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The Florida Tech Crimson

Dr. Petersen is a midwesterner relocated to Florida. In his free time, he enjoys running, racquetball, reading, and spending time with his wife and three children. There is not much he'd rather do than listen to a Minnesota Twins baseball game on the radio.

Educational Background

Ph.D. in mass communication, University of Florida, 2010

M.A. in communication, University of South Florida, 2007

B.A. in communication, Bethany Lutheran College, 2003

Current Courses

COM 5320 New Media and Society

COM 4026 Publishing and the Internet

COM 3242 Journalism

COM 2225 Writing for Media

COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication

COM 0110 Basic Writing

Professional Experience

Prior to joining the faculty at Florida Tech, Dr. Petersen taught communication courses at the University of Florida and Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla. He taught Introduction to Public Speaking, Introduction to Interpersonal Communication, Nonverbal Communication, and Writing for Mass Media. He has also written for Florida TODAY, the Gainesville Sun, the Independent Florida Alligator, and the Florida Engineer. Before beginning his doctoral work, Dr. Petersen worked for the UF athletic association.

Additional Duties

Faculty adviser for the Florida Tech Crimson, the campus newspaper

Current Research

Dr. Petersen's research focuses on the role of popular culture artifacts on collective memory. His doctoral research examined how Bob Dylan's music of the 1960s and '70s shaped, and continue to shape, popular memory. Dr. Petersen is also exploring the way new media impacts the way news is distributed, created, and used.

Selected Publications

“Bob Dylan’s ‘New Journalism’ Coverage of Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter’s Battle for Justice.” Presented at the at the Florida Communication Association conference in Orlando, Florida, October 20, 2012.

“Experiences that Shape the Attitudes and Beliefs of Florida Tech Faculty toward Online Tools in Higher Education: A Phenomenological Study.” (Co-authored with J. Almasi, L. Gill, and J. Knight.) Presented at the at the Florida Communication Association conference in Orlando, Florida, October 20, 2012.

“‘So I can write anything?’: Confronting the First Amendment and the Spiral of Silence at a Free Speech Event, ” Presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference in Chicago, Illinois, on August 8, 2012.

“Prisoners and Guards: Bob Dylan’s Contribution to the Popular Memory of George Jackson.” Presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference in St. Louis, Missouri, on August 11, 2011.

“The Death of Emmett Till: An Examination of Bob Dylan’s Contribution to the Myth of Till’s Death.” Presented at the Florida Communication Association conference in Orlando, Florida, October 16, 2009.

“Singing the News: How Bob Dylan’s ‘The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll’ Functions as Underground Journalism.” Presented at the Southern States Communication Association conference in Norfolk, Virginia, April 2, 2009.

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