2009 Michael J. Mungo
Distinguished Professor of the Year Award Video
Professor of Dance
In this video production, Professor Susan Anderson shares instructional strategies found successful in teaching dance. Professor Anderson is noted among her students and colleagues as one of the very few individuals on campus who not only knows all of her own students but also the names and faces of every student in her department, students she considers to all be part of her extended family. Her teaching is recognized by both its breadth and variety of approaches, and her ability to teach both in groups and individually in the same class, thus insuring that each and every student gets the attention they need to succeed. A demanding but caring instructor, she is the epitome of the best that the University has to offer its students.
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About the Presenter
Considered the highest honor for teaching at USC - Columbia, the Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year Award is given annually to a truly exceptional educator. The 2009 awardee is Professor Susan Anderson from the Department of Theater and Dance. Professor Anderson has been a member of the Columbia Dance scene for over thirty years. She received her MFA from the University of California Irvine under the legendary choreographer Eugene Loring. Her professional dance career was with Ballet Celeste of San Francisco, Los Angeles Dance Theatre, and Moving South.
She has been instrumental in building the dance program at USC. She was the Founding Director of the USC Dance Company, the USC Dance Conservatory, and the South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory which hosts international students and world renowned faculty and choreographers.
In addition, Professor Anderson was instrumental in implementing the BA major in Dance, the BA degree track in Performance/Choreography, and the BA degree in Dance Education, a K-12 Teacher Certification Program.