Dr. Marcus Tanner currently serves as the Director for Academic Programs in University Studies and is the founding Program Director for Integrative Studies at Texas Tech University. Both his education and life experiences are interdisciplinary. Before working in higher education, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and spent 13 years in full-time pastoral ministry. He earned a Master’s degree in Education and an interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy degree in Human Development and Family Studies.
His research interests are interdisciplinary and include the interaction of ministry work and family, work and health concerns, and program assessment. He has published primary research on forced termination of clergy and its effects on clergy and their families. His research can be found in interdisciplinary peer-reviewed academic journals as well as trade publications and organizational newsletters. He is the author of Introduction to Integrative Studies 2nd edition and co-editor of Perspectives in Interdisciplinary and Integrative Studies.
He has served as an At Large Board Member for the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, Chair for the its National Honor Society (Alpha Iota Sigma) and now ex-officio as the Executive Director for Alpha Iota Sigma. He also serves as the founding president of a non-profit mental health organization he and his wife, Michelle, started.
Dr. Michelle Phillips Buchberger is an Assistant Professor in the department of Interdisciplinary and Communication Studies at Miami University. Her major research areas include the novels of John Fowles and interdisciplinary studies.
Recent publications include:
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies (2017) with Allen Repko and Rick Szostak, which is now in its second edition.
Filming John Fowles (ed. James Aubrey) to which she contributed two chapters (on “The Enigma” and “The Last Chapter” in 2016.
“The Film that Almost Was “John Fowles’s “The Black Thumb” and his collaboration with David Tringham” in the journal Framework (FALL 2016).
Dr. Michael R. Pryzdia is an experienced teacher, writer, speaker, and corporate consultant and trainer. He holds a doctorate from Bowling Green State University. From 1994 to 2001 he served as Vice-President of Life Design Inc., a corporate consulting firm dedicated to helping employees balance their personal and professional lives. From 2001 to 2006 he served as Vice-President of PR Integrated Business Solutions and as Senior Consultant/Facilitator at Carla Carter & Associates, two corporate consulting companies based in Arizona. He focused on delivering Conflict Management and Effective Communication seminars as well as Executive and Leadership Coaching and consulting sessions. As owner and President of IQ2, Michael currently offers "The Thunder of Insight Program" -- an extensive program composed of talks, seminars, and dialogues geared to fostering insight, creativity, and effective communication for organizational employees.
Michael has taught a variety of courses in a variety of disciplines including: Interdisciplinary Studies, Organizational Studies, Organizational Leadership, Ethnic Studies, American Studies, English, History, Philosophy, Mythological Studies, and Depth Psychology. He joined the Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Arizona State University in 2004.
Michael's talks and writings addressing the public audience focus on the nature of human consciousness where he integrates work being done within the disciplines of Philosophy, Psychology, Cognitive Biology, Quantum Physics, and Complex Dynamical Systems Theory.