Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1969
Doctor of Humane Letters (Honorary), Wheeling Jesuit University, 1997
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Professor Peterson taught and conducted research on international relations, global issues and international news coverage. She is the author of Conflict, Communication, and Mutual Threat: Sino-Soviet-American Relations (Monograph Series in World Affairs, University of Denver, 1979). Her scholarly articles have appeared in Public Opinion Quarterly, Studies in Comparative International Development, Journalism Quarterly, Sage International Yearbook of Foreign Policy Studies, Communication in International Politics. Professor Peterson’s outstanding teaching and service has been recognized by many awards. Along with being designated the original recipient of the College’s Outstanding Service Award (in 1975), Professor Peterson has been named WVU Foundation Outstanding Teacher, Gold Medal Finalist CASE Professor of the Year, College Outstanding Teacher, Heebink Award for Distinguished State Service, Mary Catherine Award for Outstanding Service to Women, and University Award for Outstanding Teaching. Professor Peterson was the founder and director of the new major, International Studies Program (1980-1992), and founder/director of the statewide West Virginia Consortium for Faculty and Course Development in International Studies (FACDIS) for which she accepted the G. Theodore Mitau Award for State Colleges and Universities. In 1997 Professor Peterson received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Wheeling Jesuit University.