Sarah Tanner-Anderson and Elwood
Sarah Tanner-Anderson and Elwood

Please join us on April 24, 2018 from 8:15 - 8:45a.m. for the Opening Keynote Address during the Spring Symposium for Research and Creative Inquiry. The Opening Keynote Address will be held in the Greenwood Library Atrium.

This year's Opening Keynote Address will be given by Dr. Larissa Smith Fergeson, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Longwood University, and a Longwood Alumna, Dr. Sarah Tanner-Anderson, who is currently an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Longwood University. 

Twice alumna Dr. Sarah Tanner-Anderson obtained her Bachelor of Arts (’02) in English and her Master of Arts (’07) in English, Education, and Writing from Longwood University.  After Longwood, Dr. Tanner-Anderson went on to obtain her Doctor of Education from The George Washington University (’14) in Educational Administration and Policy Studies, where she explored barriers, struggles, and triumphs of female educational leaders. She attributes her love of learning and research to the foundations she built while at Longwood: first, in writing undergraduate literary analysis and criticism essays, which led to conducting an action research study for her master’s thesis, that then ultimately sparked an interest in pursuing doctoral study and scholarly research.

Scholarship and service go hand-in hand; as such, Dr. Tanner-Anderson is a member of many local, state, and national professional organizations, has presented at numerous conferences and conducted instructional workshops centered around literacy, leadership, and engagement, and currently serves as Higher Education Representative for Women Education Leaders of Virginia (WELV) and Region 8 Representative for Learning Forward Virginia. Dr. Tanner-Anderson has a wide range of experience in K-12 education, including teacher, coach, club sponsor, department chair, grade-level chair, assistant principal, and principal. This fall, she joined the Longwood faculty as Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for Educational Leadership and is currently redeveloping the educational leadership master’s program. 

Dr. Tanner-Anderson resides in her hometown of Amelia, Virginia, with her husband, Peyton Anderson (‘03), whom she met at Spring Weekend in 2002.  After sixteen years, these college sweethearts remain testaments to lasting, Lancer love.  They have one son, William, who is a Longwood Legacy, although at 4, he may not know it yet.  Dr. Tanner-Anderson enjoys spending time with family, canoeing, running, and reading.  

Please come hear Dr. Tanner-Anderson talk about her interesting career path and exciting life experiences, and about how participating in research while she was an undergraduate and graduate student at Longwood made a pivotal difference in her career.