Debra L. Petersen portrait

Debra L. Petersen

Associate Professor
Degree
B.A., University of Minnesota-Morris
M.A., Colorado State University
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Office
OEC 110
Phone
(651) 962-5828
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5828
Mail
Mail 5011
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Courses:
    Professor Petersen teaches Communication of Race, Class and Gender, Rhetorical Criticism, Political Communication, Public Speaking, and Hawai’i:  Multi-Cultural Communication in Diverse Organizations. 

Scholarship and service: 
Professor Petersen is the faculty advisor for the UST chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the communication honorary.   She is also a member of the Women’s Studies Committee, the Service Learning Advisory Board, and the Sustainability Curriculum Committee.  She chairs the University Discipline Committee.   She was director of the Luann Dummer Center for Women from 2000-2006.  

Prof. Petersen’s awards include:  the 2011-2012 UST Global Citizenship Faculty award for commitment to international and intercultural awareness throughout the UST community; the 2010-2011 UST Distinguished Educator Award for outstanding dedication to the student body;  the 2011 Sister Pat Kowalski Women’s Leadership Award in appreciation for Service to Women at UST;  the Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents’ Award in 2011;  and, the UST Outstanding Faculty in Service-Learning Award, 2009-2010, for her service on the Service-Learning Advisory Board and the significant Service-Learning projects in many of her courses.  

Prof. Petersen’s research interests include political campaigns, gender/race/class/sexual identity and public communication, and, the rhetoric of First Ladies.  She recently attended the Association of Women in Sports Media (AWSM) annual conference and the International Environmental Communication Association Annual Conference in Uppsala, Sweden. 

Summer 2016 Courses

Summer 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
COJO 100 - 01 Public Speaking M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 BEC 113
CRN: 41300 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Debra L. Petersen Preparation, presentation, and evaluation of original speeches by each student throughout the semester; special emphasis given to selecting and researching topics, organizing evidence, analyzing audiences, sharpening style and tone, communicating ethically and listening critically. This course is designed for students who are not pursuing a Communication and Journalism major. COJO majors may only take this course with permission from the department chair.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 100 - 03 Public Speaking M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 113
CRN: 41301 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Debra L. Petersen Preparation, presentation, and evaluation of original speeches by each student throughout the semester; special emphasis given to selecting and researching topics, organizing evidence, analyzing audiences, sharpening style and tone, communicating ethically and listening critically. This course is designed for students who are not pursuing a Communication and Journalism major. COJO majors may only take this course with permission from the department chair.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
COJO 100 - 04 Public Speaking M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 BEC 113
CRN: 41302 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Debra L. Petersen Preparation, presentation, and evaluation of original speeches by each student throughout the semester; special emphasis given to selecting and researching topics, organizing evidence, analyzing audiences, sharpening style and tone, communicating ethically and listening critically. This course is designed for students who are not pursuing a Communication and Journalism major. COJO majors may only take this course with permission from the department chair.

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J-Term 2017 Courses

J-Term 2017 Courses
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