Dr. Anderson joined ISU's Family and Consumer Sciences faculty in 2006, after several years in Church Music and, later, Music Therapy. He holds a PhD in Educational Psychology and an MS in Human Environmental Sciences from the University of Alabama, as well as a Master’s in music from the Southern Theological Seminary. He is currently a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) with the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and a Quality Matters certified peer reviewer of online courses. Prior to coming to Illinois State, Dr. Anderson taught educational and developmental psychology and guitar for music therapy majors at the University of Alabama. He has also accepted several invitations to teach/mentor on varied topics at ISU’s Center for Teaching and Learning Technology (CTLT).
He was elected as the Student Affiliate Advisor Representative of NCFR’s Affiliate Councils Board in 2017 and has also served for several years on the Executive Board of the IL-CFR as board member, Membership Chair, and Awards Chair. He has also established myself, beyond the university, as a consistently effective teacher and mentor with recognition from the NCFR, the Illinois Council of Family Relations, and Cognella Publishing, as well as achieving Teacher of Honor status from the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society for Educators. In 2018, He was nominated for the Robert Frost Cherry Award, the nation’s highest honor for teaching in higher education.
499.002Independent Research For The Master's Thesis
252.001Multicultural Family Studies
398.002Professional Practice: Human Development and Family Science
401.001Theories & Contemporary Issues In Family & Consumer Sciences
-Family and Educational Theory
-Cognitive development and problem-solving
-Cultural influences in human development, relationships, and aging
Interests include applications of educational theory and best practice in teaching abstract concepts (i.e. interrupted case studies, dysconscious racism), publications in these areas have been included in The Educational Forum and the Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and in over 50 state and national presentations. Work in these areas has also resulted in twice being invited to join seminars on related topics at the NCFR annual conference and as a Faculty Fellow at CTLT.