Dr. Donna M. Decker

Professor of English, Coordinator Women in Leadership Program

Donna Decker's Bio Photo


B.A., English and Psychology, The University at Albany, SUNY
M.A., English, Salem State University
Ph.D., English, Northeastern University

Phone: (603) 899-4296

Courses Taught
  • Intentional Venom: Making Meaning of School Shootings
  • Women Writers
  • Fiction Workshops
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Us vs. Them: Law and Literature
  • Banned Books
  • English Seminars: Resistance Literature; Monsters; Jane Eyre & Jane’s Heirs; Silences and Silencing in
  • Women’s Studies
  • American Short Story
  • Introduction to Literary Studies
  • Introduction to American Literature
  • Women in Leadership Seminar
  • How to Write a Blog
Research Interests & Expertise Areas
  • 19th Century New Woman Fiction
  • School Shootings
  • 19th Century Women’s Fiction, British and American
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Creative Writing
  • Narrative Theory, M. Bakhtin
  • Banned Books

Honors & Awards

2017 (Spring): First Annual FPU Women in Leadership Award

2016 (Fall): FPU Student Government Faculty Recognition Award

2016: Silver IPPY (Independent Press) Medal for Canada-East Best Regional Fiction

2016: Finalist, International Book Awards – Women’s Issues

2016 (Spring): White Ribbon Hero Award from Clark University

2016 (Spring): St. Joseph High School (Pittsfield, MA) Evening With The Stars Award

2012 (Fall): FPU Student Government Faculty Recognition Award

Publications and Presentations


Women in Literature by Alexis Burling, Content Consultant,  Essential Library, 2016.

“The New Feminists in Office: Senator-Elect Maggie Hassan.” Feature article. Ms. Magazine. Fall 2016 (Special Election Issue)

“Mad Me,” Civility in Presidential Election Discourse, Newseum Edition, October 2016

Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You. Inanna Publications and Education,
Toronto, May 2015

“The Aftermath of Isla Vista.” Feature article. Ms Magazine. Fall 2014

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.2009. 89-118.

ANY GOOD BOOKS? Book Review Blog on eRaven @ franklinpierce.edu

Ms. Magazine blogs: http://msmagazine.com/blog  – search Donna Decker

Readings & Presentations:

SPRING 2017: Host/Interviewer: “Democracy March Stories.” FPU TV

FALL 2016: Brattleboro Literary Festival; Fitchburg Public Library; Levi Heywood Memorial Library; (Invited) Keynote Speaker, Take Back the Night. FPU

SPRING 2016: (Invited) Melrose, MA Human Rights Commission and Melrose Women’s Commission; (Invited) Workshop Host. 12th Annual Diversity Institute at Plymouth State University, "Why Stories Matter: Beleaguered Masculinity, Entitlement, and Women”; (Invited) Literary Volunteers of the Montachusett Area; (Invited) International Women’s Day Speaker, Colby-Sawyer College; (Invited) First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist, Fitchburg, MA, “Good Morning, 2016. Let’s Rock Some Fierce Empathy!”; Forbush Memorial Library; Connecticut College, NECCL Issue Framing Workshop Co-Leader; Stevens Memorial Library Book Group

FALL 2015: (Invited) Simone de Beauvoir Institute. Concordia University, Montreal; (Invited) “Empowering Girls 2015” Conference hosted by Middlesex District Attorney and Middlesex Partnerships for Youth. Cambridge, MA, “Curate Your Life: Creating Your Own Story”; (Invited) panelist: “That’s Nice, Dear. Writing Creatively in the Live Free or Die State.” Society for the Study of American Women Writers. Philadelphia; Stevens Memorial Library; Creative Spirit: A Showcase of Women Writers. Berkshire Hills Country Club; Barnes & Noble Pittsfield, MA; Society for the Study of American Women Writers, Philadelphia; The Bookstore, Lenox, MA; Toadstool Bookstore, Peterborough, NH

SPRING 2015: (Invited) panelist: “Authoring New Books.” Sigma Tau Delta International Conference. Albuquerque; (Invited) American Association of University Women, Keene, NH chapter. Women’s History Month

SUMMER 2015: Local Author Expo, Athol Public Library; Toadstool Bookstore, Keene, NH.

SPRING 2015: Book City, Toronto, Canadian Launch Canadian Launch of Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You; The Academic Minute (Northeast Public Radio, WAMC): http://academicminute.org/2015/08/donna-decker-franklin-pierce-university-personal-interviews/

Professional Memberships

  • AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs)
  • Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society
  • Society for the Study of American Women Writers
  • 18th and 19th Century British Women Writers Association

Conferences Attended

  • Sigma Tau Delta Convention, Louisville, KY. “Law and Literature." April 2017. Roundtable Chair.
  • NCTE Conference. Atlanta. “Taking the ‘Ass’ Out of Assessment.” November 2016. Panelist.
  • 12th Annual Diversity Institute at Plymouth State University. April 2016. Workshop Leader; “Empowering Girls 2015” Conference hosted by Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Middlesex Partnerships for Youth. Cambridge, MA. December 2015. Invited Speaker.
  • Society for the Study of American Women Writers. Philadelphia, November 2015. Invited Speaker: “That’s Nice, Dear. Writing Creatively in the Live Free or Die State”
  • Sigma Tau Delta International Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 2015. Invited
    panelist: “Authoring New Books.”


Grants Received

  • FPU Research Grant, 2016-2017: Fifteen Years project (summer 2017). $3080.80
  • FPU Research Grant, 2015-2016: Fifteen Years project (summer 2016). $3542.52
  • Whiting Grant: Research in England for Fifteen Years project, May 2016. $5695.00
  • NEA Big Read. Grant Manager. FPU. $9500
  • Whiting Grant: Research in Montreal for Montreal Massacre project, May 2009. $4897.16


  • FPU Safety Committee
  • FPU Administrative Hearing Board
  • Steering Committee, New England Center for Civic Life
  • FPU Admissions Ambassador
  • Judge, First Year Experience Poster Session