Skip to Main Content

Mavis G. Sanders


Ph.D. – Stanford University
Office: Fine Arts, Room 017
Phone: 410-455-2738
Mavis G. Sanders is affiliate professor in the doctoral program in language, literacy, and culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She teaches courses on cultural diversity, research designs in education, and teacher leadership as well as independent studies for doctoral students with interests in community development, education policy and reform, and program evaluation. Her research focuses on improving schools and educational outcomes for underserved youth through school, family, and community partnerships. She has authored/co-authored over 50 journal articles and book chapters on how schools and districts develop and scale up their partnership programs, the effects of home, school, and community collaboration on African-American adolescents’ school success, and community engagement in schools.  She has also authored/edited five books, most recently Reviewing the Success of Full-Service Community Schools in the US: Challenges and Opportunities for Students, Teachers, and Communities (with Claudia Galindo, Routledge, 2020) and School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action, Fourth Edition (with Joyce Epstein, et al., Corwin Press, 2018).  Her current research, funded by the Spencer Foundation, examines the role of principal and teacher leadership in restructuring learning opportunities for low-income students through full-service community schools.

Click here for CV