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Margene Petersen

Margene Petersen

Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of English and Philosophy
Office: 5016 MacAlister Hall


  • MA, Art Education, Rhode Island School of Design, 1998
  • MA, Foreign Language Education with emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language, Ohio State University, 1987
  • BA, Studio Arts with a minor in History - East Asian Studies, Augsburg College, 1979


I am currently a full-time assistant teaching professor in the Department of English and Philosophy at Drexel University and teach in the First-year Writing Program (FWP). I specialize in English as a Second Language (ESL) and I have a particular interest in the learning styles and strategies of non-native speakers of English. In addition to teaching in the FWP, I have taught ESL at the English Language Center intensive language program at Drexel including presentation skills and academic English. I recently relocated from Oak Park, IL where I was a college advisor for six years to native and non-native students.

In addition to teaching, I enjoy making pottery and stained glass. I am also actively involved in professional development for ESL educators and have been selected as one of the Team Leaders for the 2012 TESOL Convention to be held in Philadelphia.

Favorite authors and/or books: Books-Banned books; Authors-Rita Mae Brown, J.K. Rowling, Harper Lee

Favorite Musical Artists? Adele, Lady Gaga, Indigo Girls

Personal Interests and Hobbies: I love to bake, garden, go to art museums and create stained glass and ceramics and read a good mystery book.

Favorite TV Show: Star Trek and CSI

One thing that makes me smile is: My ten-year old daughter playing violin.

A Pet Peeve is: People who throw litter on the ground.

One hidden talent is: Fixing things.

One reason I like my job is: I enjoy learning along with my students.