Dr. Michael Petersen is an English professor who spends each day, both in and out of the classroom, teaching and guiding students to become better thinkers and better writers, to appreciate literature, and to achieve whatever educational goals they have set out for themselves.

His love of literature is obvious and inspiring not only to the students who take his classes, but to those who are a part of the Great Books program, the Great Books Student Society, an academic club that encourages students to read more, think critically, and develop a love for books. The Great Books Symposium Journal, which is one of the only two-year college academic journals in the country created, is composed, peer reviewed, and edited by students.

Dr. Petersen also exposes his students to things like the Shakespeare Theater, which he has been taking students to since the mid-nineties – a unique experience for students who may not have had the opportunity to see live theater before.

As one of his students put it, “Professor Petersen is consistent, caring, and passionate about student engagement and academic success. His care for his students’ academic and personal growth goes beyond the club and the classroom, because he wants everyone to achieve well-rounded success.”

In the spring of 2018, Dr. Petersen received the faculty/staff Luminary Award for Wright College – watch this quick video to learn more about Dr. Petersen.

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