An expert in communication sciences and disorders and a leader in inclusive education and cultural and linguistic diversity, Dr. Anderson joins the University of Vermont from University of Tennessee Health Center, where she served as dean prior to her appointment as special advisor to the president on diversity and inclusion. Under her leadership the college expanded its student body, developed a more student-centric culture, updated its curriculum and programs, significantly increased its external funding, and extended its community outreach. Dr. Anderson is a past professor and chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Florida International University, where she also served as dean in the School of Health Sciences. Prior to that, Anderson was a chair for ten years and on the faculty for 16 years in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She authored a seminal book in her profession, “Introduction to Human Communication Disorders,” now in its eighth edition.
Dr. Anderson is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and received the ASHA Honors of the Association Award, the highest award given by ASHA, in recognition of distinguished and exceptional contributions to the field of speech, language, and hearing. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.S. from Emerson College in Boston, and a bachelor’s degree from Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia.