Sarah Maxwell

Assistant Provost
Associate Professor of Public and Nonprofit Management
Faculty Affiliate, Hobson Wildenthal Honors College
Green Hall 3.130
Tags: Public and Nonprofit Management

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Public Policy/Society, Values, & Policy
George Mason University, School of Public Policy - 2004
M.A. - Mass Communications
University of Denver - 1994
B.S. - Psychology
Colorado State University - 1990

Research Areas

Research Interests
Vector-borne disease/Lyme Disease policy, health and education, higher education, social media engagement 


Civic engagement through social media: Strategic stakeholder management by high-asset foundations 2019 - Book Chapter
Lyme Disease and spatiotemporal working paper; draft 2019 - Working Paper
Twitter use and engagement in the 10 Largest U.S. Cities. 2019 - Book Chapter
(reprint) Civic engagement through social media: Strategic stakeholder management by high-asset foundations 2019 - Book Chapter
Civic engagement through social media: Strategic stakeholder management by high-asset foundations 2017 - Journal Article
Bach, Beethoven, and benefactors: Facebook engagement between symphonies and their stakeholders. 2016 - Journal Article
Social Media Management: Exploring Facebook engagement among high-asset foundations. 2016 - Journal Article
Effective social media engagement for nonprofits: What matters? 2015 - Journal Article
Community engagement as a predictor of higher education matriculation 2014 - Book Chapter
Managing the Hollow State: Best practices to maintain accountability in Service Implementation Networks. 2014 - Research Tool


Assistant Provost
University of Texas at Dallas, Office of Community College Relations [2018–Present]
Associate Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2012–Present]
Associate Dean
UTD, Office of Undergraduate Education [2015–2017]
Assistant Dean
University of Texas at Dallas [2010–2012]
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2009–2012]
University of Arizona [2005–2009]
Maximus, Inc. [2004–2005]
National Youth Employment Coalition / National Council on Crime and Delinquency [2004–2018]
Comcor, lnc. [2001–2018]
National Youth Employment Coalition under grant from Annie E. Casey Foundation [1999–2003]

Additional Information

Selected Presentations
  •  “Academic and Industry Mentoring-Coaching Partnerships for At-Risk Youth: C-CORE as an Emerging and Promising College Model,” University of New Mexico Mentoring Institute Conference: Facilitating Developmental Relationships for Success. Peer reviewed conference paper (accepted). October, 2012. 
  •  Webinar on Promising Practices in Mentoring and Coaching At-Risk Youth for US Department of Justice Mentoringgrantees (December, 2011) 
  •  Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), 25" Annual Research Conference (2003)
  •  National Association of Counties (2002)
  •  U.S. Department of Labor: Demonstration Grants Bidders Conference (2001, 2002)
  •  National Council ofluvenile and Family Courtludges, (2002)
  •  Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice Annual Education Conference, (2002)
  •  Texas Workforce Commission Annual Conference, (2001)
  •  SER-Jobs for Progress National Conference, (2001 & 2002)
  •  American Correctional Association, 130th & 132nd Congress of Correction (2000 & 2002)
  •  Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA), Annual Meeting (2000 & 2002)
Professional Experience
  • Consultant, 2004 -2005, Maximus, Inc.
    Subcontractor on large scale initiative to reform the DC’sjuvenilejustice system.
  • Consultant, 2004, National Youth Employment Coalition / National Council on Crime and Delinquency
    Wrote policy bulletin on employment for court-involved youth for OJJDP
  • Consultant, 1999-2003, National Youth Employment Coalition under grant from Annie E. Casey Foundation
    Researched and wrote policy narrative on high-risk youth and juvenile justice reform initiatives. Presented at national conferences and state trainings. Gathered and synthesized outcome data.
  • Consultant, 2001, Comcor, lnc.
    Evaluated youth programming for community corrections agency.
  • Consultant, 1998-1999, State of Florida, Education Policy Task Force -Juvenile Justice Accountability Board
    Wrote literature review and recommendations for Volume L “A Study of Vocational Programming in Juvenile Justice Commitment Facilities,” for the Education Policy Task Force commissioned by the Florida Legislature
  • National Coordinator, 1993-1997, Home Builders Institute, Educational Arm of the National Association of Home Builders (Washington, D.C.)
    Employed under numerous federal, state and private grants.
    Responsibilities included:
    Monitoring grant compliance across numerous states and agencies; Managing contracts and subcontracts; Managing national and state-level staff and providing technical assistance and support to sub-contractors; Writing grants; Overseeing start-up and operational phases of programs; overseeing partnerships with school districts, correctional facilities, and youth programs; and Developing and organizing a national task force sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Labor.

News Articles

Dallas Teen Shares Story after Tick Bite
Professor Turns Lyme Disease Fight into Facebook Campaign, Research
Dr. Sarah Maxwell took her two daughters to doctor after doctor to find out what was causing their extreme fatigue, joint pain, memory problems and flu-like symptoms. For two years, their illnesses remained a mystery.

“I kept saying, ‘Something’s wrong,’” said Maxwell, professor of public and nonprofit management in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas. “We had some really frustrating experiences.”

Katharine, 18, and Claire, 16, went from competing in triathlons to missing months of school because they were so ill. Finally, they were diagnosed with Lyme disease, which is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi transmitted through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Lyme Club Promotes Awareness of Misunderstood Disease
EPPS Names New Associate, Assistant Deans
UT Dallas’ School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) has named a new associate dean for graduate programs and assistant dean for undergraduate studies. Dr. Tom Brunell, professor of political science, will oversee the graduate students, and Dr. Sarah Maxwell, clinical assistant professor in criminology and public policy, will work with students seeking bachelor’s degrees. Brunell succeeds Dr. Euel Elliott, professor of political science, who helped oversee a major expansion of the school during his 15 years in the position. Dr. Kruti Dholakia-Lehenbauer, clinical professor in public policy and political economy, formerly assisted the undergraduates.


  • 2018-- Ambassador, GLobal Lyme Alliance 
  • 2017-2018 Advisor, Infectious Disease High School Club 
  • 2012 Hosted US Department of Justice –HBI Sponsored Conference at UTD for federal mentoring grantees
  •  2008 Ethics Competition Judge, Better Business Bureau, Arizona 
  •  2005-2008 Coordinator, Arizona Networks, a non-profit funding newsletter with over 3500 subscribers
  •  2002-2004 Member, Community Advisory Board, Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections
  •  2002-2006 Member, PEPNet Working Group, National Youth Employment Coalition
  •  1995-1998 Member, Task Force on Employment and Training for Juvenile Offenders US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention/ US Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration


Research Member
Research Member,  Integrate, Communicate, Inform (ICI)-Vector-borne Disease Working Group                                             
Vice President
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, UTD Chapter 
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Higher Education Regional Council (HERC) 
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Undergraduate Education Advisory Council 
Vice President
Seagoville’s Pathways to Technology Early College High School (P-Tech) Advisory Board, Dallas Independent School District 
City of Dallas Communication and Policy Institute Task Force


Texans & Ticks
- Lyme Disease Association, Inc [–2018/12]
An educational campaign on Lyme Disease and co-infections in Texas.
Principal Investigator
$198.873 - United States Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention []
Home Builders Institute – C-CORE Mentoring Grant