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Aaron Peterson

Independent Scholar, Educational Leadership-Higher Education & Student Affairs


Dr. Aaron Peterson's most recent academic appointment was as an assistant professor of educational leadership with emphases in higher education and student affairs at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM). He is an honors program graduate, and he earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota, with majors in communication studies and aviation operations in 2005. He earned a master’s degree in negotiation and dispute resolution from Creighton University’s School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska in 2012. He completed doctoral work and earned an Ed.D. in educational leadership with a focus in higher education administration through Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2018.  Dr. Peterson conducts research on a regular basis. His primary focus centers on the exploration of conflict engagement within the field of higher education, particularly for its leaders at various levels. He and a colleague have also recently accepted a contract for a book that focuses on the traits of successful leaders.