Tammy Matthews, a native Chicagoan, worked in major-market print media for nearly 15 years. She was the special sections editor for the Chicago Sun-Times and its north suburban editions of the Pioneer Press. She continued as a freelance special sections editor after relocating to Colorado. Earlier in her career, she edited the Chicago Southland Business magazine. In these roles, she developed a keen sense of media, discourse, business, community and networking.
As a doctoral student at the University of Colorado Boulder, Matthews unites her passions — sport, media, language and gender — in her primary research, which focuses on historical and contemporary representations of transgender athletes in sport media. Her additional interests are in education, global and domestic culture, new media, interpersonal relationships, travel, art, technology and business. Specializing in Journalism Studies, she will earn a Ph.D. in Media Research and Practice.
While completing a Master’s of Science in Public Communication and Technology degree through Colorado State University’s Department of Journalism and Media Communication, she also earned a Graduate Teaching Certificate and Women’s Studies Certificate. In addition, Matthews was the lead instructor for the copy editing and grammar course for which she developed an innovative curriculum designed to increase student engagement and content retention. Previously, she taught computer-mediated visual communication and business writing. The JMC department presented the Graduate Teaching Instructor of the Year Award to Matthews for the 2015-2016 school year. During the summer of 2015, she was a marketing intern for the Barcelona SAE study abroad company and attended a Foreign Correspondent course in Prague.
Matthews also earned a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and taught English to Tibetan refugees near Dharamsala, India. As an undergraduate, Matthews received her Bachelor’s of Journalism, with a magazine-editing emphasis, from the University of Missouri-Columbia’s School of Journalism and was a music editor for Vox Magazine. Roller derby is her favorite sport, and lox is her favorite food. The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in Barcelona and The Art Institute of Chicago are her favorite museums. Her favorite people are her family, friends and students.