Dr. Leah Peterson

Dr. Leah Peterson

Title: Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, Assessment Coordinator
Department: College of Education
Email:
Phone: 985.448.4320
Office Location: 242 Polk Hall

Education:
B.S., Human Performance Education & Certification in English Education, Nicholls State University
M.S., Higher Education and Administration, Nicholls State University
D.Ed., Higher Education Leadership, Northcentral University

Professional position or role within the College of Education:
Dr. Peterson is responsible for the following components:

  • Administering and maintaining the College of Education’s assessment system.
  • Collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data at the unit, department and program levels (undergraduate and graduate).
  • Producing assessment reports to be used by the Dean, department heads, and program faculty.
  • Setting up and maintaining the college’s Exhibit Center.
  • Coordinating assessment efforts to meet national, regional, and local accreditation standards.
  • Additional duties include, but are not limited to, providing training and daily assistance for candidates, faculty, staff, supervising teachers, and mentors within LiveText.”

Accomplishments in relation to professional occupational field:

  • Publications
    • 2013 Block, E., Burt, A., Papa, T., Peterson, L., Stall, G., & Theriot, A. (2013). An innovative approach to observational field experiences in higher education. Creative Education, 3, 1409-1418.
  • Grants
    • 2013 Value-Added Grant
    • 2011 Nicholls State University ITS Grant – $40,000 for IWB’s
  • Presentations
    • Louisiana Assessment Conference & LiveText Users Group
    • Nicholls State University Center for Advancement of Faculty Engagement (CAFE)
    • LiveText Assessment & Collaboration Conference
  • Professional Affiliations
    • Golden Key Honor Society
    • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
    • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

What are some interesting facts about yourself?
“I played Division I softball at Nicholls State University from 2003-2007 where I became the all time leader in doubles in a game, doubles in a season, and career doubles. I also finished as 4th in career total bases, 5th in career RBI’s and total hits while earning All-LSWA first team honors at third base in 2006 and 2007. While earning my Master’s, I was an assistant softball coach for the Nicholls State Softball Team from 2007-2010.”

Complete one of the following statements: “My dream job other than teaching at Nicholls would be…” -OR- “My future career aspirations include…”
“My dream job other than teaching at Nicholls would most likely be something related to writing. I would love to work at my own pace constructing poetry, short-stories, or even helping others with grant opportunities just to pursue my love of writing.”

Answer one of the following questions: If you were to win the lottery, what would you do with the winnings? -OR- If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
“If I were to win the lottery, the first thing I would do is pay back my parents for the long-running tab I have accumulated with them. Then I would love to buy my family members each something special like my dad a new boat, my mom a condo on the beach, and my brother a house overlooking Audubon Park in New Orleans. I would certainly pay off my own debt, then I would love to donate money to a local shelter to help rescue dogs. I would also love to be able to travel!”

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