Karin Peterson has been with UNC Asheville since 1999, serving as department chair since 2012 and playing a prominent role in numerous campus projects and service assignments. She has also served on the Committee of Tenured Faculty, Post Tenure Review, SACS QEP Planning, the Position Allocation Committee, and on task forces related to Tenure and Rewards, Student Rating of Instruction, and Curriculum Delivery.
Peterson was a 2017 UNC General Administration Academic Affairs Fellow, working on a project to enhance the agency and efficacy of department chairs. With a career-long interest in the development of students as learners, Peterson also supports faculty in the work they do. Her publications include co-authored studies of student learning in UNC Asheville’s Food Cluster; a study of women faculty’s experiences of being parents and not being parents; and co-authored essays on faculty writing groups. Peterson is trained as a sociologist of art and culture, and has studied art galleries in Paris, France, and, more recently, in the United States, has examined the practices employed by curators and other cultural entrepreneurs to define cultural products as works of art.