Dean Danny J. Anderson began leading the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas on July 1, 2010. Anderson is a longtime Jayhawk faculty member and administrator (serving since 1988 in successively responsible roles). He also is a KU alumnus who earned his doctorate in Spanish in 1985.
Anderson, whose previous position was interim provost, was chosen after a national search to succeed Joseph Steinmetz.
As interim provost and executive vice chancellor, Anderson led during a time of change. He collaborated with former Chancellor Robert Hemenway, Interim Chancellor Barbara Atkinson and Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little to ensure continuity. He has also provided leadership during a challenging fiscal environment through strategic oversight for the Lawrence campus budgetary decisions.
Before his interim appointment, Anderson was vice provost for academic affairs. During that time, he was instrumental in development of the Jayhawk Generations Scholarship. He also played a key role in establishing the Latino Vision Council, which has led to initiatives including the first Hispanic chapter of the KU Alumni Association and KU's Spanish-language Web site, ku.edu/espanol.
Anderson is a prize-winning teacher whose integration of service learning into the classroom frequently serves as a model for KU's Center for Teaching Excellence. He has received a number of awards and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers in 1995; a W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 2004; and the ING Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008. He is the editor of two books and has published more than 20 articles, essays and chapters in books. He is a specialist in Latin American literary and cultural studies; his research examines the history of literary publishing houses and the social history of literary reading in Mexico.
Anderson began his academic career in 1985 at the University of Texas-Austin, after earning his doctorate in Spanish from KU. He joined KU in 1988 as an assistant professor in Spanish and was named a full professor in 2003. He served as chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, associate dean in the College for interdisciplinary programs and area studies centers and vice provost for academic affairs.