Dr. Stephen Anderson
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Dr. Anderson began teaching at Caldwell Community College (NC) in 1971, after completing his master's degree. Two years later, he started his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland where he was offered a faculty position at the beginning of the third year of his program. He completed his degree and remained on the faculty for 2 more years, then accepted a position at Indiana University. During his 10 years at Indiana University, he also held visiting faculty appointments at the University of Wisconsin, Southern Connecticut State University, and the University of Waterloo (CA). In 1988, he accepted an administrative position, as the Chair of the Department of Recreation, Tourism, and Hospitality Management at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Then in 1996, he accepted the position as Chair of the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management at the University of Florida. In 2007, Dr. Anderson became the Associate Dean of Human Performance and Leisure Sciences and the Chair of the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Barry University. He is currently serving as Interim Dean.
Dr. Anderson has taught at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate levels and taught graduate courses on television at Indiana University. He has chaired 10 doctorate and 6 masters students and served on 6 doctorate and 11 masters committees.
While some of his grants have funded his research, most of the external monies ($854,100) have been awarded for the purpose of developing curricula and to recruit/retain minority students. Other curriculum development efforts have included a non-thesis masters degree at the University of Maryland, a Ph.D. in Human Performance with a concentration in Leisure Behavior at Indiana University, a minor in Leisure Studies in the Masters of Public Affairs (Department of Political Science) and a masters degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism at UNCG, and a Ph.D., with three concentrations, at the University of Florida.
Dr. Anderson also has experience in curriculum accreditation. He has chaired 19 visitation teams and been a member of 6 others. He has chaired 6 self-studies, served on the NRPA/AALR Council on Accreditation, and was a member of UNCG's campus Executive Committee and Steering Committee for SACS accreditation.
His research interest is in community development. More specifically, he is interested in building social capital to enhance health and well-being and improve the quality of life. Although 16 years as an administrator curtailed his research, he has garnered over 60 publications.
One can ascertain from his curriculum vita that Dr. Anderson has provided extensive service to international, national, and state professional organizations and has been substantially involved in each university where he has held appointments. Most notable are: President of the National Therapeutic Recreation Society; member of the Board of Directors of the American Association for Leisure and Recreation; member of WLJ, TRJ, LT/JOPERD, and APAQ editorial boards; member of the NRPA Certification Examination Committee; member of university promotion and tenure committees; and faculty senator.