DR. DONNA DECKER
Professor of English at Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, New Hampshire
Coordinator, Women in Leadership Program
Ph.D. Northeastern University
M.A. English Salem State College
B.A. English and Psychology, State University of New York at Albany
A.A. Liberal Arts, Berkshire Community College
Ms. Feminist Scholar
Donna Decker was selected as a Ms. Feminist Scholar in 2010 which gave her an opportunity to do public scholarship and social justice work at once. Ms, the foremost feminist magazine in North America, with 100,000 subscribers, hosts a unique, competitive initiative designed to engage feminist scholars in writing for both Ms. Magazine and blog. Decker was selected to be a Ms. Magazine Feminist Scholar based on the quality of her writing sample and the compelling nature (and marketability) of her project about the 1989 Montreal Massacre of fourteen women engineering students by a 25-year-old man. The goal of the three-day Ms. Writing workshop she attended in Washington, DC in May 2010 was to teach scholars to “translate” their academic writing into writing for a broader audience, the readers of the magazine and blog. While such readers are, by and large, educated and sophisticated, they are not interested in reading academic/theoretical jargon, so Ms. Feminist Scholars spent time in DC altering their writing styles to reach a wider audience.
GRANTS, AWARDS, RECOGNITIONS:
Winner, 2016 Silver IPPY (Independent Press) Medal for Canada-East Best Regional
Finalist, 2016 International Book Awards – Women's Issues
St. Joseph Central High School Evening With the Stars Award: to be awarded April 29,
2016, Pittsfield, MA.
Clark University White Ribbon Hero Award: to be awarded March 3, 2016, Worcester,
Open Book Toronto Recommends: The Chilly Fall Reading Guide – Dancing in Red
Shoes Will Kill You. http://www.openbooktoronto.com/news/open_book_recommends_chilly_fall_reading_guide_0
Whiting Grant: Research and travel in England for Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Project, May 2016
Request (granted) for signed copy of Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You for Harrisville
Children’s Center 10th Annual Auction/Fundraiser in February 2016
Research Research Grant, Franklin Pierce University: Elizabeth Stuart Phelps,July 2014, 2015, 2016
Student Government Association Faculty-Staff Appreciation Award, December 2012
Research Grant, Franklin Pierce University: Montreal Massacre, July 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
Sabbatical, Franklin Pierce University, Spring 2012
Research Grant, Franklin Pierce College: Course Release for doctoral work, Fall 2003.
Research Grant, Franklin Pierce College: Maine Women Writers Collection. June 2005.
Sabbatical, Franklin Pierce College. Academic Year 2004-2005.
Faculty Support Grant, Franklin Pierce College: Wesleyan Writers’ Conference, June
Faculty Support Grant, Franklin Pierce University: Lesley University Writers’
Conference, August 2007.
Northeastern University Scholarship – Awarded by Graduate English Department. 1997
RECENT CONFERENCES, PRESENTATIONS, AND CONFERENCE PAPERS:
Invited International Women’s Day Speaker, Colby-Sawyer College,
New London, NH. March 8, 2016
Invited Speaker Melrose, MA Human Rights Commission and Melrose Women’s
Commission, April 2016 by Melrose Human
Invited Workshop Host. 12th Annual Diversity Institute at Plymouth State University.
Hosted by the Counselor Education and School Psychology Departments. NH.
"Why Stories Matter: Beleaguered Masculinity, Entitlement, and Women.” April
9, 2016. [Invited by FPU Alum Gabriel Vega]
Invited Speaker: First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist, Fitchburg, MA. January 10,
2016. “Good Morning, 2016. Let’s Rock Some Fierce Empathy!”
Invited Speaker. Simone de Beauvoir Institute. Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec,
Canada. December 4, 2015.
Invited Speaker. “Empowering Girls 2015” Conference hosted by Middlesex District
Attorney Marian Ryan and Middlesex Partnerships for Youth. The Broad
Institute, Cambridge, MA. “Curate Your Life: Creating Your Own Story.”
December 1, 2015. [Invited by FPU Alum Shawn MacMaster]
Invited panelist: “That’s Nice, Dear. Writing Creatively in the Live Free or Die State”
Society for the Study of American Women Writers. Philadelphia, November 4-8,
Invited panelist: “Authoring New Books.” Sigma Tau Delta International Conference.
Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 18-21, 2015.
Invited speaker: American Association of University Women, Keene, NH chapter.
Women’s History Month speaker, March 16, 2015.
RADIO AND MEDIA INTERVIEWS, FEATURE STORIES, AND BOOK REVIEWS:
·Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise. “Ashburnham Novelist to Speak on Women’s Issues at First Parish Service” by Anna Burgess. January 8, 2016. http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/news/ci_29354520/ashburnham-novelist-speak-womens-issues-at-first-parish
·Jules' Tools for Change: Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You; an Interview with Donna Decker by Julia Horel December 7, 2015. https://alllitup.ca/Blog/2015/Jules-Tools-for-Change-Dancing-in-Red-Shoes-Will-Kill-You-an-Interview-with-Donna-Decker
·The Gardner News: “A Woman’s Voice: Author Denounces Killings of 14 Women in 1989” by Doneen Durling. December 3, 2015 (1, 3).
·Pittsfield Gazette: “Pittsfield Native Turns Tragic Shooting Into First Novel” by Susan Guerrero. October 1, 2015 (13)
·Keene Sentinel: “Franklin Pierce professor's book a dark exploration of Montreal Massacre” by Steve Gilbert: http://www.sentinelsource.com/opinion/columnists/staff/gilbert/franklin-pierce-professor-s-book-a-dark-exploration-of-montreal/article_a895e5ee-445b-5284-ae54-a35a1f411f33.html
·Monadnock Ledger-Transcript: “A grim subject: FPU professor’s book on 1989 mass shooting gains new relevance with recent world events” by Nicholas Handy: http://www.ledgertranscript.com/artsliving/18425946-95/a-grim-subject
Worcester Telegram and Gazette: “Book Eyes Montreal Massacre” by Ann Connery Frantz: http://www.telegram.com/article/20150816/ENTERTAINMENTLIFE/150819469/101492
·Manchester Union Leader: “The Mindful Reader: Novel explores true-life massacre and its impact” by Deb Baker: http://www.unionleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20150614/NEWHAMPSHIRE02/150619605
The Academic Minute (Northeast Public Radio, WAMC): http://academicminute.org/2015/08/donna-decker-franklin-pierce-university-personal-interviews/
Working Mother Radio: “Paving a Road to Peace” – interview with Bettina Bush: http://www.ernlive.com/show/working-mother-radio/247/episodes/paving-a-road-to-peace-full-show-94
Huffington Post: “Teaching Banned Books During Banned Books Week” by Alexandra Svokos. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/22/teaching-banned-books_n_5851214.html
Department of English eNewsletter Fall 2013: “Interview with Donna Decker Ph.D. ’05” http://issuu.com/melissadaigle/docs/fl_13_newsletter_11-19-2013/2
USA Today: “Freshman Seminar Seeks to Make Meaning of School Shootings” http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/30/freshman-seminar-school-shootings-donna-decker/2730055/
Lisa Ahn: “Interview with Donna Decker” http://lisaahn.com/2013/07/24/interview-with-donna-decker/ 7/24/13
USA Today: “Connecticut Shooting: They Were Just Children” http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/14/shooting-again-shatters-security-tranquility/1770401/ 12/16/12
NHPR, “The Exhange.” Interviewed by Laura Knoy. “Granite Staters Reflect on the Newtown School Shooting” http://nhpr.org/post/granite-staters-reflect-newtown-school-shootings 12/17/2012
American Airway Magazine, “Choose Your Own Adventure” by Kathleen Parish. http://hub.aa.com/en/aw/literature-choose-your-own-adventure
Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You (Inanna Publications 2015)
“The Aftermath of Isla Vista.” Feature article. Ms Magazine. Fall 2014
“The Montreal Massacre: 25 Years On.” Sidebar. Ms. Magazine. Fall 2014
Ms. Magazine blogs:
“What Don’t We Get After 25 Years and 14 Dead?”
“Stop Being Surprised, Damn It” 5/28/14
“Dear Men, Here is a New Kind of Fantasy” 3/14/14
“24 Years On: Never Forgetting the Montreal Massacre” 12/5/13
"A Literary Canon of Dudes" 3/27/13
“A Rich Legacy: Adrienne’s Words Call Us to Action” 4/6/12
“Dear Judge Hurley: Date Night Won’t Cure Spousal Abuse” 2/9/12
Click! My Catholic School Report Card” 3/28/11
“Haiti One Year Later: Edwidge Danticat Wants Us to Create Dangerously” 1/11/11
“Bunion Blues” 1/4/11
“Remembering the Montreal Massacre” 12/6/10
“What Are You Thinking, Oprah?” 9/20/10
“Women We’ll Be Reading 200 Years From Now” 9/1/10
The Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield (MA) columns:
“Alpha Mama on Father’s Day,”
“One Minute to Pitch a Dream”
“Treasures Buried in the Nest” 1/22/12
Pierce Radius: “Not Everyone’s First Year Seminar: Intentional Venom: Making Meaning of School Shootings: Fall 2013
ANY GOOD BOOKS, book review blog on fRANKLIN PIERCE UNIVERSITY eRaven:
“It’s Always Hard Times for the Whistleblowers.” Northern New England Review.
Volume 32, 2010.
Review of Janet Beer's edited collection, The Cambridge Companion to Kate Chopin
(2009) LEGACY: A Journal of American Women Writers. Volume 27, No. 1, 2010.
“Reading Books and Bodies: New Woman and Authority.” Chapter in New Woman
Literature and the Body. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press.
“Shoes.” Fiddlestix Review. Franklin Pierce University. December 30, 2009.
The Women’s Times, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, occasional free-lance
Worcester Telegram and Gazette (circulation 40,000)
“Looking Homeward” column, 1994-1997
Today’s Parent, free-lance feature writer, 1996-1998
Worcester Phoenix (circulation 40,000), business feature story: “Home Brew: The
Gourmet-Beer Revolution Hits Worcester County”
The Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, Massachusetts – circulation 35,000), regular
free-lance submissions to “It’s a Parent” column, 1991-1996
The Gardner News (Gardner, Massachusetts) – circulation 9,000, reporting local
news, writing feature stories, publishing weekly column “Close to Home”
COURSES TAUGHT (Courses created *):
How to Write a Blog *
Banned Books *
Introduction to American Literature
Introduction to Literary Studies
19th Century British Novel
Jane Eyre and Jane's Heirs *
Monsters in Literature *
Silences and Silencing in Literature *
Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Queer Studies *
American Short Story
Theories of Fiction
Introduction to Creative Nonfiction *
Advanced Fiction Workshop
Introduction to Women’s Studies
Women in Leadership Seminar
Ancient and Medieval Worlds
College Writing I and II
Law and Literature *
Intentional Venom: Making Meaning of School Shootings *
Montreal Massacre (December 6, 1989)
Gender and Popular Culture
Women Writers; 19th Century New Women Fiction
Contemporary Literature and Trends in Contemporary Literature
Gender and Sexuality in Literature
Creative Writing, including fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, blogs, newspaper columns.