Dr. Leah Peterson

Title: Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, Assessment Coordinator
Department: College of Education
Email: leah.peterson@nicholls.edu
Office Phone: 985-448-4320
Office Location: 242 Dr. O Cleveland Hill Hall


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



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.”

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!”



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.


2013 Value-Added Grant
2011 Nicholls State University ITS Grant – $40,000 for IWB’s


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)