Gary Peter

Senior Teaching Specialist
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Contact:

Postsecondary Teaching & Learning
259 Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Dr S E
T: (612) 626-0433
peter901@umn.edu

Office Hours:

Fall 2014: Mondays/Wednesdays 2-3, Tuesdays/Thursdays 10-11 and by appointment

Credentials:

Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing (Fiction), Sarah Lawrence College

Juris Doctor, William Mitchell College of Law

Bachelor of Social Work/Bachelor of Arts (Journalism), University of St. Thomas

Additional Graduate Studies in Writing and Composition Theory, University of Minnesota and University of Iowa Writers Workshop
Curriculum Vitae

What motivates me in my work?

My multidisciplinary educational background and professional experience gives me a unique opportunity to help students become critical thinkers and communicators in a number of areas—whether it is an important Supreme Court case we are debating, a poem or short story we are working to understand, or exploring effective ways to share our ideas with others through writing.

What can students expect from me?

I believe in a collaborative classroom environment where students learn from each other, and I learn from my students. Students can expect to take responsibility for their own learning through leading discussions and making presentations, participating in mock trials, and other hands on activities. We won’t always find the “right” answer, but we’ll often discover that the journey to get there is often the most rewarding (and fun) part of our work together.   

Courses

PsTL 3325W Project-Based Writing for Education and Human Development Majors

PsTL 1525W First-Year Inquiry --  Multidisciplinary Ways of Knowing

PsTL 1908W Freshman Seminar -- Reflections of Justice: Images of the Law in Literature, Film, and Popular Culture

PsTL 1246 Multicultural Contexts: Engaging Citizenship and Democracy

PsTL 1366 Stories of Self and Community: Multicultural Perspectives

More about me

I've been at the University of Minnesota since 2002 and I currently teach courses in American literature, law and citizenship, law in popular culture, and research and writing for CEHD majors. I have also taught in PsTL’s First Year Experience (FYE) program, including developing  team-taught, multidisciplinary courses and also teaching in several of our learning communities. 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 U of M 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 Millay Colony for the Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Hambidge Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and at the Arte Studio Ginestrelle in Assisi, Italy. I've published my short stories in numerous magazines and I recently completed a novel about growing up on a dairy farm. My short fiction collection, Oranges, was recently named a finalist in the 2013 New Rivers Press Many Voices Project competition. 

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. Retrieved December 29, 2010 from http://u101tech.sa.sc.edu/NRC/esource/web/pdf/ES_7-6_Jul10.pdf

Selected Presentations

  1. Peter, G., Delehanty Kelly, M., & Harrison, K.C. (2014, Feb.). 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.

  2. 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. 

  3. Cory, K., Delehanty Kelly, M., Lee, A., Peter, G., Wambach, C., & Williams, R. (2013, Feb.). 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. 

  4. Peter, G., & Jensen M. (2011, Feb.). 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.

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

  6. Stebleton, M.J., Peter, G., & Jensen, M. (2010, Feb.). 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.

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