A native of Winston-Salem, NC, Dr. Marjorie S. Anderson pursued her undergraduate work in English at Sweet Briar College and Wake Forest University. As a Phi Beta Kappa graduate, she next completed her M.Ed. in Administration and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in cultural studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
While completing graduate work, she worked for many years as a public high school teacher of English and French. Her experience in teaching French extends from teaching pre-schoolers to adults in community college; her experience in English includes teaching writing workshops and reporting for the National Council of Teachers of English. She has spent significant personal time in France as well as time there as a recipient of an RJ Reynolds grant to integrate art into the public school curriculum.
Dr. Anderson’s college teaching experience includes Wake Forest University, Forsyth Technical Community College, East Tennessee State University, and Salem College before coming to Cumberland University.
Her secondary administrative experience originated as the director of an adult high school alternative program serving students earning a high school diploma from age sixteen up to 59 years old, many of whom were on probation and or parole. Dr. Anderson came to teacher preparation with a mandate from those students: “Go teach teachers how to work with kids like us.” She considers that her ultimate mission.
Dr. Anderson was also recruited from East Tennessee University to implement a new NC charter high school. As Head of School, she oversaw the project from equipping the building to hiring and supervising faculty and staff before returning to her first love of teacher preparation. She earned the Wachovia Charter Principal of the Year for her work there. She was also privileged to represent North Carolina as a Fulbright Memorial Fund recipient to travel to Japan as a guest of the Japanese government to become familiar with Japanese education and culture.