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Amena Anderson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Practice, WVU Advance

Dr. Anderson is a seasoned educational leader with extensive experience in both public and private higher education and state-level educational programming. She has taught and developed curriculum for courses in the First Year College Experience, Communication, Professional and Cross-Cultural Studies. She has taught graduate courses in Leadership and Organizations and Diversity in Higher Education. Recently, she developed a professional development course for faculty interested in serving as social justice allies within their academic departments and across the institution. Her research interests center on the development and effectiveness of academic change agents for social-justice. Dr. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Fairmont State University, a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Studies and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from West Virginia University. Her dissertation research explored Men Faculty Engagement in Gender Equity Work in STEM via the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) ADVANCE initiative. She continues to work closely with WVUADVANCE to support the professional success of historically marginalized faculty through programming and research. Outside of the academy, Dr. Anderson stays engaged in the community as chair of the Social Action Committee for the Greater Morgantown Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. And, in her spare time, she loves reading, traveling, and spending time with family.