Tammara Seabrook Anderson is the current Executive Director of th University of Southern California’s Joint Educational Project, located in one of the most diverse cosmopolitan cities in the country, Los Angeles, California.
The Joint Educational Project (JEP) is one of the oldest and largest service learning programs in the country. Based in USC’s College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, JEP is a program designed to broker between academic courses and schools and service agencies surrounding the university’s main campus. JEP places some 2000 students, coming from some 50 courses in the college each year.
In 1998, Tammy became only the third director of the Joint Educational Project, after initially coming to coordinate its intergenerational service-learning project back in 1981. As director, she overseas the day to day operations of the Project, develops service-learning programs, implements the short and long-term strategic planning for the Project, develops and maintains relationships with community partners, foundations, and private donors.
Tammara has been involved in the field of Experiential Education since the early 1980’s. As a member of the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) since 1984, she has been an ardent supporter of service-learning and its tremendous positive impact on student learning. She was elected to and served on the Board of Directors of NSEE from 1987-1990. Tammara was the first African American to serve on this board. As a member of the American Association of Higher Education and the American Public Health Association, Tammy has conducted training sessions and workshops on service-learning, community service and volunteerism on college campuses. She has served on local community non-profit boards, which assists in such issues as senior citizen programs, adult day-care, and children with special needs and their families.
Tammy received her Bachelor’s degree in Gerontology in 1980 and a Masters degree in Education in 1990, with a specialization in Higher Adult and Professional Education, both from the University of Southern California.