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Theological Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we're dedicated to learning, serving and leading through rigorous scholarship and a humble approach to Scripture.

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Education

  • M.F.A., Collaborative Design, John Brown University (2018)
  • M.A., Christian Studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (2007)
  • B.S., Art/Graphic Design, Biola University (2001)

Research Interests

  • Collaborative design & innovation for nonprofits
  • Theological integration in design
  • Impact of empathy on innovation and design

Julia Petersen, M.F.A.

  • Assistant Professor of Creativity and Innovation

  • Traditional Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies Division

Education

  • M.F.A., Collaborative Design, John Brown University (2018)
  • M.A., Christian Studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (2007)
  • B.S., Art/Graphic Design, Biola University (2001)

Research Interests

  • Collaborative design & innovation for nonprofits
  • Theological integration in design
  • Impact of empathy on innovation and design

Professor Julia Petersen joined the Cornerstone University faculty in 2019 and serves as assistant professor of creativity and innovation. Her passion for teaching students how to think creatively and lead with ingenuity is showcased through her involvement in the Creativity & Innovation Honors Institute. She combines her education and experience in art, graphic design, theology and collaborative design with her love for creative problem solving to create a unique classroom experience.

Professor Petersen completed her Bachelor of Science in Art and Graphic Design at Biola University and then went on to receive her Master of Arts in Christian Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. In 2018, she received her Master of Fine Arts in Collaborative Design from John Brown University, writing a thesis titled “Increasing Theological Integration in Design Education at Christian Universities” which used collaborative design for its methodology.

Prior to teaching at Cornerstone, Professor Petersen served as assistant professor of graphic design at Trinity International University. In her spare time, Professor Petersen also does freelance work in graphic design and marketing.

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Hobbies

  • LEGOs
  • Visiting museums
  • Hiking and backpacking
  • Photography
  • Travel

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