Office/Department: Sociology and Communication Studies, Department of
Location: Sattgast Hall 215
Phone: (218) 755-2900
Box #: C
My bio reads like many of my students! I started my college life thinking I wanted to be a forester but ended up with a degree in Sociology—but only after taking many courses in Geography, Environmental Studies and Economics. With my undergraduate degree in hand, I did some additional searching—trying Law and finally getting my Masters in Public Administration. After a few years doing consulting work, I went back to school to get a doctorate in Sociology. With my background, I am able to empathize with students who are struggling to figure out their major and their career future. While I can’t make choices for them, I can help them make good decisions about their major and their career futures.
This is my 21st year of university teaching. . My path toward this specific career began with my degree work at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where I completed my Ph.D. While I am intrigued by many areas of my discipline, I do research primarily in the areas of work and family. A colleague and I just published an article on interpretations of work-family balance as depicted in newspapers. Last year I completed a several year study on campus climate for faculty in the seven MnSCU universities. In addition to continuing my research in this area, I continue to be interested in how individuals sacrifice for one another in relationships and the consequences for them for doing so.
Ph.D., 1996, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Sociology; areas of specialization: Family and Theory
Dissertation: “The Effect of Race on Kinship Support: A Meta- Analysis”
M.P.A., 1988, University of North Dakota
B.A., 1983, Bemidji State University
Sociology with minors in Environmental Studies and Economics
- Seminar in Sociology
- Social Statistics (Undergraduate & Graduate)
- Social Research Practicum
- Education and Careers S
- ociety and Social Issues
- Environmental Sociology S
- ociology of Marriage and Family
- Capstone in Sociology
- Career Preparation
- American Culture
- Urban Sociology
- Education and Careers
- Research Methods
- Family and Society
- Sociology of Work and Organizations
- Sociological Theory
- Sociological Methods and Statistics
- Sociology of Sport
- Quantitative Research Methods (Undergraduate and Graduate)
- Greer, Colleen and Debra Peterson. 2013. “Balancing Act? Cultural Representations of Work-family Balance in the News Media.” Sociological Spectrum: Mid-South Sociological Association. 33:2, 117-135.
- Peterson, Debra and Colleen Greer. 2013. Campus Climate Report: Results from the Focus Groups Conducted March 2010-January 2011 and the Online Survey Conducted November 1-20, 2012. Presented to the Inter Faculty Organization Board of Directors September 2013.
- Peterson, Debra and Colleen Greer. August 2013. “Campus Climate: Results from Faculty Focus Groups in a Midwestern State University System.” Presentation given at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, New York, NY.
- Peterson, Debra and Colleen Greer. 2005, March-April. “The Effect of Living Apart from One’s Partner on Relationship Quality.” Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Midwest sociological Society, Minneapolis, MN.
- Peterson, D. (2005). [Review of the book Heads Above Water: Gender, Class, and Family in the Grand Forks Flood].Teaching Sociology 33, 342.
- Peterson, D. F. (2001). [Review of the book Families Across Time: A Life Course Perspective]. Teaching Sociology, 29, 256-257.
- Peterson, D. F. and O’Connor, C. K. (1997). [Review of the book Marriages and Families in a Diverse Society]. Teaching Sociology, 25, 95-96.
- Peterson, D. F. and C. K. O’Connor. (1997). Study Guide for Marriages and Families: Reflections of a Gendered Society. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
- Peterson, D. (1996). “What is a family?” In G. Macheski, K. S. Lowney, and T. Meyers (Eds.), Teaching about Families: A Collection of Syllabi, Projects, and Class Materials. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association. pp. 216-217.
- Peterson, D. F. (1996). The Effect of Race on Kinship Support: A Meta-analysis. Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE.
- White, L. K. and Peterson, D. F. (1995). “The Retreat from Marriage and Intergenerational Exchange: Unmarried and Divorced Children’s Exchange with Parents.” Journal of Marriage and the Family 57, 428-434.
Hobbies: Reading, Bicycling, Hiking, Beading