing Project Practicum