I believe the ability to communicate is what makes us human. Therefore, the very subject matter I teach should empower students to become better human beings. I believe in order to teach Human Communication, I must be fully engaged with my students, fully mindful, fully humane. I strive to create an atmosphere of immediacy, engagement, and supportiveness in the classroom.
Lori West Peterson has been a full-time faculty member for over twenty years. She came to St. Edward's University in 2001 as an assistant professor of communication and is now a tenured, associate professor. Dr. Peterson also served a three-year administrative role as Associate Vice President for Faculty Development & Academic Programs from 2015-2018. Her frequently taught classes include: interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, and family communication among others. Lori has extensive experience teaching abroad, in Japan at Asia Pacific University as well as at UCO in Angers, France. She is a self-professed Francophile.
English - Native Fluency; French - Intermediate
- Ph.D. in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication at University of South Florida, Tampa, 1995
- M.A. in Communication at University of South Florida, Tampa, 1991
- B.S.W. in Social Work at University of South Florida, Tampa, 1987
Previously Awarded Grants
Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NETVUE), Vocation Renewal Grant, $25,000.00
Publications & Articles
Refer to c.v. for an exhaustive list:
Peterson, L.W. & Kiesinger, C.E. (Eds.) (2019). Narrating Midlife: Crisis, Transition, and Transformation. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, An imprint of Rowman & Littlefield.
Peterson, L.W. (2010). Cutting the meeting short: Conflicting narrative choices in one woman’s maternity leave. In S. Hayden & L. O’Brien Hallstein (Eds.) Contemplating Maternity in the Era of Choice: Explorations into Discourses of Reproduction. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, A Division of Rowman & Littlefield, 227-246.
Peterson, L.W. (2006). From agnostic to evangelical: How an unlikely conversion birthed a unique convergence. In R. Ashton and D. Denton (Eds.), Spirituality, Ethnography, and Teaching: Stories from Within, Peter Lang Publishers, 92-104.
Peterson, L.W. & Vlasman, L. (2004). The transformative power of communication in the lives of disabled persons: How the `Go Project’ engages students, engages community, and engages education. The Texas Speech Communication Journal, 29 (2). 1-10.
Peterson, L.W. & Albrecht, T.L. (1999). Where gender/power/politics collide: Deconstructing organizational maternity leave policy. Journal of Management Inquiry, 8 (2). 168-181.
Peterson, L.W. & Albrecht, T.L. (1996). Message design logic, social support, and mixed-status relationships. Western Journal of Communication, 60 (4), 291-301
Refer to c.v. for an exhaustive list:
Peterson, L.W. (2017, November). “Again…there were two”. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association (Ethnography Division). Dallas, TX.
Peterson, L.W. Jasinski, L., and Young, S. (2017, March) “Fostering and sustaining vocational exploration among faculty and staff” Presentation at 2017 NetVUE Conference “Renewing the Theological Exploration of Vocation,” Charlotte, NC.
Peterson, L.W. (2016, November), “And then there were two”. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association (Ethnography Division), Philadelphia, PA.
Peterson, L.W. (2013, November). , “But now you have us!: Dis/connecting multiple miscarriages from/to a family story”. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association (Ethnography Division), Washington, D.C.
My classes tend to be highly engaging and interactive. I facilitate learning of course material through a combination of storytelling, interactive lectures/discussion, and group work.
Why I Teach
I teach communication because I believe the ability to communicate is what makes us human - therefore, the deep, intentional study of the process of communication enriches our understanding of humanity, culture, society, our relationships, and inevitably, ourselves.