Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 9/17/13
Peter Richmond, Moravian College’s first Master of Arts in Teaching fellow, speaks with a student at her desk.

ABOVE: Peter Richmond (right), the College's first Master of Arts in Teaching fellow, talks with English teacher certification candidate Ann Tarafas.


Richmond Welcomed as College’s First MAT Fellow

Experienced Journalist and Author Joins Graduate Education Program

A seasoned journalist and author, with a New York Times bestseller on his resume, has received Moravian College’s first Master of Arts in Teaching fellowship. Peter Richmond, a graduate of Yale University and a former Nieman journalism fellow at Harvard University, began serving as the graduate education program’s MAT fellow this semester, acting as a teaching assistant in the Education Department and writing instructor in the English Department.

Richmond has an extensive writing history, publishing  a half-dozen books, with two more in the pipeline: a biography of former basketball coach Phil Jackson (Blue Rider Press, Penguin Publishing) and a young adult novel (Philomel Press, Penguin Publishing).

His stories have been featured in 13 anthologies, including Best Sportswriting of the Twentieth Century and his work has appeared in several magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Details and GQ. Prior to his appointment at Moravian, Richmond’s previous teaching experience included instructing English, history and drama at the high school level in Connecticut.

Peter is clearly a consummate professional,
and I admire his passion to share his craft with young people.”

– Joseph Shosh, Ph.D.

At a time when Moravian’s Education Department is embarking on an exciting era of graduate education re-design, focusing on inquiry-based teaching in technology-rich environments, the establishment of an MAT fellowship demonstrates the College’s commitment to helping highly qualified professionals enter the classroom.

“Peter is clearly a consummate professional, and I admire his passion to share his craft with young people,” says Joseph Shosh, Ph.D., associate professor of education and chair of the Education Department.

The role of the Moravian MAT fellow will be multi-faceted. Richmond will serve as a professional editor overseeing the work of student writers both in the field, as they provide on-the-ground reporting about Moravian’s partnerships with local schools and other facets of the College’s involvement with the region, and from within the institution, as they explore and report on the unique and diverse activities that make up the vibrant Moravian experience.

Moravian’s graduate program in education continues to offer an action-research based Master of Education degree, as well as certification in ESL, Reading (K-12) Principal (K-12) and Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction (K-12), and a new special education program under development.

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