Texas Tech University

Achievements and Research


Dr. Marcus Tanner Academic Director

Dr. Marcus N. Tanner

"The ability to face constructively the tension of opposing ideas and instead of choosing one at the expense of the other, generate a creative resolution of the tension in the form of a new idea that contains elements of the opposing ideas but is superior to each." Roger Martin, The Opposable Mind, 2007 

Introduction to Integrative Studies (2nd ed)
Perspectives in Interdisciplinary and Integrative Studies

Published Research
"Learning from clergy who have been forcible terminated" (In Press)
"The process of forced termination: Couples in ministry share their experiences" (2015)

Conference Presentation
AIS Pre-Conference Workshop:Online Interdisciplinarity: Best practices for online interdisciplinary teaching and learning (Oct 2016)
AIS Annual Conference: "Teaching Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Research" (Oct 2015)
Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Andrea McCourt Assistant Director Academic Programs

Dr. Andrea McCourt

"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities " - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Published Research
"Creating Faculty development opportunities for adjuncts" (Tapp, S. and McCourt, A. Article is in press)

"So what are you?": Inappropriate interview questions for psychology doctoral and internship applicants" (Parent, M., Weiser, D. and McCourt, A. (2015) )

Faculty Fellowship 

She will complete a one year Faculty Fellowship in the TLPDC, with the focus of the fellowship to develop professional development opportunities and other resources for non-tenure track faculty.

Teaching Academy 

She will be inducted into the Texas Tech Teaching Academy Fall 2018. 

Conference Presentations
Teacher Professor Technology Conference: "Faculty Development and Support Services for Adjunct Faculty" (Oct 2016)

College and University Professional Association for Human Resources: "More Bang for No Buck: How we Created a Free HR Credential for Employees" (Sept 2016)
Curriculum Vita


Dr. Gail Bentley Instructor

Dr. Gail Bentley

"If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed." Thomas Jefferson

Published Research 
"In-hospital breastfeeding and intention to return to work influence mothers' breastfeeding intentions" (Thomas-Jackson, S., Bentley, G., Keyton, K., Reifman, A., Boylan, M., & Hart, S. (2016) ) 

"Down syndrome and fathering: An exploration of hope, satisfaction, & coping" (Bentley, G., Zvonkovic, A., McCarty, M., & Springer, N. (2015) )

Conference Presentations 
AIS International Conference: "Undergraduate students investigate an interdisciplinary approach to human trafficking at local and international levels" (Gibbs, R., & Bentley, G. (2016) ) 

Poster Presentation AIS International Conference: "Human trafficking: A perspective from computer science and organizational leadership" (Sparks, T., & Bentley, G. (2016))
Curriculum Vitae 


Dr. James Childers Instructor

Dr. James Childers 

Published Research 
"Detection of gunshot residue on dark colored clothing prior to chemical analysis." (Kersh, K., Childers, J., Karim, G., & Justice, D. (2014) )

"Comparing sexual assault prevalence estimates obtained with direct and indirect questioning techniques" (Krebs, C., Lindquist, C., Warner, T., Fisher, B, Martin, S., & Childers, J. (2011) )

Community Service and Leadership 
Human Resource Consulting for Non-Profit Organization
Curriculum Vitae 


Raynie Gibbs INTS Instructor

Raynie Gibbs

"Wisdom is the right use of knowledge" Dr. Charles Spurgeon

Published Research
Gaining Essential Math Skills: An interdisciplinary plan to help developmental math students progress through College Algebra

Conference Presentation
AIS International Conference: "Teaching Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Research" (Co-Presented with Dr. Gail Bentley (2015) )
Curriculum Vitae 


Dr. Rachna Heizer HRDV Instructor

Dr. Rachna Heizer

Conference Presentation/Trainings

Presented a training on "Strengths Based Education for Students with Disabilities" at the Fairfax County Public School's Special Education Conference in April 2018. 

Participated on a panel on Intersectionality at the June 2018 Network Nova Women's Summit in Virginia

Presented a training at the Netroots Nations Conference in August 2018 in New Orleans on "Reframing Disability as Diversity"

Presented a training at the Rise District Summit September 2018 Orleans on "Reframing Disability as Diversity"

Participating on a panel on Juvenile Justice September 2018 with the Fairfax County NAACP


Jill Stangl HRDV Instructor

Jill Stangl
Research Interest
Future employability and licensure of students with criminal histories- Of particular interest are convictions and deferred adjudications of crimes of moral turpitude and their impact on students' ability to obtain employment, acceptance into graduate and professional school, and licensure post-graduation. 
Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Rodney Donahue INTS Instructor

Dr. Rodney R. Donahue

Published Research 
"Conan the Destroyer of a Franchise" (June 2015)

Conference Presentations 
Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference: "We really are just like the "Other": Changelings and cylons expose America's great fear" (Feb 2014)

Invited Lectures 
Honors College Texas Tech University: "The Feminine 'Mystique': Gender Bias in X-Men" (Feb 2015)
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Film Series Texas Tech University: "Dr. Strangelove" (Nov 2013)
Curriculum Vitae 


James Kemper Instructor HRDV

James Kemper 

"Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes." - Peter Drucker

Research Interest 
Non-monetary incentives for employees, behavioral finance/economics, and more efficient ways in assessing learning outcomes in the classroom

Conference Presentations
2016 Constitution Day, South Plains College: "How business Analytics and Predictive Modeling have Influenced Presidential Election Campaigns" (2016)
West Texas Assessment Annual Conference: "Applying Adam Smith's Canons of Taxation to get the most out of your Critical Thinking and Teamwork Assignments" (2014)
Curriculum Vitae 


Suzanne Tapp INTS Instructor

Suzanne Tapp

"Learning is finding out what you already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. We are all learners, doers, teachers." - Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Published Research
"Technology Review: Video Captioning Software to Help Comply with ADA Accessibility Requirements" (Louder, J., Tapp, S., Phillippe, L., & Luft, J. (2016) )

"Problem-based Learning for Heighted Student Awareness" (McCourt, A., Tapp, S., & Yarbrough, J. (2016) )

Conference Presentations 
POD Conference: "Getting Started: Workshop for New Faculty Developers" (2016)
WCET Connect Annual Meeting: An update on a Multi-Year Captioning Compliance Pilot Project (Louder, J. & Tapp, S. (2016) )

Human Resources (CUPA-HR) Conference (Oct 2018): "Strategies to Attract, Develop, and Retain Contingent/Adjunct Faculty" 
Curriculum Vitae


Libby Spradlin Instructor INTS

Libby Spradlin

Research Interests
Research involves career counseling and development, specifically utilizing a holistic approach in counseling that combines using theory and selected assessments to integrate career and mental health issues.
Curriculum Vitae 


Jessica M. Williams 

Research Interests
Areas of research interest are training and development, team leadership, ethics and organizational behavior.
Curriculum Vitae 


Stella Zaragoza

Stella B. Zaragoza

Texas Tech University: Application Development & Support (2015)

Professional Organization

Serving as Treasurer 2018-2020 for the Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning. She will continue to serve as an At-Large Board Member 2015-2017, 2017-2019 with this organization and serve as a Website Committee Member.  

Conference Presentations
American Association for Collegiate Independent Study (AACIS) Annual Conference: "UNR independent learning program review" (2009)
Curriculum Vitae 


Joe Imamura

Joseph Imamura, Ph.D.

Conference Presentations
AIAS Washington, DC Panel Discussion: Careers in Public Architecture (June, 2015)
Federal Architecture: Through the Lens of General Services Administration (May, 2011)

Emerging Professionals
Top 40 Under 40 Emerging Professionals, Building Design+Construction Magazine (2014) 

Research Interests 
As a scholar, I am interested in re-examining the approach to practice-based research and solving complex problems in need of integrative solutions where theory and practice serve as the underpinning for interdisciplinary research and new understanding.
Curriculum Vitae


Academic News

  • New INTS Course 3310 Intro to IDS Theory and Methods- Course will introduce theoretically based inquiry and foundational research methods. Covers the goals of scientific research and supports the transition to interdisciplinary methods of inquiry. 
  • Look for HRDV Intersessions Coming Soon: HRDV 2301 and HRDV 3301

Student Research Opportunities 

  • More Details Coming Soon