Dr. Matthew Savage
Office: 242 COM
Matthew W. Savage (Ph.D., 2012, Arizona State University) is an assistant professor of health and interpersonal communication who is passionate about teaching and research. His research interests focus on the intersection of health, interpersonal, and mass communication. Dr. Savage’s scholarship is conducted within the context of creating and supporting health communication campaigns aimed to deter negative and risky behaviors among adolescents and young adults. To that end, Dr. Savage’s research is centered on team science and community approaches, relying on strong partnerships with educational institutions, government organizations, and non-profits. Currently, he is working on various projects that address adolescent bullying/cyberbullying, oral health promotion, and reciprocal violence. His research has been translated to clinical practice via external and internal funding mechanisms. When it comes to teaching, Matthew enjoys integrating new technology into his courses and using discussion-based formats as a catalyst for cognitive and affective learning. His teaching philosophy focuses on participatory engagement, the importance of establishing the relevance of course material to real-world experiences, and challenging students to exceed their expectations. He is recognized with prestigious university teaching awards at the University of Kentucky, the University of Hawaii, and Arizona State University.


  1. Health Communication
  2. Health Campaigns
  3. Interpersonal Communication
  4. Quantitative Methods
  5. Persuasion


  • 2014-15 Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, University of Kentucky
  • 2013 Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, University of Kentucky
  • 2012 Distinguished Service Award, Arizona State University
  • 2010-11 Jeanne Lind Herberger Fellowship in Communication, Arizona State University
  • 2008 Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Hawai‘i

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