Doug Anderson has served since July 1999 as professor of journalism and dean of the College of Communications at Penn State. Prior to that, he was Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees Professor and director of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication at Arizona State University.
He has been active in journalism-mass communications' accrediting process since 1990. He has served three terms on the Council, chairing its long-range planning committee from 1992-1994 and chairing its standards review committee from 1994-1996. He has served four terms on the Accrediting Committee, which he chaired from 1994-1997. He has served the past two years as vice chair of the Committee. Since 1990, he has chaired accrediting site-team visits to or conducted pre-accreditation visits to more than 35 universities.