Marti Anderson, PhD


Dr. Anderson has taught, trained, and supported teachers in formal and non-formal contexts for more than 30 years. She has worked with teachers of English and French as well as those who teach non-language subjects and trainers who work in the trades and other technical environments. She has worked with teachers in dozens of countries on six continents; these teachers have taught in a range of contexts from preschool to the post-graduate level, in rural and urban schools, in schools with rich resources and those largely resource-poor, and in situations where teachers are teaching in their mother tongue or using a foreign language.

Dr. Anderson sees the opportunities she has had to be with teachers in their classrooms as the most exciting, rewarding, and humbling aspect of her professional work. She loves the face-to-face teaching that is often involved. She has developed and taught online courses for teachers and training professionals and has trained teachers via television and web-based technologies. She is interested in fostering human potential through humanistic pedagogies, reflective practice, and cross-cultural understanding in educational environments. She is especially drawn to exploring and understanding the transformative features of teaching and learning.

She holds degrees from the University of Hawaii, University of Minnesota, School for International Training, and the California Institute of Integral Studies where she earned her PhD, where she integrated her interests in philosophy, world religions, systems thinking, chaos theory, organizational development theories, and subtle energies. Other interests in Marti’s life include experiencing the nuances of other cultures, adding to her international textile collection, cooking, yoga, and her family.

Courses Taught

Graduate Courses
Developing an Approach to Teaching and Learning
Curriculum Design and Assessment
Sandanona Conference
Interim Year Teaching Practice Supervisor
Independent Professional Project Advisor

Select Publications

Anderson, M., Conley, S. & Turpin, L., editors (2021).  Inside and Between: Reflections on 50 years of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at the School for International Training.  Self-published.

Rodgers, C., Anderson, M., Burkett, B., Conley, S., Stanley, C., & Turpin, L. (2021). Reconstructing and Reorganizing Experience: Weaving a Living Philosophy. Teachers College Record123(6), 1-27.

Anderson, M. (2011). The Silent Way: A Pedagogy of Life. The Gattegno Effect. Amy Logan, Editor. New York, NY: Educational Solutions Worldwide Inc.

Larsen-Freeman, D. & Anderson, M. (2013). Techniques and principles in language teaching 3rd edition-Oxford handbooks for language teachers. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Anderson, M. (2008, November) The Peaceable Classroom: Towards a Peaceable Pedagogy.  Proceedings of the Gross National Happiness Conference Academic Session. Bhutan.

Anderson, M. (2007, November). Subtle Energies in the Classroom:  Phenomenological Research on the role of Energy in Education.  Proceedings of the Gross National Happiness Conference Academic Session, Bangkok, Thailand. 

Anderson, Marti. (2002) Our Growing Understanding of Subtle Energies and Their Function in the Evolving Universe. World Futures, 59:2,83104, DOI: 10.1080/02604020216074

Anderson, M. (2003). Subtle Energies in the Classroom, Encounter, Education for Meaning and Social Justice. Brief Reports: Innovations in Education, 16(1), 51-52. 

Anderson, M. (1993).  Looking at How Discussions Work. In D. Freeman & S. Cornwell (Eds.), New Ways in Teacher Education.  Alexandria, VA: TESOL.

Anderson, M. (1998)Ethnographic Study – Dynamic Seeing for Culture Learning. In A. Fantini (Ed.) New Ways in Teaching Culture. Alexandria, VA: TESOL.

Anderson, M. (1998). Acting is Becoming: Using student-created characters for enhanced language learning.In V. Whiteson (Ed.) New Ways of Using Drama and Literature in Language Teaching.  Alexandria, VA:TESOL.

Select Presentations

Anderson, M. 2022. How VT Educators and Families are Prioritizing SEL. SEL4VT Webinar.

Anderson, M. 2021. Rethinking Assessment. Unicen Uzbekistan. Webinar.

Anderson, M. 2020. How can teachers become more resilient? ELT Cay for Puerto Rico Webinar.

Anderson, M. 2017. Why are we here? Critical thinking, teaching and the Digital Era.  Korea TESOL, Seoul, Korea.

Anderson, M. 2016. Teaching and supporting non-native speakers of English.  Castleton University.

Anderson,M. 2015. What does grammar have to do with it: English as a Lingua Franca. Colorado TESOL.

Anderson, M. 2014. English for teaching.  National Geographic Learning. Vietnam.

Research Interests

Reflective practice for teachers and other practitioners
Pedagogical innovation
Humanistic pedagogy for instruction in vocational education and the trades.
Social-Emotional Learning-oriented teacher training, materials and support
Supporting refugee learners


  • PhD, Learning and Change in Human Systems, California Institute of Integral Studies
  • MAT, Teaching, School for International Training
  • BA, Psychology, University of Minnesota
  • AA, liberal arts, University of Hawai'i
Marti Anderson, PhD