Christina I. Petersen


Christina I. Petersen is an Education Program Specialist in the Center for Educational Innovation at the University of Minnesota. She works with colleges, departments, and individuals from multiple disciplines to develop curriculum and courses that incorporate evidence-based pedagogical practices to foster student learning. Her own research interests include influences on faculty attitudes toward student-centered teaching approaches, and factors that lead to effective student team functioning. At the University of Minnesota, she has taught courses in higher education pedagogy, neuropharmacology, and scientific presentation skills courses, many of these in active learning classrooms. Petersen also served as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University where she studied molecular mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmia. Petersen has published in Nature Neuroscience, the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, and New Directions in Teaching and Learning. She earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University in 1999.