Keith Anderson, Ph.D.

Full Time Faculty - Composition, Humanities, Creative Writing, Game Studies, Storytelling, and Literature

Education Studies

English

Office: RDM-S Saguaro - Room: 265

480-654-7300

480-529-8505 (mobile)

Office Hours

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1:00 PM - 5:00 PM1:00 PM - 5:00 PM1:00 PM - 5:00 PM1:00 PM - 5:00 PM1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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My Office Hours by Appointment only are from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Appointments should be requested and confirmed at least 48 hours in advance.

Profile

Written Works Completed and in Progress

  • When the Rent Comes Due, novella, unpublished manuscript, M.F.A. thesis, 1989
  • Nomadic and State Ideologies: Oppositional Discourses in the Construction of Identity, UMI, Proquest Information and Learning, Ann Arbor, unpublished manuscript, Dissertation, 2002
  • The Year of Smoke and Magic, unpublished novel, work in progress, September 2012 to present
  • Cold Case: The Don Bolles Assassination, 1976, a place-based game based on actual people and events, work in progress, September 2019 to present
  • Una Vida Ejemplar / An Exemplary Life. Dr. Felix Ulloa, hijo, Vice Presidente of El Salvador. Translation. 2021.

Courses Taught

  • Mesa Community College: EDU/GST245: Games for Teaching and Learning. ENG101: First-Year Composition I; ENG102: First-Year Composition II; ENG210: Creative Writing; ENH251: Mythology. ENH254: World Literature and Film. ENH255: U.S. Literature and Film. ENH275: Modern Fiction. ENH277AE: Tour of Duty: War Narrative. GST202: Games, Culture and Aesthetics. HUM107: Humanities through the Arts. HUM201: Humanities: Universal Themes. HUM205: Introduction to Cinema. HUM210: Contemporary Cinema. HUM211: Classics: Foreign Film. HUM225: Introduction to Popular Culture. HUM245: Disability Studies. HUM251: Ideas and Values in the Humanities. HUM255: The Art of Translation. EDU/HUM/STO292: The Art of Storytelling.  June 2005 to Present.
  • Rio Salado College: ENG101: Freshman Composition I; ENG102: Freshman Composition II; ENG210: Creative Writing; ENH259: American Indian Literature; ENH275: Modern Fiction.  August 2000 to May 2005.
  • Dine College (formerly known as Navajo Community College), a tribally owned and affiliated college: ENG 100A: Communications Workshop I; ENG 100B: Communications Workshop II; ENG 101: Freshman English I; ENG 102: Freshman English II; ENG 213: Creative Writing: Short Fiction; ENG 231: Introduction to Fiction; ENG 233: Introduction to Native American Literature; ENG 234: Literature of the Southwest; FST 129: Foundations of Reading I; FST 130: Foundations of Reading II; FST 131: Advanced Reading; FST 133: Applied Communications I; HUM 151: Perspectives on the Southwest; HUM 152: Film Appreciation. August 1992 to May 1999.
  • University of Arizona: ENG 101: Freshman Composition; ENG102: Introduction to Literature; CPLT 200: The Problem of Evil; CPLT 200: War; SPAN 101: Introduction to Spanish.  August 1989 to August 1992 and August 1999 to May 2000.
  • University of Alabama: EH 101: Freshman Composition; EH 102: Introduction to Literature; EH 250: Survey of American Literature.  August 1985 to May 1989.
  • Curriculum Development: GST201: Game Studies; GST202: Games, Culture, and Aesthetics; EDU/GST245: Games for Teaching and Learning; HUM235: Disability Studies; HUM255: The Art of Translation.

Graduate Coursework Related to MCCCD Courses

  • University of Arizona: ENGL517A, ENGL517B: Topics in Teaching English; ENGL577A: Introduction to North American Indian Literature; SPAN 543: Survey of Mexican-American Narrative; SPAN 544: Mexican-American Narrative; SPAN 599: Independent Study in Mexican Literature; SPAN 575C: Spanish-American Novel: 1945 to Present; SPAN 696C: Spanish American Novel: Women Novelists of Latin America; ENGL 599: Independent Study in Native American Literature; CPLT 920: Dissertation chapter on Faulkner; LRC 535: Teaching Literature in a Multicultural Classroom; LRC 524: Methods and Materials in Bilingual Education; EDUC 502: Variations in Learning Methods.
  • University of Alabama: EN 633: Teaching College English: Issues and Methods; EN 634: Teaching College English: Writing about Literature; EH 601, 602: Fiction Workshops (four semesters); EH 610: Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language; EH 630: Directed Studies: Early American Literature; EH 506: Forms of Poetry: Afro-American Literature; EH 64; EH 500: Special Topics: Asian American Literature; EH 643: Seminar in Twentieth-Century American Literature: The Sixties; EH 642: Seminar in American Literature, 1850-1900: Mark Twain; EH 544: The American Novel since 1945; and EH 504: Advanced Poetry Writing.
  • The University of New Mexico: CIMTE 593: Multicultural Curriculum Planning and Development.
  • Arizona State University: DCI691: (Development of Curriculum and Instruction) Language, Learning, and Literacy: Situated and Sociocultural Approaches; and EDT790 (Educational Technology): Reading and Individualized Conference.

 

Classes Taught

Fall 2021

EDU292 The Art of Storytelling 3 Credits
Explore the art and origin of storytelling. Provide a variety of storytelling techniques, styles and exercises to enhance the delivery of telling stories. Assist in the integration and application of storytelling to the learning environment in the classroom. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
22129
Live Online
Live Online
Lecture
08/24/2021 - 12/17/2021
TuTh
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Closed

No Seats Available

Notes: Live Online classes have sessions that meet online on specific days and times. Attendance in these sessions will be at the discretion of the instructor, and additional work will be required on the student’s own time. Access to a computer or mobile device with Internet connection is required. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 22129 Students may contact instructor at: keith.anderson@mesacc.edu

ENG102 First-Year Composition 3 Credits
Emphasis on rhetoric and composition with a focus on persuasive, research-based writing and understanding writing as a process. Developing advanced college-level writing strategies through three or more writing projects comprising at least 4,000 words in total.
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101.
Due to the possibility of last-minute schedule changes, students are encouraged to attend the first class meeting before purchasing the textbook.
General Education Designations: First-Year Composition [FYC] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
22221
Dobson Campus
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/23/2021 - 12/17/2021

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Students may contact instructor at keith.anderson@mesacc.edu

22256
Dobson Campus
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/23/2021 - 12/17/2021

Closed

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 22256 Students may contact instructor at: keith.anderson@mesacc.edu

GST202 Games, Culture and Aesthetics 3 Credits
Considers games as artifacts and expressions of our basic consciousness, humanity, and potential. Explores through the lens of world cultures such concepts as values, power relations, gender roles, arts, aesthetics, and desire. Compares games across cultural, temporal, geographic, and linguistic divides, for the purpose of examining and appreciating the experiences, contributions, and values of diverse populations, as conveyed through the global phenomenon of games.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in RDG100, or RDG100LL, or (RDG100AA and RDG100AB and RDG100AC), or RDG111, or RDG112, or RDG113, or eligibility for ENG101 as indicated by appropriate writing assessment test score.
General Education Designations: Global Awareness [G], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
24536
Dobson Campus
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/23/2021 - 12/17/2021

Closed

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 24536 Students may contact instructor at: keith.anderson@mesacc.edu

HUM205 Introduction to Cinema 3 Credits
Survey of the history and development of the art of motion pictures, including criticism of aesthetic and technical elements. Prerequisites: None.
Due to COVID related campus lab closures, students will be provided an Adobe Creative Cloud account tied to their MEID username, for home use on PC or Mac computers (smartphone or tablet mobile devices are not supported) during the duration of this course. Students should review the minimum configuration requirements to run Adobe CC on their personal device at: https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/system-requirements.html. Your instructor will provide login directions on the first day of class.
General Education Designations: Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
22269
Dobson Campus
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/23/2021 - 10/15/2021

Class Ended

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 22269 Students may contact instructor at: keith.anderson@mesacc.edu

HUM211AA Foreign Films: Classics 3 Credits
Analysis of contributions of foreign directors to the art and history of motion pictures through a study of selected films. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Global Awareness [G], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
22271
Dobson Campus
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/23/2021 - 12/17/2021

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 22271 Students may contact instructor at: keith.anderson@mesacc.edu

HUM292 The Art of Storytelling 3 Credits
Explore the art and origin of storytelling. Provide a variety of storytelling techniques, styles and exercises to enhance the delivery of telling stories. Assist in the integration and application of storytelling to the learning environment in the classroom. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
22274
Live Online
Live Online
Lecture
08/24/2021 - 12/17/2021
TuTh
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Closed

No Seats Available

Notes: Live Online classes have sessions that meet online on specific days and times. Attendance in these sessions will be at the discretion of the instructor, and additional work will be required on the student’s own time. Access to a computer or mobile device with Internet connection is required. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 22274 Students may contact instructor at: keith.anderson@mesacc.edu

Spring 2022

EDU292 The Art of Storytelling 3 Credits
Explore the art and origin of storytelling. Provide a variety of storytelling techniques, styles and exercises to enhance the delivery of telling stories. Assist in the integration and application of storytelling to the learning environment in the classroom. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
27968
Red Mountain Campus
In Person
Lecture
01/18/2022 - 05/13/2022
TuTh
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Open

12 of 14
Seats Available

ENG102 First-Year Composition 3 Credits
Emphasis on rhetoric and composition with a focus on persuasive, research-based writing and understanding writing as a process. Developing advanced college-level writing strategies through three or more writing projects comprising at least 4,000 words in total.
Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101.
Due to the possibility of last-minute schedule changes, students are encouraged to attend the first class meeting before purchasing the textbook.
General Education Designations: First-Year Composition [FYC] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
28057
Red Mountain Campus
Hybrid
Lecture
01/18/2022 - 05/13/2022
Tu
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Open

9 of 14
Seats Available

Notes: Hybrid classes include face-to-face format on campus at the time listed in the class schedule. The other part will be held online either without a set time to attend or a Live Online session. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 28057 Students may contact instructor at: keith.anderson@mesacc.edu

28066
Red Mountain Campus
Hybrid
Lecture
01/20/2022 - 05/13/2022
Th
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Open

13 of 14
Seats Available

Notes: Hybrid classes include face-to-face format on campus at the time listed in the class schedule. The other part will be held online either without a set time to attend or a Live Online session. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 28066 Students may contact instructor at: keith.anderson@mesacc.edu

All textbook and course materials available at no or low cost (<$40) - may include OER (Open Educational Resources).

GST202 Games, Culture and Aesthetics 3 Credits
Considers games as artifacts and expressions of our basic consciousness, humanity, and potential. Explores through the lens of world cultures such concepts as values, power relations, gender roles, arts, aesthetics, and desire. Compares games across cultural, temporal, geographic, and linguistic divides, for the purpose of examining and appreciating the experiences, contributions, and values of diverse populations, as conveyed through the global phenomenon of games.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in RDG100, or RDG100LL, or (RDG100AA and RDG100AB and RDG100AC), or RDG111, or RDG112, or RDG113, or eligibility for ENG101 as indicated by appropriate writing assessment test score.
General Education Designations: Global Awareness [G], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
30209
Dobson Campus
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
01/18/2022 - 05/13/2022

Open

14 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 30209 Students may contact instructor at: keith.anderson@mesacc.edu

All textbook and course materials available at no or low cost (<$40) - may include OER (Open Educational Resources).

HUM211AA Foreign Films: Classics 3 Credits
Analysis of contributions of foreign directors to the art and history of motion pictures through a study of selected films. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Global Awareness [G], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
28100
Dobson Campus
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
01/18/2022 - 05/13/2022

Open

18 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 28100 Students may contact instructor at: keith.anderson@mesacc.edu

All textbook and course materials available at no or low cost (<$40) - may include OER (Open Educational Resources).

HUM235 Disability Studies 3 Credits
Considers representations of disability as artifacts of Western and non-Western cultures against changing backdrops in knowledge, ideas, beliefs, values, and practices. Works to build awareness, understanding, and empathy in regards to diverse forms of humanity and to de-stigmatize disease, illness, and impairment.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101 and (RDG100, or RDG100LL, or RDG111, or RDG112, or RDG113, or eligibility for CRE101 as indicated by appropriate reading placement).
General Education Designations: Global Awareness [G], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU], Literacy & Critical Inquiry [L], Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
30246
Dobson Campus
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
01/18/2022 - 05/13/2022

Open

17 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 30246 Students may contact instructor at: keith.anderson@mesacc.edu

HUM292 The Art of Storytelling 3 Credits
Explore the art and origin of storytelling. Provide a variety of storytelling techniques, styles and exercises to enhance the delivery of telling stories. Assist in the integration and application of storytelling to the learning environment in the classroom. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
28106
Live Online
Lecture
01/18/2022 - 05/13/2022
TuTh
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Open

12 of 14
Seats Available

Degrees & Awards

Degrees and Certificates

  • Ph.D. in Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies, the University of Arizona (2003)
  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction), the University of Alabama (1989)
  • B.A. with a double major in Government and Creative Writing, Oberlin College (1983)

Certifications and Qualifications

  • Life-time certification from the State Board of Directors for Community Colleges of Arizona to teach English and Literature, 1996
  • Life-time qualification by the District Office of Maricopa County Community College District to teach Creative Writing, 2000
  • Life-time certification by the District Office of Maricopa County Community College District to teach Humanities (18 + graduate-level hours in the discipline), 2005
  • Life-time qualification by the District Office of Maricopa County Community College District to teach Storytelling (coursework, workshop training, and personal/professional experiential credit), 2013
  • Life-time qualification by the District Office of Maricopa County Community College District to teach in Education (18 + graduate-level hours in the discipline), 2013

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2018-2019 eVenture Stipend Recipient to Develop Low-Cost, Online Educational Resources for HUM107: Humanities through the Arts
  • 2018, Associate Editor, Climate Fiction, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Arizona State University
  • 2017-2018 Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction Learning Grant: TED Talk Speaker Series on Disability/Diversability
  • 2016 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute: Veterans in Society, July 2016
  • 2015, One Book Arizona, Competition Judge, Consultant, and Editor, Arizona State Library.  
  • 2013-2014 Maricopa Institute for Learning Fellowship, Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction. Project: The Well-Researched Game: Designing and Developing Tabletop Games Based on Research in First-Year Composition  
  • 2013 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute: India’s Past and the Making of the Present, Delhi/Agra/Varanasi.
  • 2012-2013 Sabbatical Project: Curriculum Development for Games Studies Program for the Maricopa County Community College District and Enrollment in Related Graduate-Level Courses at Arizona State University
  • 2011-2012 Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction Learning Grant: Games as a Force and Art Form: Teaching, Learning, and the Creative Economy. Speaker Series: Chris Crawford, Tracy Fullerton, Ken Rolston, and Richard Rouse III.
  • 2011, 2012, and 2017, Reader for Mesa Community College Creative Writing Contest
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Workshops for Community College Faculty: Landmarks of American History and Culture: Along the Shore: Changing and Preserving the Landmarks of Brooklyn’s Industrial Waterfront, June 2010
  • Kaleidoscope, Curriculum Development Project 2007-2008
  • Maricopa Global Engagement program in Prague, 2006
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College and University Teachers: Re-imagining Indigenous Cultures: The Pacific Islands, 2003
  • Diversity Awards, Rio Salado College, 2003 and 2002
  • Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction International and Intercultural Education Curriculum Project: Internationalizing the Curriculum, 2002
  • Teamwork Award, Rio Salado College, 2002
  • Graduate Fellowship, University of Arizona 1989-1990
  • Haskell Award for Overseas Travel and Research, Oberlin College Alumni Office, Spring 1988
  • Emory University Creativity Award (short story entry) 1979

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