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 04

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 Proyecto de Escritura Nacional (PEN) in Santo Domingo and has coordinated 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

A University/Middle School Partnership: From Planning to Program Assessment (with Jennifer Desloges and PSU students) National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, St. Louis, MO, November, 2017

“The White Notebooks” in David, G. and Forbes, S. F.  (eds.) What does it Mean to be White in America?  2Leaf Press, 2016

RE-envisioning Standards-Based Education:  Lessons from the Dominican Republic New Hampshire Journal of Education,  Spring, 2016

Book Review: Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women National Writing Project (Web Publication: April 12, 2016)

Composing and Curriculum (with Megan Birch and Jean Robins) National Council of English Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA, November, 2016.

Integrating Advocacy: Critical Inquiry Units for Teacher Preparation (with Megan Birch) National Council of English Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA, November, 2016.

Building Teacher Leadership in a School District– a Collaborative Model across Various Schools National Writing Project Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, November 2015

Laying our stories down:   Reading Personal Narratives as Socio-Political Texts (with Megan Birch) National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference, Washington, DC November 22, 2014.

Using the Past to Reinvent the Future:  Critical Examination of Historical Artifacts in a Study of Place (with Jill Lawler) National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, Boston, MA November 21, 2013.

Deep Inquiry, Important Questions (with Megan Birch) Writers of Social Justice: How One Pen Can Change the World, 2013 Urban Sites Conference, Birmingham, AL.  April 27, 2013.

Teacher Stories:  Seeing our work, our students and ourselves”  New Hampshire Journal of Education,  Spring, 2015

Why Teachers’ Writing MattersTeachers, Professors, Writers Who Care:  A Blog Advocating for Authentic Writing Instruction Commission on Writing Teacher Education, September, 2014.

Creating a Culture for Learning in a High-Needs School  (Radio show) National Writing Project May 30, 2013

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)

“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

Awards or recognition:

September 2008- June 2009 and September 2015-June 2016, 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.

Autora Invitada de Honor XIX Feria de Libro Internacional Ministerio de Cultura, Gobierno de la Republica Dominicana  September, 2016

Denise Maslakowski Award for outreach in New Hampshire Schools, 2016 NH Eddy Awards for Higher Education

Stevens-Bristow Distinguished Professor 2014-2017 Plymouth State University

Honorable Mention Seacoast Writers Association Poetry Contest for “The Charlie Chaplain Look Alike Contest” 2010.

First Prize Seacoast Writers Association Poetry Contest for “Mother Watches Her Daughter Recover From a Suicide Attempt” 2008.

Featured Poet on the New Hampshire Poet Showcase October 13-27, 2006

Graduate Distinguished Teaching Award, Plymouth State University, 2006

Undergraduate Distinguished Teaching Award, Plymouth State University, 2000

Courses Taught

Introduction to English Teaching
Teaching Writing: Knowledge and Experience
Teaching Writing: Practice


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