Gail Fensom

Associate Professor of English & Director of the First-Year Writing Program

Education Minor
English Teaching, B.A.
UNH Manchester
Office 453


eaching students at UNH Manchester is a discovery Gail's been making for the past twenty years. As an assistant professor of English and Director of UNH Manchester's First-Year Writing Program, Gail has guided thousands of students through the tricky waters of First-Year Writing, applying the principles of learning theory to her classrooms. In Gail's classes, you're likely to be cutting up paragraphs with scissors or working on a team to figure out why Wikipedia isn't the best source of information; looking into your own past to discover a theme you can develop into a research paper, or discovering how Dick and Jane readers shaped ideas about what America should be. Every class of students has been her teacher.

Gail also teaches Propaganda and Persuasion, in which she applies the principles of classical rhetoric to the social and political issues of the day, and ENGL 710: Teaching Writing, for prospective English teachers. On both the Durham and Manchester campuses, Gail has received university recognition for teaching excellence. Gail has focused her scholarship on learning and teaching in higher education, and has presented at numerous conferences. She hopes to contribute in significant ways to the research on developing future faculty.


Gail has served as acting director of the Connors' Writing Center and coordinated the Writing Fellows Program on the Durham campus. She has been an active member of many committees, including UNH Manchester Writing Across the Curriculum Committee and the University Writing Committee.


  • Ph.D. Education, UNH

  • M.A., Oklahoma State University

  • B.A., University of Rhode Island