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Michael J. Mungo 2009 Distinguished Professor Of The Year - Susan Anderson


In this video, Professor Susan Anderson shares instructional strategies found successful in teaching dance. Professor Anderson's 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.

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.