Contact: Wendel Sloan at 505.562.2253
Reporter: Garet Ervin
PORTALES--Dr. James Anderson, vice provost for Undergraduate Studies at
North Carolina State University, will speak at Eastern New Mexico University
at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building. Dr.
Anderson's address, titled "Institutional Commitment to Academic Excellence
and Learning Communities," is being delivered in connection with his
designation as a McMillan Lecturer. The McMillan Lectureship was established
by endowment from the late Colin McMillan. Mr. McMillan, of Roswell, was a
prominent businessman and statesman, both at state and national levels.
Dr. Anderson, who will become vice president and associate provost for
Institutional Diversity at Texas A&M University in February, is well known
for his research in learning styles, his leadership in the fields of
undergraduate studies, learning communities, preparation for college, and
assessment of learning in higher education.
Dr. Anderson, who attained his B.A. at Villanova University, where he also
played basketball, and his Ph.D. at Cornell University, has presented
workshops at over 200 conferences, universities, colleges, and community
colleges on topics such as issues related to student retention, enhancing
faculty instructional competency, teaching effectiveness, strategies for
facilitating student learning styles, the infusion of diversity throughout
the curriculum and the institution, learning communities, academic quality,
organizational change and diversity.
Dr. Anderson is a member of the Board of Trustees of Villanova University,
has delivered over 90 keynote addresses at major state and national
conferences, and has published numerous articles and received numerous
national and regional awards and honors.
"Dr. Anderson is a very dynamic speaker and addresses the need for effective
leadership and cooperation among different 'partners' in the educational
community in order to achieve academic excellence," said ENMU's Assessment
Coordinator, Larry Smith. "Several ENMU faculty members attended one of Dr.
Anderson's workshops last winter, and I'm sure they will join me in
recommending attendance at the event on Oct. 22."
Dr. Anderson's address is open to the public.