Linda A SandersDepartment of Teacher Education
CAMPUS BOX 021
Personal Biography Statement
Since the 2003 Spring Semester, Linda Sanders has immensely enjoyed teaching diverse, talented students at MSU Denver. It has been Dr. Sanders' privilege to provide instruction for a variety of courses offered by the Department of Theatre including: Introduction to Theatre, Performance of Literature I: Solo, and Creative Dramatics for the Classroom Teacher. Also, Linda has been honored to teach for the Department of Teacher Education, where she has taught Human Diversity: Applications to Multicultural Education and most recently, Acting Like a Teacher. Since the formation of presence in teaching transcends disciplinary boundaries, the Acting Like a Teacher course is cross-listed in the Departments of Communication Arts and Sciences, Teacher Education, and Theatre.
In March 2011, Sanders received a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in Curriculum and Pedagogy in Higher Education, from the University of Denver. Sanders' dissertation entitled, CONTEMPLATIVE EDUCATION CENTERSTAGE: TRAINING THE MINDFUL PERFORMER, investigated the impact of contemplative education on the faculty, students, and curriculum of a graduate, interdisciplinary conservatory level performing arts program. Dr. Sanders also holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts, from Brandeis University, and M.Ed. in English, with an emphasis in Speech Communication, from Boston University.
In 2011, Dr. Sanders presented her key dissertation findings in a paper presentation entitled, "Training the Mindful Performing Artist," at the annual meeting of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education in Amherst, Massachusetts; and intended and operational curriculum from her Acting Like a Teacher classes in a paper presentation entitled, "Acting Like a Teacher," at the annual meeting of the Association for Teaching & Curriculum in Denver, Colorado.
Sanders' current areas of research and teaching interest include: interdisciplinary curriculum development in higher education; mindful leadership scholarship and practice; co-curricular experiential and service learning in postsecondary education; creativity studies; applied improvisation and storytelling for enhancement of professional performance; contemplative education; and acting and multiple intelligences approaches to teacher training.
Dr. Sanders is a member of the following organizations: American Association for Teaching & Curriculum; Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education; and Association for Interdisciplinary Studies.
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