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
Peterson, T. and Turner, K.L. 'Extravagance and folly' versus 'proper food':
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.
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
HONORS, AWARDS, & SCHOLARSHIPS
School of Communications and Third place, Graduate Student
Theater at Temple University Research Forum, 2009
Center for the Humanities at Graduate Associate, 2008 – 2009
University of Nottingham Queen's Scholarship, 2002 – 2003
PROFESSIONAL & ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS