Matthew Anderson

School of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Matthew J. Anderson is Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. In his role as Dean he provides leadership to the School of Arts and Sciences and its programs, faculty and students. The School of Arts and Sciences offers three associate degrees, four bachelor’s degrees, and a number of different degree tracks that allow students to further specialize based upon their interests and goals. Dr. Anderson strives to foster student engagement and faculty mentored research/scholarship within and across all of the School's programs, and is eager to build and strengthen connections between the School and its alumni, as well as with local industry and community leaders.

In addition to its wide variety of strong academic programs, the School of Arts and Sciences also houses the Core Curriculum that serves all ABAC students, helping to develop their critical thinking, writing, and research skills. Dr. Anderson takes the responsibility to serve all ABAC students very seriously, as he believes the broad general education provided by the Core optimally positions students for success in a diverse and rapidly changing world.

Dr. Anderson holds a B.A. in Psychology from Susquehanna University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Kent State University. Prior to coming to ABAC in July, 2019, he had held faculty positions at Saint Joseph's College of Maine (2004-2006) and Saint Joseph's University (2006-2019). At Saint Joseph's University he had served as founder/director of the interdisciplinary Animal Studies minor, program director for the Professional and Liberal Studies Psychological Studies major, and Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, along with other various administrative and leadership duties.
Dr. Anderson is an experimental psychologist specializing in animal behavior/biological psychology. His scholarly interests focus on the behavior of avian species, with a particular interest in highly social birds (e.g., flamingos, budgerigars, etc.), and on human-animal relations.

He has authored numerous scholarly articles, has edited several scholarly volumes/books, and has written/illustrated a children's picture book.

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