Ross Anderson, Ph.D.

Education & Training

Ph.D., 2019
University of Oregon
Quantitative Research Methods

B.A. , 2004
Yale University

I work in education research with a focus on enhancing educators’ beliefs and practices about the creative development of adolescents in school. The driving motive in my work is to create greater equity in access and opportunities for students marginalized due to their identities related to race, ethnicity, language, sexuality, ability, and family socioeconomic privilege. During the past five years I have partnered with teaching artists to design intensive professional development and coaching to more than 120 K-12 educators. The theoretical foundation to that work integrates educational psychology, creativity theory, and the role of embodied cognition to the meaning-making process. I study creative development in teaching and learning at three interdependent levels: the school as a learning organization, educators in that ecosystem with unique beliefs, motivations, and growth potential, and individual students as diverse learners developing within the sociocultural context of school.

Current Projects



2014–present Principal Researcher; Planning, Research, & Evaluation, Inflexion, Eugene, OR

2018–present Co-Founder, Creative Engagement Lab, LLC, Eugene, OR

2019–present Courtesy Research Assistant Professor, University of Oregon, College of Education, Eugene, OR

2014, 2018–19 Graduate Research Fellow, University of Oregon, College of Education, Eugene, OR

2013–14, Graduate Research Fellow, Grant Writing and Outreach, University of Oregon, Northwest Indian Language Institute, Eugene, OR

2013–14 Grant Writer and Evaluation Specialist, Lane Education Service District, Eugene, OR

2007–13 Director of Strategic Initiatives, Norwich Public Schools, Norwich, CT

2004–07 Builder and designer, Independent, Brooklyn and Tivoli, NY