Welcome, friend!

Melissa S. Anderson

Ten things about me at present:

  • I’m easily amused.
  • I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where I still live with my beloved man and dog.
  • I love ink-and-watercolor art.
  • Poems delight me.
  • I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was 7, but I knew I wanted to be an artist when I was 5.
  • Yes, it’s true — I have been a folk dance leader.
  • A lovely lake on a beautiful day is deeply soul-satisfying.
  • I am an artist, a poet, a mystic and a dancer.
  • Fruit is for summer;  chocolate takes care of the rest of the year.
  • Clear. Calm. Light. I say yes to these.

Here’s the academic part:

Prof Notes: Wry Observations on Academic Life is based on Melissa S. Anderson’s experiences as professor of higher education, associate dean of the Graduate School, director of graduate studies, and longtime coordinator of the graduate program in higher education at the University of Minnesota.

Most of Professor Anderson’s research is in the areas of research integrity, scientific misconduct, the responsible conduct of research, international research collaborations and graduate education. In 2020, she was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for her work in these areas.

She served five years as co-chair of the World Conference on Research Integrity and chaired the AAAS Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility during its recent development of the AAAS Statement on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility.

She was on the drafting teams for the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity which is used worldwide as the foundation for codes of research integrity, the Montréal Statement on Research Integrity in Cross-Boundary Research Collaborations, the Code of Ethics of the American Educational Research Association, and the Ethical Principles of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

She has been a member of numerous editorial boards as well as advisory boards for major surveys related to research integrity. Professor Anderson has advised to completion 66 doctoral students and 48 masters students. Early in her career, she taught in the mathematics department at St. Olaf College.