Gail Fensom

Phone: (603) 641-4162
Office: English Department, 88 Commercial Street, RM 453, Manchester, NH 03101
Gail Fensom

Professor Fensom is the Director of UNH Manchester’s First-Year Writing Program, and she also teaches Propaganda and Persuasion, in which students apply principles of classical rhetoric to the social and political issues of the day, and Teaching Writing for prospective English teachers. Professor Fensom has focused her scholarship on learning and teaching in higher education.


  • Ph.D., Education, University of New Hampshire
  • M.A., Oklahoma State University
  • B.A., University of Rhode Island

Research Interests

  • Academic Achievement
  • Curriculum Assessment and Evaluation
  • Ethnography
  • Knowledge Acquisition
  • Knowledge Representation
  • Language Arts Education
  • Precollegiate Education--English
  • Teacher Education
  • Writing/Composition Education

Courses Taught

  • CMN 456: Propaganda and Persuasion
  • ENGL 401: First-Year Writing
  • ENGL 401S: Literacy Studio
  • ENGL 595: LitTop/Business Communications
  • ENGL 710/810: Teaching Writing
  • ENGL 792/892: Teaching Literature & Literacy
  • ENGL 892: Teaching Literature & Literacy