November 11, 2011

Oxford names associate dean for academic affairs

Oxford College announced that Kenneth L. Anderson '89C-'91PhD, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of philosophy, has been named dean for academic affairs and chief academic officer, effective May 2012.  Anderson will assume the role currently held by Dean Kent Linville, who has announced his retirement at the end of the 2011-12 academic year.  

“Ken Anderson is a disciplined, principled, and resourceful problem solver who is also sensitive to the concerns and needs of individuals,” says Stephen H. Bowen, dean of Oxford College.  “He has been an effective administrator on the Oxford campus while also helping us to develop good working relationships with the Atlanta campus.   

“He has contributed to Emory's success and continued improvement through his participation in such endeavors as the Excellence through Leadership program, the Undergraduate Admissions Taskforce, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' Learning Outcomes Assessment project.  We look forward to his being at the helm of our academic program.”  

Anderson is a graduate of Bucknell University, where he received a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English. He earned master's and doctoral degrees in philosophy from Emory University.  His research interests include the ethical theory of Jean-Paul Sartre, conceptions of childhood and the teaching of ethics. His recent research has focused on ethical issues involving the perception of and engagement with persons with disabilities.   

Anderson joined Oxford College as an instructor in philosophy in 1991, achieving a rank of full professor in 2009.  He has served as associate dean for academic affairs since 2006. His awards include the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, the Phi Theta Kappa Teaching Award, the Fleming Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service and the Rackley-Gregory Faculty Career Development Grant, with which he did research in Turkey in 2003. He is a member of the American Philosophical Association and the North American Sartre Society, which he served from 2002-03 as president.

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