In his service as dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Temple from 2013 to 2022, Dr. Anderson continued and strengthened the college’s already strong collaboration with the School District of Philadelphia and surrounding districts. Under his leadership, the college appointed new faculty who have contributed to a substantial increase in externally funded research expenditure, rankings, and the college’s expanded research profile. Dr. Anderson has advanced the college’s prominence as a national center of excellence in research and teaching.

Before joining Temple University, Dr. Anderson served as the dean of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education between 2009 and 2013. Prior to taking his first of two deanships before the age of 50, Anderson was an associate professor of higher and postsecondary education at Columbia University’s Teachers College. In 2006, he was granted an extended leave from Teachers College to become the higher education policy officer in educational opportunity and scholarship programs at the Ford Foundation in New York with annual programmatic budget of approximately $20 million.

Dr. Anderson serves on numerous national and regional boards, including the Deans for Impact, A Running Start Philadelphia, and the University of North Carolina (UNC) Educator Quality Dashboard External Advisory Committee (EAC). In 2023, Anderson became of the inaugural board chair Heights, one of the largest non-profit educational organizations in Philadelphia, featuring an endowment of over $30 million and offering both K-12 and college access and workforce development programming in the city with a focus on BIPOC and first-generation students.

Dr. Anderson has a PhD in Sociology.

Research Interests

  • Equity
  • Race
  • Sociology

Courses Taught




HIED 5102

Administration of Higher Education


HIED 5202

The Costs of College


HIED 8101

Advanced Seminar on Higher Education Administration


HIED 8102

Higher Education Economics and Finance


Selected Publications