Sarah Wolter ’02
Alumni and Faculty
My connection to Gustavus started when I attended yearbook camp the summer after 7th grade. Although my photography skills left something to be desired, I left campus that summer knowing that I wanted to attend college at a place that was as amazing as Gustavus (although I’d like to say my draw was because of the educational opportunities, at that time, I thought the people, the food, and the campus were pretty great). My interest continued, and I returned to Gustavus to pursue a B.A. degree in Honors Communication Studies. After graduation, I could only stay away a few years until coming back as a Visiting Instructor from 2005-2009. I left again to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota and returned again as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2012.
I teach a variety of courses in Communication Studies at Gustavus, though mostly media courses for the 2015-2016 academic year. Pedagogically, I approach media courses from a critical cultural perspective, where mediated communication is socially influential, economically powerful, and politically significant. My goal as an educator is to inspire students to be thoughtful, inquisitive, compassionate, and critically-reflexive citizens.
My research centers on analysis of mediated representations of female athletes from a critical feminist perspective. My dissertation research was on the website espnW, ESPN’s first business initiative geared toward female fans and female athletes. I employed critical discourse analysis to examine ways the site produces specific subjectivities around sport and how these subjectivities reflect power relations in the broader sphere of sport in general. I also looked at how the site represents digital convergence, especially in its emphasis on interacting with fans via social media.
I harbor tremendous pride for my hometown of Red Wing, MN, home of the Wingers, world-famous Red Wing Pottery, and Red Wing Shoes. I currently reside in Northfield, MN with my partner (Blake Kane ’02) and our two children, Sullivan and Spencer. In my free time, I enjoy playing golf, boating, and spending time with family and friends.
B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College, 2002; M.A. Minnesota State University, Mankato, 2005; Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 2012.
COM-120 (Public Discourse), COM-235 (Media and Society), and COM-383 (Communication and Gender)
|Synonym||Title||Times Taught||Terms Taught|
|COM-117||Interpersonal Communication||12||2014/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, and 2006/SP|
|COM-120||Public Discourse||10||2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, and 2007/FA|
|COM-110||Public Speaking||7||2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, and 2005/FA|
|COM-235||Media and Society||6||2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, and 2012/FA|
|COM-219||Teen Girls and Media||5||2009/JN, 2008/JN, 2007/JN, and 2006/JN|
|COM-344||ST:Modern Families||3||2015/FA, 2015/SP, and 2014/FA|
|COM-113||Social Impact of Media||3||2015/JN, 2014/JN, and 2013/JN|
|COM-383||Communication and Gender||2||2014/SP and 2013/SP|
|COM-375||Media/Culture/Power||2||2013/FA and 2012/FA|