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First Name
Valerie

Last Name
Peterson

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Email
petersov@gvsu.edu

Title
Professor

Office
289 LSH

Phone
616-331-2981

Field of Study
Communication Studies

About

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: A Humanistic Approach to Conversations on Intimacy, 2nd ed. (Cognella, 2013), and scholarly essays on literacy and Plato’s understanding of “the good” (Review of Communication, 2017), mythic rhetoric (Ohio Journal of Communication, 2014), 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).

Office Hours

M 4:15pm-5:15pm and W 1:00pm-3:00pm

Teaches

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

Degrees

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

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