Dr Sarah Anderson
- Senior Lecturer in Education (Professional Learning & Leadership)
Sarah has a PhD in Teacher Education with a cognate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Dakota, USA in addition to a master’s degree in special education and an undergraduate degree in teaching secondary level social sciences. Sarah is a Fulbright Scholar to Norway (2011-2012) whose project regarding American Studies provided teachers with professional development as well as opportunities for pupils to learn about the US while practicing English language skills. Her concurrent research involved appraising the effectiveness of Norwegian teachers using established evaluation frameworks. She continues to work with the Fulbright Commission serving on the national committee for English Language Teaching Assistantships for Western Europe. From 2012-2020 Sarah worked at Mayville State University in the role of associate professor and accreditation coordinator. As a teacher educator, she has instructed graduate and undergraduate pedagogical courses at the secondary level, taught courses in special education, advised capstone portfolios, and supervised clinical experiences. Her research interests include teacher appraisal for continual improvement, progress monitoring for response to intervention, high-impact practices, and effective instructional strategies. Her current research projects include case studies appraising teacher impact on P-12 student learning and exploring predictive validity of selectivity factors in teacher training. Sarah is active in her state working to influence legislation and administrative rules regarding teacher licensing. Before accepting a full-time position in higher education, Sarah was a high school special education teacher who worked with students with emotional disorders, learning disabilities and other health impairments and taught English.