Peter Cormier

Adjunct Professor

Pete Cormier

Pete Cormier is an alumnus of Lesley’s Individually Designed doctoral program and teaches in the Graduate School of Education and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He currently teaches three courses at Lesley: Internship Seminar for Community Arts, Donors, and Fundraising and Philanthropy. He also serves on several doctoral committees and was the interim coordinator of doctoral study plans for the 2015-2016 calendar year.

Pete is founder and former executive director of Sterling Music Exchange and co-founder and former managing director of Cornerstone Performing Arts Center, nonprofit organizations that used the performing arts to engage at-risk youth and marginalized communities in central Massachusetts. He is currently employed as a research technician at the Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School. Pete is a musician and nature artist, and leads workshops in the construction of liminal nature chimes.

Pete's website.


BA, University of Notre Dame
MS, Worcester State University
PhD, Lesley University

Selected Presentations

  • Vines & Chimes: Art-making in the Liminal Space Between Art & Nature, Community of Scholars, Lesley University, March 2015.
  • Introducing Art on the Midstate Trail: An Arts-Based Research Inquiry, The 5th Annual Qualitative Report Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. January 2014.
  • Unpacking the Backpack: A Dance-Based Inquiry, Community of Scholars, Lesley University, March 2013.
  • Community Arts in Education: Place Making and Space Making, Invited address, 8th Annual George Hein Lecture, Lesley University, March 2012.
  • Engagement Practices of Performing Arts Makers: A Launch Pad for Volunteerism, Massachusetts Conference on Service and Volunteering, Natick, MA. May 2011.