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Gary Peter

Lecturer

178 Pillsbury Dr SE
259 Burton Hall

612/626-0433

Office Hours:
Fall 2017
Tuesdays 2-4; Thursdays 1-3; and by appointment

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M.F.A., Sarah Lawrence College, Creative Writing (fiction)
J.D., William Mitchell College of Law
B.S.W./B.A., cum laude, University of St. Thomas
Additional Graduate Studies in Writing and Composition Theory, University of Minnesota and University of Iowa Writers Workshop

Peter

Areas of Interest

Academic Writing and Rhetoric
ACMA Program
Creative Writing
First Year Studies
American Literature
Law and Citizenship
Law in Popular Culture

Profile

I've been at the University of Minnesota since 2002 and have taught courses in American literature, law and citizenship, law in popular culture, and research and writing. I have also taught in CEHD's First Year Experience (FYE) program, including developing team-taught, multidisciplinary courses and also teaching in several of our learning communities. In addition, I am currently the faculty coordinator for OLPD's Accelerated Master's (ACMA) program. Before starting my teaching career I worked as an attorney for the Supreme Court of Iowa, practiced corporate and municipal law, and then spent many years in the legal publishing industry. Before coming to the University of Minnesota I taught composition, creative writing, and business communications at the Loft Literary Center, Metropolitan State University, the University of St. Thomas, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.  

I am also a fiction writer. I have received fellowships for my writing from the McKnight and Jerome Foundations, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Loft Literary Center. I have been an artist in residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Hambidge Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Arte Studio Ginestrelle in Assisi, Italy, and at the American Academy in Rome. I've published my short stories in numerous magazines and I recently completed a novel about growing up on a dairy farm. Most recently, my short fiction collection, Oranges, won the 2016 New Rivers Press Many Voices Project competition and will be published in Fall 2018. 

Courses Taught

  • Writing in the Workplace for Education and Human Development Majors
  • Project-Based Writing for Education and Human Development Majors
  • First-Year Inquiry -- Multidisciplinary Ways of Knowing
  • Freshman Seminar -- Reflections of Justice: Images of the Law in Literature, Film, and Popular Culture
  • Multicultural Contexts: Engaging Citizenship and Democracy
  • Stories of Self and Community: Multicultural Perspectives
  • MA Research Seminar

Selected Publications

  1. Peter, G. (2014). Teaching a writing intensive law and popular culture freshman seminar. In M. Asimow, K. Brown & D.R. Papke (Eds.), Law and Popular Culture: International Perspectives (pp. 383-399). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  2. Stebleton, M., Jensen, M., & Peter, G. (2010). Enhancing student engagement in a multidisciplinary, first-year experience course. College Teaching Methods and Styles Journal, 6, 1-6.

  3. Stebleton, M.J., Peter, G., & Jensen, M. (2010). Promoting student engagement in a large first- year inquiry program: Keys to success. E-Source for College Transitions, 7(6). National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

Selected Presentations

  1. Peter, G., Delehanty Kelly, M., Harrison, K.C., & Cory, K. (2015, February). Deepening student learning through multidisciplinary assignments in a learning community. Presentation at the Focusing on the First-Year Experience Conference, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

  2. Peter, G., Delehanty Kelly, M., & Harrison, K.C. (2014, February). Deepening student learning through multidisciplinary assignments in a learning community. Presentation at the meeting of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition Conference, San Diego, CA.

  3. Peter, G. (2013, June). Teaching a writing intensive law and popular culture freshman seminar. Presentation at the meeting of the International Perspectives: Law and Popular Culture Conference, Tilburg University, the Netherlands. 

  4. Cory, K., Delehanty Kelly, M., Lee, A., Peter, G., Wambach, C., & Williams, R. (2013, February). Community, college, classroom: creating a vibrant and sustainable common book program. Presentation at the meeting of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition Conference, Orlando, FL. 

  5. Peter, G., & Jensen M. (2011, February). Evaluating group video projects in relation to University of Minnesota student learning  outcomes. Presentation at the meeting of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition Conference, Atlanta, GA.

  6. Peter, G., & Jensen, M. (2011, February). “iPads for all.” Presentation at the meeting of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition Conference, Atlanta, GA.

  7. Stebleton, M.J., Peter, G., & Jensen, M. (2010, February). Food for thought...and action: A multidisciplinary approach to the first-year inquiry. Presentation at the meeting of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition Conference, Denver, CO.

  8. Updated March 9, 2017