Valerie Peterson

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Title: Professor

Field of Study: Communication Studies


Office: 289 LSH

Phone: 616-331-2981

Email: petersov@gvsu.edu

About

Dr. Peterson teaches courses in visual communication, communication perspectives, critical interpretation, sexuality and communication, and public speaking.  Recent publications include a single-authored book Sex, Ethics, and Communication: A Humanistic Approach to Conversations on Intimacy, 2nd ed. (Cognella, 2013) [winner of the Media Ecology Association’s  Erving Goffman Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Social Interaction]; and scholarly essays on the media ecology of birth control (in Drugs and Media: New Perspectives on Communication, Consumption, and Consciousness, MacDougall ed., 2012, and in Explorations in Media Ecology, 2010), website visuals (Visualizing the Web, 2010), and interdisciplinarity (Women and Language, 2008).  Other publications have addressed topics such as communication theory (Journal of the Northwest Communication Association, 2004; Grand Valley Review, 2004), the rhetorical criticism of visuals (Southern Communication Journal, 2001), the use of subject position in argumentation (Communication Studies, 2003), sex/sexuality/sexual politics (Journal of Popular Culture, 2008; America Viewed and Skewed: Television Situation Comedies, 2005; Journal of Communication Inquiry, 2002; Women and Language, 2000), and pedagogy (Communication Teacher, 2006; The Successful Professor, 2004; Teaching Ideas for the Basic Communication Course, 2001; Iowa Journal of Communication, 1996).  She also gave a “Last Lecture” at GVSU, was awarded the 2010 International Student Pineapple (Hospitality) Award, and co-planned the 14th Annual Convention of the Media Ecology Association Annual Convention, June 2013.

Teaches

Visual communication, communication perspectives, critical interpretation, sexuality and communication, and public speaking.

Degrees

B. A. and M. A. University of Virginia; Ph. D. University of Iowa