Peggy Dillon

Peggy Dillon

Professional Details

Title: Associate Professor
Office: CC-150
Phone: 978-542-7078
Email: peggy.dillon@salemstate.edu

Fall & Winter Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
2558 01 COM370 Fundamentals of News Writing
2559 02 COM370 Fundamentals of News Writing
2564 01 COM470 Feature Writing

Professional Biography

Ph.D., Mass Communication, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University - 1997

Graduate Certificate, Women's Studies, Ohio University - 1997

M.S., Journalism, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University - 1994

B.A., Geography, Department of Geosciences, UMass Amherst - 1983

Professional Interests

Convergent journalism, news and feature writing, editing, adventure and outdoor journalism, publication layout and design, speech-writing, historical research and writing, and oral history.

Responsibilities

Courses Taught at Salem State:

Fundamentals of News Writing / COM 370

News Reporting and Writing / COM 371

Public Affairs Reporting / COM 471

Feature Writing / COM 470

Outdoor Journalism / COM 495-02

Computer Production in Communications / COM 205

Introduction to Communications / COM 201

Editing / COM 209

Other Responsibilities:

Faculty Adviser to The Salem State Log, the student-run campus newspaper published in print every other week and online at www.salemstatelog.org; won Salem State's 2010 Adviser of the Year award.

Selected Publications

Book:

Seeking the Greatest Good: The Public Welfare Foundation, Copyright 2000 by the Public Welfare Foundation, 159 pp. The book won the Gold Award in the Wilmer Shields Rich Awards Program for Excellence in Communications.

Book Reviews:

“On Time Delivery: The Dog Team Mail Carriers,” The Oral History Review; Volume 40, Issue 2, Summer/Fall 2013

“Scotland’s Land Girls: Breeches, Bombers and Backaches,” The Oral History Review; Volume 40, Issue 1, Winter/Spring 2013

“Just My Type: A Book About Fonts,” Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly; Volume 89, Number 4, Winter 2012

“Arctic Gardens: Voices From an Abundant Land,” The Oral History Review; Volume 39, Issue 1, Winter/Spring 2012

“Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other,” Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly; Volume 88, No. 4, Winter 2011

“Stories of Oprah: The Oprahfication of American Culture,” Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly; Volume 88, No. 2, Summer 2011

“Baychimo: Arctic Ghost Ship,” The Northern Review; Number 33, Spring 2011

“This Vanishing Land: A Woman’s Journey to the Canadian Arctic,” The Northern Review; Number 33, Spring 2011

“Crooked Road: The Story of the Alaska Highway,” The Oral History Review; Volume 37, Issue 2, Summer/Fall 2010

“Muskrat Stew and Other Tales of a Penobscot Life: The Life Story of Fred Ranco” (as told to Tara Marvel), The Oral History Review; Volume 36, Issue 2, Summer/Fall 2009

Adventure, Outdoor and Travel Articles:

"From the Old Obs to Windswept," Windswept: The Quarterly Bulletin of the Mount Washington Observatory; Volume 50, Number 1, Spring 2009

"Slamming Doors, Cries for Help: Skeptics and believers in the White Mountains encounter ghosts," Appalachia: America's Longest-Running Journal of Mountaineering and Conservation; Winter/Spring 2009

"Life Among the Clouds: AMCers at the Mount Washington Observatory," The Resuscitator; Spring 2006

"Of Rocks and Hard Places: Climbing Means Negotiating Sheer Fear," Valley News; May 25, 1991

Speeches:

"The Protection and Advocacy Role Within the Center for Mental Health Services and the Role of Legal Advocacy in the Mental Health System." Speech given by Bernard Arons, M.D., Director of the Center for Mental Health Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, at the National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems' CEO Training Meeting, Washington, DC; April 17, 2002

"Alice Evans: First Female President of the Society of American Bacteriologists." Speech given by Rita R. Colwell, Ph.D., Director of the National Science Foundation, at the 99th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (formerly the Society of American Bacteriologists), Chicago, IL; May 31, 1999. The speech was subsequently published as an article in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine 72 (1999), pp. 349-56.

Science Writing:

"Japan Promotes New Vision of R&D in Talk at AAAS," Science magazine; September 28, 2001

Political Articles:

"Tsongas: Unknown No Longer [co-authored coverage of 1992 New Hampshire Presidential primary election won by Democratic candidate Paul Tsongas], Valley News; February 19, 1992

"Harkin: Rethink Economy; Democratic Presidential Candidate Pans Reagonomics" [interview with 1992 Democratic Presidential primary candidate Tom Harkin], Valley News; November 16, 1991

Profiles:

"Master Carver Turns Stone Into Art: Washington National Cathedral Welcomes Artist's Unspoken Ultimatum," The Herald Journal, Logan, UT; July 26, 1995

"Jorma Kaukonen's Organic Odyssey: With His Fur Peace Guitar Camp, the Longtime Blues Guitarist Passes the Torch to the Next Generation," Southeast Ohio magazine; Winter 1994

Selected Presentations

Refereed Paper Presentations:

“Participatory Journalism During Campus Crises.” Presented as part of panel titled “Best Practices in Participatory Journalism” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Annual Meeting, Montreal, Quebec; August 2014

“Organizational History as Cultural Mirror: How the Anniversary History of a Family-Owned Business Reflected Social, Regional and Demographic Change.” Presented as part of panel titled “Family and Community” at the British Oral History Society’s Annual Meeting, Sussex, England; July 2013

“Preparing for the Scientific Interview.” Presented as part of panel titled “Scientists in Difficult Times” at the Oral History Association’s Annual Meeting, Denver, CO; October 2011

"Creative Structure: Keeping Communications Students Engaged." Presented at the New England Faculty Development Consortium's Spring Conference, Westford, MA; May 2010

"The Role of the Beardmore South Field Camp in the History and Evolution of the Antarctic Treaty." Presented at the History of International Spaces Workshop, Antarctic Treaty Summit: Science-Policy Interactions in International Governance, Washington, DC; December 2009

"One Luddite's Journey: My Evolution from Analog to Digital Oral History." Presented at the Oral History Association's Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA; October 2008

"Close Cousins: Journalists, Oral Historians, and the Interdisciplinary Shaping of Subjects' Voices." Presented at the Oral History Association's Annual Meeting, Anchorage, AK; October 1999

Invited Presentations:

Spoke to Salem State audience as member of campus panel titled “How Can the Sensation-seeking U.S. Media Foster Peace?”; November 2013

Moderated 14 “News & Views” current events forums open to public, Wakefield Public Library, Wakefield, MA; September 2012 – April 2013

Moderated student panel titled “How Campus Leadership Positions Prepare Female SSU Students for Life After Graduation,” Annual Women’s Leadership Conference, Salem State University, Salem, MA; March 2012

Gave PowerPoint presentation titled “The Women’s Media Center: What It Is, Why It Affects You, and How You Can Get Involved,” Annual Women’s Leadership Conference, Salem State University, Salem, MA; March 2011

Participated in panel titled “Accuracy, Accuracy, Accuracy: How to Maintain and Leverage Your Newspaper’s Core Competitive Advantage,” New England Newspaper & Press Association Annual Convention, Boston, MA; February 2011

Gave Faculty Keynote Speech at Lambda Pi Eta Annual Induction Ceremony, Salem State University, Salem, MA; March 2010

Was invited guest lecturer at master's level class in Writing for Public Relations and Marketing, Harvard University Extension School, Cambridge, MA; February 2010

Gave presentation titled “Gusts, Ghosts, and Greenouts: Writing About Adventures in Antarctica, the White Mountains, and Other Far-Flung Places,” School of Arts and Sciences Open Forum, Salem State University, Salem, MA; February 2009

Chaired and participated in panel discussion titled “The Scientific Community,” Oral History Association’s Annual Meeting, Bethesda, MD; October 2003

Gave Keynote Address titled “An Oral History Odyssey: Interviewing Notable NIH Scientists,” Biomedical Research History Interest Group (BHRIG) Lecture Series, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD; April 2002

Presented slide show about 1985-86 work and travel experiences in Antarctica and New Zealand to:

Salem State University classes, Salem, MA; December 2008

Hospitality Public Charter High School classes, Washington, DC; December 2005 and 2006

Blue Ridge Section of American Alpine Club, Rosslyn, VA; September 2001

University of Massachusetts Geography Class, Amherst, MA; February 1987

Connecticut Chapter of Appalachian Mountain Club, Darien, CT; February 1987

Personal Interests

I am an avid hiker, kayaker, and cross-country skier. I also make decorative and functional art, including quilts, painted furniture, needlepoint, braided rugs, and knitted clothing. Prior to becoming a writer and professor, I worked as a cook at the Beardmore South Field Camp in Antarctica, a weather observer atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire, a highway construction foreperson in Vermont, a bingo agent at Harrah's Casino in Reno, and a hutmaster and hut crew member for the Appalachian Mountain Club in New Hampshire's White Mountains.