Anson Joins University Faculty
Bellevue University recently welcomed several new faculty members. Dr. Joe Anson is one of them – he became an Assistant Professor in the College of Business in November 2019. He earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Utah State in 2017.
What did you do prior to coming to Bellevue University?
I come from the public schools, where I have 19 years of teaching experience, along with another year and a half of university work.
How did you first learn about Bellevue University and what prompted you to begin teaching here?
After I earned my Ph.D., I saw a job posted online and decided to give it a try. I was intrigued about the unique timing of the relatively new teacher education program and the opportunities that might afford. I was also impressed by the smaller feel of the campus and the encouragement from the administration to look for ways to be creative and innovative.
What classes/programs have you/will you be teaching?
I am currently teaching EDUC 230 Human Relations, EDUC 260 Intro to the Exceptional Learner, and EN 101 Composition I. I will continue teaching courses in the education program, as well as composition classes.
What do you enjoy most about teaching at Bellevue University?
So far, my favorite part of working here has been the overall friendliness of the faculty.
I see you received most of your education in Utah. Is that where you grew up? What did you enjoy most about living in Utah?
I grew up as an Air Force brat, so we moved all over the planet. My dad was never stationed at Offutt, though. My mom’s family is from Utah, so that’s where we moved after my dad retired. I went to school, got married, started a family and a career, and stuck around for a while. In Utah, I really enjoyed the sense of community and the importance of family that was emphasized, especially in education. The mountains and national parks didn’t hurt either. I could go on, but I won’t for the sake of brevity.
When did you come to Nebraska? What brought you here and what do you enjoy most about the area?
We arrived in Nebraska to stay on November 2, 2018. The two things I have enjoyed the most have been the friendliness of almost everyone I have talked to and the general public’s ability to drive courteously.
Who have been some of your biggest supporters of your academic and career endeavors?
First and foremost, my wife Amy is my biggest supporter. My family and friends from around the globe have also cheered me on. They thought I was crazy moving to “the middle of a cornfield,” but they still have my back.