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Molly Hayes Sauder, EdD

By Colleen Karl
A professor and two students stand in press box overlooking Kinsley Field.
Assistant Professor Hayes Sauder talks to Sport Management students in the press box overlooking Kinsley Field on West Campus. Left to right: Hayes Sauder, Kevin Sheaffer '20 (Millerstown, PA) who interned with the Wells Fargo Center and the 76ers; and Ryan Hussey '20 (Severna Park, MD) whose many internships included one with the Orioles.

Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Sport Management and Sport Media, Molly Hayes Sauder, EdD, sets students up for success in their future careers by connecting them with real-life experience, from liaising with alumni at a Philadelphia Phillies networking event to volunteering for the Super Bowl.

What drew Hayes Sauder to teach at York College was the strong Sport Management program. She has always appreciated the positive impact that sport can have on people and this developed into her passion. She says “impacting students and helping them achieve their goals” is what drives her to build upon the program’s success.

She continually helps create a curriculum including hands-on projects that give students real-world experience by getting them out of the classroom and into the industry where they learn exactly what they’ll be doing in their everyday careers. Students engage with various sport organizations throughout the Mid-Atlantic and several projects involve working with the local community. Her Women in Sport class volunteers with Girls on the Run and hosts the York chapter’s 5K on the College campus. Her Sport Behavior class traditionally assists with the Southern York branch of the YMCA and, this year, students will be helping to create a program with the Championship Community Center and US Lacrosse.

Hayes Sauder explains that these projects expand students’ networks and allow them to have experience they can share with future employers. Organizations benefit from up-to-date research and best practices that can enhance what they do as a result of the students’ work. In addition to overseeing project-based learning, Hayes Sauder mentors student researchers and says, “It’s been fantastic to see them get their work accepted at conferences and compete in case study competitions.”

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