Dr. Marcia A. Anderson is a professor emerita at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (SIUC). She has taught undergraduate and graduate professional teacher education and business education classes since joining the SIUC faculty in 1975.
Marcia A. Anderson, Ph. D., a native of Nebraska, is currently professor emerita, Workforce Education and Development, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She received her undergraduate degree in secondary education at Midland Luthern College, Fremont, Nebraska. She continued her education at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, where she received a master’s degree in secondary education. Her doctorate in occupational education was received from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Her teaching experience began at the secondary level as an instructor at Stromsburg Senior High School, Stromsburg, Nebraska, and then at Millard Lefler Junior High School and East High School, Lincoln, Nebraska, and Lincoln School of Commerce, Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr. Anderson entered the doctoral program at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in the early 70s, where she first served as an instructor in the Department of Business Education. She received her doctorate in occupational education at Southern Illinois University. She continued her professional career there, moving to professor and coordinator/director of business education and graduate programs in workforce education and development.
Dr. Anderson has chaired 66 doctoral committees and 160 master’s committees. Under her direction, five dissertations/theses have received awards: three Delta Pi Epsilon doctoral research awards, one Delta Pi Epsilon Master’s Research Award, and one Illinois Business Education Association dissertation award. In addition, Dr. Anderson herself has received four research paper awards from Delta Pi Epsilon. During her career, she has made over 25 presentations at Delta Pi Epsilon conferences.
In 2004 Dr. Anderson received the John Robert Gregg Award, the highest recognition in business education. Over the years she has received numerous other awards and recognition such as the Distinguished Service Award from the North-Central Business Education Association, the Outstanding Service Award from the National Association of Teacher Educators for Business Education, the Award of Merit from the Business Education Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education, and the National Leadership Award from Delta Pi Epsilon.
Dr. Anderson’s professional service in Delta Pi Epsilon spans all facets of the Society. She organized and served as an advisor for Beta Omicron Chapter of Delta Pi Epsilon, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She has served on numerous DPE national committees, such as the National Membership Committee and the National Strategic Planning Task Force. She directed the 1994 DPE National Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has served as secretary, treasurer, and president of the Delta Pi Epsilon Research Foundation, Inc. She represented Delta Pi Epsilon on the Policies Commission for Business and Economic Education, which she chaired in 2004. She has served as an editorial board member of The Delta Pi Epsilon Journal and as a reviewer for Delta Pi Epsilon awards and research programs. Dr. Anderson served as the national president of Delta Pi Epsilon in 2000-2001. Her continued commitment to the Society is reflected in her contributions, which were instrumental in the affiliation of Delta Pi Epsilon with the National Business Education Association.