Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

Debra Anderson
Division of Humanities and Education
Associate Professor of English

     Office: B214
     Extension: x2445

M.A. English, Salem State College
B. A. Philosophy, Boston College

Having been a first-generation college student, I strive to create a classroom environment where students feel comfortable and respected. In my experience, fear prohibits honest reflection. Further, I value accountability both in terms of our roles (student and teacher) in the class and as well as in our work as individuals.

Courses Taught:

Conference on College Composition and Communication
National Council of Teachers of English
Two-Year College Association



  • College Culture, Student Success. Boston: Pearson Longman, 2008.
  • Journal Articles

  • “Colloquia: Conversations on Teaching and Learning.” with Elizabeth Kemper French. 2003
  • “Assessing Service-Learning: One Approach for Service-Learning Students in a Basic Writing Course.” Update: Lash Center for Teaching and Learning Newsletter
  • Other Materials

  • “Tutoring Strategies for Independent Learning, an Online professional development course.” Canter and Associates, 1999.
  • Poems

  • “For Anne Sexton and Her Kind.” Soundings East 1994 : 4.
  • Presentations:

    Panel Discussions

  • "Five Colleges Collaborate in Freshman Writing" The Ninth Annual Community College Conference on Teaching, Learning and Student Development. Worcester, MA (April 7, 2006)
  • "Books Can Change Lives" Bristol Community College Professional Day. Bristol Community College Fall River, MA (March 29, 2006)
  • Presentations

  • "Changing Realities: Expanding the Audience While Deepening the Writing Realities of Common Outcomes for First-Year English" Conference on College Composition and Communication. New Orleans, LA (April 5, 2008)
  • "Conversations About Common Outcomes in First Year English at Five Colleges" New England Faculty Development Consortium. Westford Regency Conference Center Worcester, MA (November 17, 2006)
  • "Connect:† Establishing Common Outcome Goals and Rubrics for First-Year English" 2nd Annual Assessment Conference. Southern Maine Community College South Portland, ME (April 15, 2005)
  • "Norming Without Conforming: Coordinating a Portfolio Assessment Project When Faculty Participation is Voluntary" Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Francisco, CA (March 16, 2005)
  • Awards:
    Massachusetts Colleges Online Course of Distinction Award Recipient, 2005.
    National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award Recipient, 2002.
    Bristol Community College's Silver Shield Award Recipient, 2002