Social, economic, political, and cultural variables that influence and shape sports, especially for girls and women. Topics include Title IX, coaching and administrative challenges for women, media and gender, and issues related to eating disorders, homophobia, and gender identity in sport.
About the Instructor
Calli Sanders, whose oversight responsibility for the Cyclone athletics department includes 15 sports, joined the Iowa State staff in 2003. The Senior Associate Athletics Director for Sports Administration is also the athletics department’s Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) and liaison with the Athletics Council.
Cyclone Athletes in Sanders’ sports have enjoyed national prominence. In recent years, the women’s basketball and volleyball teams advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament and ranked among the country’s best programs in their respective polls. The women’s cross country, track & field and women’s golf programs also make regular appearances in their NCAA post-season events.
Sanders has served as a peer reviewer for the NCAA certification program and currently sits on the editorial board of Athletic Management magazine and College Athletic Clips. She served for two years on the NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee, selecting the participating teams and managing all rounds of the tournament including the Women’s Final Four. At the conference level, she has served on committees for television, legislation, ethical conduct and gender equity.
Sanders has an undergraduate degree in communications from Montana (1986), a master’s in education from UAB (1990), and a doctorate in higher education administration from Montana State (2004). She also completed the Sports Management Institute’s executive program at the University of Notre Dame and the University of South Carolina in 2001 and 2002.