2012                Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

                        Ph.D., Mass Media & Communication

    Dissertation, "Seeing, believing, and cooking: Visual communication,

    food-media literacy, and self-efficacy" involved 94 human subjects and extensive quantitative

    and qualitative data collection and analysis


2003                University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England

                        M.A., Critical Theory & Cultural Studies


2000                University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

                        B.S., Journalism




Peterson, T. and Turner, K.L. 'Extravagance and folly' versus 'proper food':

     Domestic scientists, celebrity chefs, and the ongoing food reform movement. Journal of

     Popular Culture.


Peterson, T. (2012). Exploring baseline food-media literacy of adult women. Journal of Media Literacy

     Education, 4 (1).


Peterson, T. (2009). The zapper and the zapped: Microwave ovens and the people who use

     them. In P. Vannini (Ed.) Material Culture and Technology in Everyday Life.

     Peter Lang Publishing.

Peterson, T. (2008). Bringing up baby (carrots). Gastronomica 8 (4), 55 – 59.



Spring 2014 –     Consultant, The News Literacy Project

present                Working to expand project into Houston with fundraising and outreach to schools, foundations and community leaders


Fall 2012 –         Lecturer, Program in Writing and Communication, Rice University

Spring 2013        Courses: The Real Cost of a Coke (FWIS 136), The Pictures in Our Heads (FWIS 166)

-       Met with students individually throughout semester to establish and track semester-long goals for building written, oral, and visual communication skills

-       Created and implemented writing progress logs to enable students to identify and follow specific strategies to improve writing skills


Summer 2012 –   Instructor, University of St. Thomas

Summer 2014     Courses: Writing for the Media (COMM 4393), Social Impact of Media (COMM 3381)

-       Assigned a semester-long writing portfolio to encourage students to track progress and skills development


Fall 2010 –         Instructor, The Pennsylvania State University

Summer 2011     Course: Mass Media and Society (COMM 100)


Summer 2007 –  Instructor, Temple University

Summer 2009     Courses: Media and Society (ADV 1101), Morality, Law and Advertising (ADV 4196)

-       Worked with junior and senior advertising majors to improve written communication and prepare for entry into advertising professions




Peterson, T. "Food-media literacy and the critical evaluative capacities of adult women." National

     Communication Association, Orlando, Sunday, November 18, 2012.


Peterson, T. "Production experience(s) and food-media literacy." National Association for Media

     Literacy Education conference, Philadelphia, July 24, 2011.


Peterson, T. and Lizie, A. (2010). "All sweetness and light: A rhetorical analysis of the online

     discourse around high fructose corn syrup." National Communication Association, San

     Francisco, Nov. 13, 2010.


Peterson, T. "The potential of media literacy education for dietary health promotion." Eastern

     Communication Association, Baltimore, April 22, 2010.


Peterson, T. "Competitive eating in the news: A narrative analysis of media coverage." Annual

     Meeting of the Association for the Study of Food & Society, State College, PA, May 31, 2009.


Peterson, T. "The city, the country, poverty and paths:  An examination of the coverage of the

     Fresh Air Fund in The New York Times, 1877-2007."  Pennsylvania Communication

     Association Convention, Lehigh Valley, PA, Oct. 19, 2008


Peterson, T. "You are what your avatar eats: Food as accessory in Second Life (and first life)."

     Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, San

     Francisco, March 20, 2008.


Peterson, T. "Outmoded methods in the First World: Challenges presented by top-down

     communication models for nutrition intervention campaigns in the U.S." Graduate Research

     Forum, Temple University School of Communications and Theater, Philadelphia, Feb.

     22, 2008.


Peterson, T. "The role of recipe usage in nutrition literacy, eating and cooking habits of 

     women." Graduate Research Forum, Temple University School of Communications and

     Theater, Philadelphia, Feb. 23, 2007.




Spring 2013        Center for Written, Oral and Visual Communication at Rice University

-       Created and implemented social media presences to publicize Center's resources


Summer 2012 –  National Association for Media Literacy Education

present                Board of Directors, Leadership Council, Visibility Chair, and Conference Publicity Chair

-       Re-energized social media presences and increased organization's reach on Facebook and Twitter


Summer 2009     Temple University

Dept. of Broadcasting, Telecommunications & Mass Media

Periodic Program Review Committee

-       Oversaw development of maps for department curriculum




School of Communications and                        Third place, Graduate Student

Theater at Temple University                           Research Forum, 2009


Center for the Humanities at                            Graduate Associate, 2008 – 2009

Temple University


University of Nottingham                                 Queen's Scholarship, 2002 – 2003





National Association for Media Literacy Education

Association for the Study of Food and Society