Dr. Marcus Tanner is the 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 doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University. Dr. Tanner is credited with developing the undergraduate program in Integrative Studies at Texas Tech. “I love teaching and working with students of all ages. Learning is not just an academic venture it should be a lifelong goal”.
His research interests include the interaction of ministry work and family, work and health concerns, and program assessment. Dr. Tanner has published primary research on forced termination of clergy and its effects on clergy and their families. His publications can be found in peer-reviewed academic journals as well as trade publications and organizational newsletters.
Dr. Tanner serves on a number of committees at the university and is the Co-Coordinator for the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies National Honor Society (Alpha Iota Sigma). He also serves as the founding president of a non-profit organization he and his wife, Michelle, started. Their organization, HealingChoice, provides PastorCare to ministry families, helping them develop healthy relationships, healthy ministries, and healthy families.