Linda and Ron Matson

Ron Matson


Phone: (316) 978-6659

Dr. Ron Matson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of South Dakota. He attended the University of Colorado, Boulder for his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology. In 1970, he joined the faculty at Wichita State University as a member of the sociology department. There he served continuously for 42 years and acted as chair for 17 years. On July 1, 2012, Dr. Matson was named interim dean of Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. On November 5, 2014, he was appointed dean.

Dean Matson has published two edited books. “The Spirit of Sociology” (third edition) is used in introductory sociology classes. The second, “One of the Guys: Masculinities in Social Context,” supports his work in the Men and Masculinities course he has taught at WSU since 1979. Dr. Matson’s current research interests include gendered violence in the context of schools and dating relationships. Funding for his research comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, targeting sexual violence and bullying, as well as from a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation community-based grant initiative on teen dating violence. Dr. Matson works in the anti-violence movement and has served on several boards of directors for agencies serving youth and victims of violence. In 2011, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education named Dr. Matson as the Kansas Professor of the Year. It is the only nationally competitive award to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring. Being named Kansas POY is perhaps the most meaningful recognition of all the awards he has received.

Ron is married to Linda Matson, who works in WSU Athletics as a mentor for student athletes. Ron and Linda have four children and eight grandchildren, all of whom live in Wichita or in the region. Ron and Linda enjoy traveling, gardening, cooking, reading and spending time with their family.

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