Melissa Olson-Petrie teaches critical reading and writing in the University of Wisconsin system. Her courses include first-year composition, business writing, journalism, creative writing, developmental English, and college study skills. For the University of Wisconsin, she has taught at the Milwaukee, Sheboygan, and Manitowoc campuses. In 2015 she received the Arthur M. Kaplan Award for Outstanding Teaching in the UW Colleges. She started her teaching career at Arizona State University.