Faculty Spotlight: Dean Anderson
Published: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 22, 2013 16:09
What do middle school theatre, junior class dean, and mathematics classes all have in common? Dean John Anderson.
Dean Anderson has been a teacher in the mathematics department for twenty-seven years and has taught everything from calculus to Montserrat courses to the first year program. His favorite class is Montserrat as it not only allows him to work on interdisciplinary studies, but it also is a new and unique experience each time.
He said, “I like that I can branch out from math and take advantage of working with new faculty members and learning from their expertise.”
In addition to teaching, Dean Anderson is the class dean for the junior class. As a class dean, he focuses on making sure people stay on track academically by troubleshooting problems with students, as well as ensuring that everyone gets the most out of their educational experience.
Overall, he wants “everyone to stay happy, healthy and productive as students and young adults.
For Dean Anderson, the best thing about teaching at the College of the Holy Cross is the student body.
He says, “The students are very good and extremely hardworking. They are interested in getting the most out of their classes and that is evident in the classroom.”
Also, Professor Anderson appreciates the class sizes, because small classes allow for a more personal student-teacher relationship and a more comfortable teaching environment. This type of setting allows him to be himself with his students, an aspect he truly cherishes.
Aside from his expertise in teaching and advising, Professor Anderson was once involved in theatre. During middle school, he participated in many productions such as The Night Before Christmas, where he played Scrooge, and The Merchant of Venice, where he played Shylock.
He says, “I was really into acting, a fact that most people are surprised about. Though I am usually pretty reserved and shy, sometimes I think a little bit of that theatrical behavior comes out of me in classroom.”
Whether or not that is true can only be determined in person, so keep an eye out for him around campus or in class and make sure to say hello.