Degrees: Ph.D. (2010) in Organizational & Health Communication (Ohio University); M.A. in Organizational Communication (Ohio University); B.A. in Interpersonal Communication (Ohio State University).
Year appointed: 2008
Dr. Alane Sanders' teaching and research interests lie at the intersections of organizational and instructional communication. Additionally, she examines how communication behaviors are influenced by a communicator's state of health and the structures of healthcare settings. She primarily teaches courses in organizational communication, health communication, group discussion and leadership, and public speaking. Prior to coming to Marietta College, Dr. Sanders taught a variety of courses at Ohio University and Washington State Community College, and has received multiple awards for outstanding performance in the classroom.
Dr. Sanders' research interests are deeply intertwined with her passion for teaching. The majority of her research focuses on how communication practices structure and influence educational experiences. She enjoys examining discourses of teaching and learning, socialization processes in schools, forms of democratic organizing, and the co-creation of learning environments in a variety of settings. She has published in the Southern Communication Journal, Communication Teacher, and the Journal of the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, and has authored various book chapters. Her doctoral dissertation explored how emotion influences high school students' communication and abilities to thrive at school.
Beyond academic walls, Ms. Sanders loves exploring the great outdoors, and most enjoys spending time with her family laughing about and sharing life's (mis)adventures.