Matthew Sanders
Assistant  Professor of Communication Studies

0720 Old Main Hill
Utah State University
Logan, Utah 84322-0720
(435) 797-8409
Office: Main 202 C

Matt Sanders is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2008.His research interests include nonprofit organizations, and social change, leadership, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Educational Background
Focus: Communication Studies
B.A., Brigham Young University
M.A., University of Colorado
Ph.D., University of Colorado

Courses Regularly Taught
Interpersonal Communication
Organizational Communication
Communication and Leadership
Organizations and Social Change

Current Research Interests
Exploring how the distinct characteristics of nonprofit organizations are maintained in the
face of a pervasive for-profit business model.

Understanding how popular representations of social entrepreneurship and the nonprofit sector construct cultural understandings about nonprofit work

Examining how pedagogical innovations can increase student learning and empowerment

Recent Publications
Sanders, M. L., & McClellan, J. G. (in press). Being business-like while pursuing a social mission: Acknowledging the inherent tensions in US nonprofit organizing. Organization.

Sanders, M. L. (2012). Theorizing nonprofit organizations as contradictory enterprises: Understanding the inherent tensions of nonprofit marketization. Management Communication Quarterly, 26, 179-185.

Sanders, M. L. (2012). Becoming a Learner: Realizing the Opportunity of Education. Hyde Park, UT: Institute for Communication & Leadership.

Sanders, M. L., Boss, A. D., Boss, R. W., & McConkie, M. L. (2011). Increasing student engagement and learning: Using Big Hairy Audacious Goals as an empowering semester project. Public Administration Quarterly, 35, 491-516.

McClellan, J. G., & Sanders, M. L. (2013, February). (Re)organizing organizational communication pedagogy: Attending to the salient qualities of a communicative approach to organization. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association, Reno, Nevada. (Received Top Paper Award)

Sanders, M. L. & Harper, L. (2012, November). Examining what it means to be business-like in the nonprofit sector: Toward a communicative explanation. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Orlando, Florida.

Sanders, M. L. (2012, February). The dialectical nature of nonprofit organizing: Understanding the role of communication in managing the mission-market tension. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western States Communication Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Awards, Honors and Fellowships
College of Humanities and Social Science, Utah State University, Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year, April 2013

Organizational Communication Interest Group of the Western States Communication Association, Top Paper Award, February 2013.

National Academic Advising Association, Outstanding New Faculty Advisor – Certificate of Merit, October 2011.

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Utah State University, Teacher of the Year, April 2010.

Curriculum Vitae