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.
Current Research Interests
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
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.
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.
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.