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 forcibly terminated" (2017)
"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. 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
Bentley, G.E., Brown, M.D., and Whiting, J.B. (2017) Perspectives from fathers: Recognizing their strengths and contributions beyond breadwinning. In Briana S. Nelson Goff & Nicole P. Springer (Eds.), Families and Disabilities: A Guide for Helping Professionals (pp. 90-103). New York, NY: Routledge.

"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

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


Portrait of Dr. Rodney Donahue

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 


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


Dr. Michelle Kiser

Dr. Michelle Kiser

Published Research
Hammer, E., Agnello, M., Kiser, M., & Osaghae, O. (2012). An Investigation of Plagiarism in Developmental Literacy. Research & Teaching in Developmental Education, 29(1).

Keim, K. & Kiser, M. (July, 2019). SI or Peer Tutoring: Is One Really Better than the Other? Journal of College Academic Support Programs. 2(1).

Kiser, M. & Hammer, E.E. (August, 2016). Need to Increase Enrollment: A Successful Academic Provisionary Program. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, & Practice, 18(2).

Kiser, M., Taraban, R., & Paniukov, D. (October, 2016). Part-Whole Student Improves Memory for Science Information. Texas Success Initiative PD: TX DEPCO: Promising Practices in College Readiness retrieved from http://depco.wp.txstate.edu.

Kiser, M. (November, 2008). Developmental Education and Academic Support Program Impact. Paper presented at annual College Academic Support Program Conference, Corpus Christi, TX.

Kiser, M. (March, 2012). The Components of a Successful Program: Community College Partner in Admissions, Instruction, and Financial Aid to the Four-Year Components of Housing, Advising, Counseling, and Admissions. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Inc., Costa Mesa, CA.

Kiser, M. (September, 2015). Text Segmentation Aids Comprehension and Recall in Developmental Readers. Concurrent Session at the 2015 College Academic Support Programs (CASP) Conference, Allen, TX.

Paniukov, D. & Kiser, M. (February, 2015). Part-Whole Study Improves Memory for STEM Information. Poster presentation at the 11th Annual Advancing Teaching and Learning Conference, Lubbock, TX.

Taraban, R., Paniukov, D., & Kiser, M. (September, 2014). What Metacognitive Skills Do Developmental College Readers Need? Retrieved from http://www.improvewithmetacognition.com/what-metacognitive-skills-dodevelopmental-college-readers-need/


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


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
Winkelmes, M.A., Boye, A., and Tapp, S. (2019). Transparent Design in Higher Education Teaching and Leadership: A Guide to Implementing the Transparency Framework Institution-Wide to Improve Learning and Retention. Stylus. Sterling, Virginia.

Louder, J., Tapp, S. Phillippe, L, and Luft, J. (2016) Technology Review: Video Captioning Software to Help Comply with ADA Accessibility Requirements. The Community College Enterprise: Journal of Research and Practice (Volume 22, Number 1).

McCourt, A., Tapp, S. and Yarbrough, J. (2016). Problem-based Learning For Heightened Student Awareness. Online Cl@ssroom (Volume 16, Number 3).

Tapp, S. and McCourt, A. (2015). Creating Faculty Development Opportunities for Adjuncts in Adjunct Faculty Voices: Cultivating Professional Development and Community at the Front Lines of Higher Education. Stylus. (Fall, 2017).

Conference Presentations 
Griffith, K. and Tapp, S. Texas Tech University's STEM Teaching, Engagement & Pedagogy (STEP) Program: A Case Study in Implementing Multiple Strategies to Engage Faculty in STEM Reform. Network of STEM Education Centers (NSEC) National Conference. (Columbus, 2018).

Tapp, S., Boye, A, and Winkelmes, M.A. Incorporating Transparency into CTL Programming and Educational Development Initiatives. POD Conference (Portland, 2018).

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

Lohe, D., Logan, M, and Tapp, S. Strategic Use of your Center for Teaching and Learning. AAC&U Conference (San Francisco, 2017).

Tapp. S., Shadle, S., Beach, A., Griffith, K., and Ouellett, M. Crowdsourcing & Connecting: Identifying Strategies to Engage CTLs in STEM Reform. POD Conference (Montreal, 2017).

Tapp, S., Logan, M., Ouellett, M., Lohe, D. and Glazer, F. Strategic Initiatives for CTLs: Partnering Effectively with Administration. POD Conference (Montreal, 2017).

Felton, P. Tapp, S., Artze, I., Pinder-Grover, T., and Craig, J. (and other team members dependent on year) Getting Started: Workshop for New Faculty Developers. POD Conference (2016-2019).

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

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


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