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, and she chairs the COJO scholarship committee. She is also a member of the Global and Local Engagement (GALE) Advisory Board, the Sustainable Communities Partnership Advisory Board, and the Undergraduate Commencement Speaker Selection Committee. 

Prof. Petersen’s awards include: a College of Arts and Sciences Environmental Stewardship Curriculum Grant for Summer 2016; the third annual UST College of Arts and Sciences Curricular Innovation in Sustainability Award, 2015, for her focus on sustainability/environmental issues in many of her courses; 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 communication and sustainability, political campaigns, gender/race/class/sexual identity and public communication, and, the rhetoric of U.S. First Ladies. During her spring 2016 sabbatical she worked with the Center for Global Environmental Education at Hamline University to create multi-media tools for environmental organizations in Hawaii. 

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
COJO 100 - 01 Public Speaking M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 113
CRN: 41159 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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COJO 100 - 03 Public Speaking M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 BEC 113
CRN: 41160 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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COJO 328 - L01 Comm of Race, Class & Gender M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 BEC 113
CRN: 40608 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Debra L. Petersen This course focuses on theories and research of the historical and contemporary correlation between gender, race, class, and communicative practices, including rhetorical practice and mass communication content. It includes the influence of gender and racial stereotypes on public speech and debate, political campaigns and communication, organizational leadership, news coverage and advertising. Topics include: gendered perceptions of credibility; who is allowed to communicate and who is silenced due to class and racial privilege; and the impact of gender, race and class stereotypes about human nature, expertise, and abilities on individuals and groups that want to participate in public culture and communication. Students analyze and evaluate their own communicative styles in light of course readings and activities. This course fulfills a requirement in American Culture and Difference, Justice and Peace Studies, Women's Studies, and the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor.

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COJO 476 - 02 Experiential Learning - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43525 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Debra L. Petersen

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
COJO 370U - A01 Communications in Hawaii - - - - - - - -
CRN: 10084 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Debra L. Petersen, Kevin O. Sauter STUDY ABROAD: Honolulu, Kauai-HI-United States

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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
COJO 100 - 01 Public Speaking - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 BEC 114
CRN: 20522 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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COJO 100 - 02 Public Speaking - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 113
CRN: 20523 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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COJO 212 - W01 Rhetorical Criticism M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 BEC 113
CRN: 20535 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Debra L. Petersen This course teaches students to become more critical consumers and producers of public messages. Students will examine a mix of historical and contemporary examples of persuasive communication in order to develop an awareness of the rhetorical power of messages in everyday life. Critical tools will be covered to help the student learn how to approach a communicative act systematically, identifying crucial interactions and suggesting ways of understanding how those interactions function. The emphasis on critical consumption also enables students to become more effective creators of public messages. Prerequisite: COJO 111 or permission of instructor

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