Hello, I'm Dr. Pat Sanders a tenured, Professor of Communications, at a regional university where my teaching specialty is Journalism and Digital Media Production. I have been a professor for the past couple of decades. However, before joining academia, I worked as a broadcast journalist. I still enjoy listening to and telling a good story. I also continue to enjoy public speaking, communications coaching, consulting and professional voice-over work. I thrive on communications!
In other parts of my life, I have been fortunate enough to win awards for my teaching and journalism work, having received recognition on campus, in my community and the state. Some of those awards include the Outstanding Service Award by our Student Government Association, Faculty Alumni Award and Advisor of the Year from the National Broadcasting Society, along with an Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Honor Society for Leadership, and University Presidential Diversity Award. I enjoy interacting with and providing mentorship to students and leading them on national and international learning experiences.
I love meeting
people from diverse
My involvement and service on numerous campus committees and community boards fulfills my service and volunteerism bug. My election to the District 2 Representative on the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) National Board allows me to serve seven states. Within that organization, I also serve on the Multicultural and Religion and Media Division Boards. Other scholarly work includes membership in the Southern States Communication Association (SSCA). On a state level, as a graduate of Leadership Alabama Class XIV, I experienced the opportunity to drill down into work with an elite group of leaders from across my home state.
What are my research interests? They center around the use of audio, social and digital media for storytelling by marginalized communities. In addition, my research agenda has evolved to include cultural and social diversity issues and in the workplace, in particular in higher education. This has led to presented and published work on the topic.
My personal interests include spending quality time with my husband and two adult children, experiencing new foods and travel. I love meeting people from diverse backgrounds, reading, writing, listening to a good podcast and my church. Dogs, well, they are my favorite pet. I start each day by completing a morning devotion and savoring a good, strong cup of coffee!
“The Only Way To Do Great Work Is To Love What You Do. If You Haven’t Found It Yet, Keep Looking. Don’t Settle.”
– Steve Jobs