John Anderson
John Anderson
Director of the Ryan Family Navigators Program
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Dr. John Anderson is an educator, mentor, and thought-leader with over 30 years of experience and impact, working with people from all walks of life. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Anderson has taught in higher education for the last 14 years. His own educational path in higher education has meant that he has studied at every level and has completed 7 programs of study. He holds an earned Ed.D in Adult, Higher, and Community Education from Ball State University.

As a trained sociologist, Dr. Anderson consults with organizations, government officials, and individuals on matters of culture and social strategy. As a faculty member in the department of sociology, he has been the recipient of several teaching, mentoring, and leadership awards. His most recent work as the inaugural director for the Michelle and Jim Ryan Family Scholars and Navigators program in Ball State University’s Teachers College earned him the Dean’s Citation Award for “Outstanding Leadership”. As a mentor to undergraduate sociology students, he’s had the opportunity to train them in advanced social research methods and travel with them to present their research at the National Council for Black Studies. Dr. Anderson’s recent mentoring work in Muncie has also extended to work with Muncie Community Schools, as the Northside Middle School basketball coach for the last two seasons. He also serves on the board of directors for three different community organizations in Muncie/Delaware County.

Prior to his career in higher education, Dr. Anderson served as a director at the Western Addition Beacon Center in San Francisco’s historic African American Fillmore neighborhood. As director, he coordinated, supervised staff and programming that was part of a multi-agency partnership to deliver services to youth and families in the Western Addition. He has also worked with youth and families in a variety of other settings including schools, family court, juvenile detention, the YMCA, Daly City and San Francisco, California parks and recreation departments respectively, and AAU club basketball.


Ed.D. - Adult, Higher, and Community Education
Ball State University, 2021

M.A. - Sociology
Ball State University, 2016

B.S. - General Studies
Indiana Wesleyan University, 2009

A.A. - Psychology
Skyline College, 2006