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.