Christina Petersen

Education Program Specialist



Christina partners with faculty, departments, and colleges to help create and redesign courses to promote maximal student learning. She supports instructors who would like to innovate or change their teaching approaches. Her teaching interests include integrating active learning into science courses, teaching in active learning classrooms, and evidence-based teaching practice. She facilitates a pedagogical journal club open to the UMN community. Her teaching experience includes undergraduate courses (PHCL 4343 Pharmacology of the Synapse), and graduate courses (PHCL 5113 Scientific Speaking for Graduate Students, and GRAD 8101 Teaching in Higher Education). Christina’s research pursuits include determining best practices for directors of multiple instructor courses and supporting student teamwork. She is co-author of the book A Guide to Teaching in the Active Learning Classroom (Stylus, 2016). She has a PhD in Pharmacology from Vanderbilt University and a BS in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin.


Christina serves as liaison to:

  • Medical School (UMD & UMTC)
  • College of Pharmacy (UMD & UMTC)
  • College of Veterinary Medicine (UMTC)