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Dr. Andersen has been a member of the Department of Education since 1997. She has a BS in elementary education, a MEd in reading and language arts education and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with a reading and language arts emphasis.
Dr. Andersen teaches a variety of reading, early childhood and language arts courses for elementary and middle school certifications at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. These include Reading Skills in the Elementary School, Early Childhood Curriculum, Reading in the Content Areas and Language Arts Methods.
Dr. Andersen's most recent article is entitled Making Meaning: Using Context and Word Play to develop Vocabulary.
She has many other publications and presentations at state and regional conferences in her field.
Dr. Andersen is the adviser for the Future Educators Society and also chairs the University Convocation Committee.
Dr. Andersen conducts research related to reading and vocabulary strategies for children as well as research on convocation programs. She is also collaborating with Dr. Harry Hueston in a program to help pre-service teachers prevent and react to school violence.
Dr. Andersen has been selected as a delegate to the Oxford Round Table in Oxford, England four times and was honored to represent the University at such a prestigious event.
In her spare time, Dr. Andersen enjoys traveling, reading and driving her classic Mustang. She is married to Rik, the University Photographer, and they have two Shelties named River and Skye.