Sara M Mathis

Sara M Mathis

Sara M Mathis

Assistant Professor

Communication Education, Instructional Communication, Critical Theory, Qualitative Methods

Dr. Sara Mathis is the Introductory Course Coordinator and Assistant Professor (term) in the Department of Communication.  This is her first year at George Mason University.  Sara holds a B.S. in Speech Communication Education from Illinois State University, an MA in Communication from the University of New Mexico, and a PhD from University of Utah.

Prior to coming to GMU, Sara served as the Assistant Basic Course Director at University of Nevada-Las Vegas.  Her work there included developing new curriculum for the Comm 100 Public Speaking, Comm 102 Interpersonal Communication, and 104 Critical Thinking & Public Argument.

Sara's research interests include: basic course pedagogy, graduate teacher assistant training, curriculum development, assessment, and examination of identity(ies) in graduate teaching assistants and undergraduate students with emphasis on intersections of gender and race.

Selected Publications

Mathis, S. M. (2018). (Ed). Communication 101 Course Text. Ann Arbor, MI: Xanedu Publishing, Inc.

Mathis, S. M. (2017). Critical thinking and public argument: A community engagement experience. New York, NY: Macmillan.


Grants and Fellowships

Teaching & Learning Curriculum Grant 2017

Breeden Grant 2016

Courses Taught

George Mason University:

Comm 101: Fundamentals of Communication

Previous Institutions:

Public Speaking

Fundamentals of Communication

Interpersonal Communication

Critical Thinking & Public Argument

Small Group Communication

Introduction to Communication Theory

Communication for Teachers




University of Utah, PhD 

University of New Mexico, MA

Illinois State University, BS