Valerie Peterson

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Title: Associate Professor

Field of Study: Communication Studies

Office: 289 LSH

Phone: 616-331-2981



Dr. Peterson teaches courses in visual communication, communication perspectives, critical interpretation, and public speaking.  Recent publications include a single-authored book Sex, Ethics, and Communication (Cognella, 2011), and scholarly essays on the media ecology of birth control (Explorations in Media Ecology, 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).


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


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