B.S. – Auburn University, 1976
M.Ed. – West Georgia College, 1983
Ed.S. – West Georgia College, 1987
Ed.D. – The University of Georgia, 2000


As a public school educator, Dr. Cynthia Anderson has served as a classroom teacher, Instructional Lead Teacher, Principal, Director of Professional Learning, Director of Elementary Curriculum, and Director of Middle Grades Curriculum. At Mercer, she has taught both undergraduate and graduate level courses in Early Childhood and Middle Grades and currently supervises students during Field Experiences. For over 15 years, she served as the Accreditation contact for a school district, which involved working with all schools in the district to achieve and maintain state accreditation and AdvancED (SACS) accreditation. In the past, she has taught undergraduate and graduate classes for Clark-Atlanta University, Clayton State College and University, and the University of Georgia.


Dr. Anderson serves as a facilitator of instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  She routinely teaches courses in the areas of integrated curriculum, instruction, and assessment and classroom management.  Additionally, she serves as a University Supervisor for students completing clinical experiences at all levels.  In the past, Dr. Anderson has also served on dissertation committees for students enrolled in the doctoral program at Mercer University.


Dr. Anderson has supported faculty members in research mainly in the area of STEM.  She partnered with other Mercer faculty in the development for a proposal for a STEM Endorsement.  Dr. Anderson has also helped author grant opportunities that supported STEM development in partner schools in the Griffin-Spalding County School System and in the Dominican Republic.  This work has included curriculum development as well as presentations at state, regional, and international conferences.


Dr. Anderson serves as the liaison between the University and the Griffin-Spalding County Schools as part of the Professional Development Schools (PDS) partnership agreement.  In doing so, she regularly meets with school, district, and university officials to develop, implement, and assess initiatives to foster the growth and development of both P-12 students and university students completing clinical experiences.  Additionally, Dr. Anderson has served as a member of the Dominican Republic partnership team where she has developed, delivered, and assessed curriculum and professional learning for teachers in the public and private school sectors as well as university professors.

For the past six years, Dr. Anderson has also served as a Reviewer for the Middle School Journal, the refereed journal of the Association for Middle Level Educators (AMLE).  In this role, she is responsible for reviewing submitted manuscripts and making recommendations regarding publication.  Dr. Anderson is also a certified Lead Evaluator for accreditation and has led review teams in states including Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky.  Dr. Anderson was inducted into the Teacher Hall of Fame for the Griffin-Spalding County School System.