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Heather Walker Peterson, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of English and Literature
Associate Professor of English

Ph.D. in English, Program in Composition and T.E.S.O.L, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.A. in Linguistics, University of North Dakota
B.A. in English with a Concentration in Writing, University of Northwestern-Saint Paul

Contact Information

Nazareth Hall, N3128
3003 Snelling Ave. N
St Paul, MN 55113


Heather Walker Peterson is interested in the ways in which language, written and spoken, influence spiritual identity in worship and in formational activities with children.

She writes for the websites humanepursuits.com and IVP’s The Well and is a member of Redbud Writers Guild and the Anselm Society of Colorado Springs. Many of her ideas are inspired by the questions and imaginative pondering of her two young daughters.

Specialty Areas

  • Linguistics
  • Grammar
  • Composition
  • Writing Theory and Ethics
  • Editing

Selected Accomplishments

Online Writing
“A Family Easter Vigil.” Humane Pursuits, March 23, 2016.

“Inhabiting the Psalms.” Humane Pursuits, August 26, 2015.

“A Letter to My Daughter: Your Femininity Doesn’t Limit You.” Humane Pursuits (chosen to be republished by a book for CruPress), April 22, 2015.

“Beauty, Art, and My Five-Year-Old-Daughter.” The Curator, November 21, 2014.

“Releasing the Helm: Loosening My Grip on My Students’ Learning.” Emerging Scholars Blog (InterVarsity’s Emerging Scholars Network), November 16, 2014.

“Truth Without Cliches.” John Jay Institute: Center for a Just Society, September 22, 2014.

“A Non-Place Identity and a Fixed (Sacred) Text: Literacy Practices Shaping Identity/ies of a Slavic Baptist Congregation from the Former Soviet Union to the United States” published in the interdisciplinary journal Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism in December 2012 (12:3).

Review of James Underhill’s Creating Worldviews: Metaphor, Ideology, and Language published by the Linguist List (online) March 2012.

Getting Published: Entering the Dialogue of Your Discipline (Liaison Magazine, Issue 6, March 2011, pp. 29”“30) published by the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics, and Area Studies, located at the University of Southampton, U.K. (directed at undergraduate students).

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