School of Humanities & Behavioral Science

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Our classrooms have cultivated Fulbright scholars, film writers and directors, nationally known journalists, and international missionaries. But the learning at Anderson University consists of more than just classroom lectures. Our students publish a yearly creative writing magazine, provide manpower for the university’s video production company, participate in Model UN, obtain internships in national and state government, and spend semesters abroad honing their skills in a foreign language.

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Discover who you’re meant to be.

At Anderson University, you won’t just study and work among your fellow students. You’ll walk the halls with writers, historians, religious scholars, counselors, artists, public relations experts, linguists, social workers, and governmental policy authorities, just to name a few. You’ll find yourself immersed in rich, hands-on learning both on and off campus, alongside professors who bring years of first-hand experience with them into the classroom, who are still practicing their craft, and who are eager to build up the next generation.

Before you know it, you’ll be an expert, too.

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Dr. David Baird

Chair, Department of Communication & Design Arts; Professor of Communication

Dr. David Baird

David Baird, professor of communication, is the academic advisor for journalism students as well as faculty advisor for the student newspaper, the Andersonian. Special interests include political communication and media history, and one of the highlights of his professional career was interviewing Pem Farnsworth, who was working in the lab alongside husband Philo Farnsworth when he invented electronic television in 1927. Baird was associate producer for the Department’s A Ripple of Hope documentary, and his articles have appeared in Columbia Journalism ReviewQuillAmerican Journalism, and other publications.

Baird joined the Department of Communication Arts in 1990.

Contact Dr. Baird:
dabaird@anderson.edu

Professor of Communication
B.A., Anderson University
M.A., Wheaton College Graduate School
Ph.D., Purdue University

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Inge Baird

Assistant Professor of Spanish; Assistant Professor of German

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Inge Baird

Inge grew up in Brazil, South America, speaking Portuguese at school and German at home. At age 20 she began her college studies in the United States, graduating from Anderson University in 1985 with majors in Spanish and German. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Spanish from Ball State University. She has taught German and Spanish at Anderson for more than 25 years. Inge is married to David Baird, who teaches in the Department of Communication Arts at AU, and the couple has two adult children. In her free time, Inge enjoys walking, gardening, cooking, traveling and serving in a ministry to migrant children.

Professor Baird has served at Anderson University since 1987.

Contact Professor Baird:
irbaird@anderson.edu
(765) 641-4415

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Assistant Professor of German
B.A., Anderson University
M.A., Ball State University
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Dr. Janell Blunt

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Dr. Janell Blunt

Having always had a passion for learning and teaching, Dr. Blunt’s area of expertise is student learning and memory. Her research focuses on answering questions such as: How do students learn? What study strategies promote lasting, meaningful learning? How can evidence-based strategies, like retrieval practice, be incorporated into classroom activities? Dr. Blunt received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Purdue University.

Dr. Blunt’s research has received funding from the National Science Foundation. Her work is published in several top academic journals including Science and has appeared in the New York Times.

Using her research to inform her teaching, Dr. Blunt’s goal is to engage and challenge her students. She enjoys introducing topics with interesting stories and providing evidence with tangible demonstrations and mini-experiments done in the classroom.  Dr. Blunt is particularly passionate about teaching Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, and Memory. Dr. Blunt is especially interested in helping students apply psychological principles to everyday life, from understanding the pull of advertisements and wise decision making to creating robust interpersonal relationships.

Dr. Blunt is married to Dr. Andrew Pannabecker. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, mountain biking and spending sunny afternoons in her hammock.  Dr. Blunt is an active member of Trinity church in Indianapolis.

jrblunt@anderson.edu
Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.A. in Psychology, Purdue University
M.S., Ph.D in Cognitive Psychology, Purdue University

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Dr. Scott Borders

Chair, Department of English; Professor of English

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Dr. Scott Borders

Dr. Scott Borders is chair of the English department and its senior member, having joined the faculty in 1985. With a BA in English from Anderson, he attended Purdue University for both his master’s and doctoral degrees. His doctoral dissertation was on family structures in the fiction of nineteenth-century writer Thomas Hardy.

With primary training in British literature of the past two centuries, Dr. Borders teaches a variety of literature courses in the major, including Introduction to Literature, The British Novel, and surveys of eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century British literature. Additionally, he teaches special topics courses in the fiction of Thomas Hardy as well as contemporary Southern American literature, along with a course in professional writing and editing.

In addition to chairing the department, Dr. Borders has served on many university committees, most recently on the Academic Policies and Faculty Affairs committees. For 25 years he was advisor to the department’s national honor society, Sigma Tau Delta.

Active in professional organizations, Dr. Borders has longstanding memberships in the Indiana College English Association (ICEA) as well as its national counterpart, the College English Association (CEA). Within that organization he has filled many leadership roles, including  a term as president; he currently serves as treasurer. He has been recognized with CEA’s Life Membership award and as ICEA’s Scholar/Teacher of the Year.

A native of Alabama, Borders resides in Anderson. He enjoys maintaining a 90 year old home and yard on Anderson’s northwest side, reading (especially fiction), and caring for two lively corgi dogs. He has one son, also a graduate of Anderson University.

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Carrie Clay

Assistant Professor of Spanish

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Carrie Clay

Professor Carrie Y. Clay earned her B.A. in Spanish Teaching from Anderson University in 1999 and her M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College in 2005. She has traveled and studied in El Salvador, Mexico and Spain.

Professor Clay began her teaching career at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis. A few years later she returned to her alma mater, AU, where she now teaches Elementary/Intermediate Spanish, Spanish Phonetics, Methods in Teaching Foreign Languages, Strategies for Advanced Spanish Proficiency and First-Year Seminar.

In 2012 Professor Clay was awarded the Collegiate Teacher of the Year award by the Indiana chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (IAATSP). In 2019, she was honored to receive a Site Manager of the Year award from College Mentors for Kids.

Professor Clay is married and has two children. She enjoys books, travel and music. She and her family attend Daleville United Methodist Church.

Contact Prof. Clay:
cyclay@anderson.edu
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Director, Critical Thinking Seminar
B.A., Anderson University
M.A., Middlebury College

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