Communication Education, Instructional Communication, Critical Theory, Qualitative Methods
Dr. Sara Mathis is the Introductory Course Coordinator and Assistant Professor Instructional in the Department of Communication. This is her fourth 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 in Communication from the University of Utah.
Dr. Mathis is responsible for training, and supervising a staff of 40-60 instructors who teach 3500-4000 undergraduate students per year in Comm 101.
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.
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.
Teaching & Learning Curriculum Grant 2017
Breeden Grant 2016
George Mason University:
Comm 653: Instructional Communication
Comm 101: Fundamentals of Communication
Fundamentals of 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