Association for Interdisciplinary Studies

Oakland University - Macomb County
44575 Garfield Road (Bldg. UC2, Suite 103)
Clinton Township, MI 48038
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Association of Interdisciplinary Studies

The Board and Presidents

The Board and Presidents

of Directors

2018-2019 AIS Board of Directors

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President (10/16-10/19): 
James Welch IV
Independent Scholar
Chickasha, OK 73018


Past President (10/16-10/19):  
Machiel Keestra
Assistant Professor, Natural and Social Sciences Program and Interdisciplinary Honors Program 
Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies
University of Amsterdam
Science Park 904
1098 XH Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Vice-president, relations (10/18-10/19): 
Khadijah O. Miller, PhD
Professor and Department Chair
Department of History and Interdisciplinary Studies
Norfolk State University
Norfolk, VA 23504

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Vice-president, development (10/18-10/19) and 
Director of Digital Initiatives (10/17-10/19): 
Jennifer J. Dellner
Professor, English and Literature
Ocean County College 
Toms River, NJ 08754 (preferred)

                  At-large members:
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Dr. Allison Upshaw

Asst. Professor of Music
Stillman College
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 


Heidi Upton


Dr. Heidi Upton

Associate Professor - Institute for Core Studies, Discover New York
St. John's College
Jamaica, NY 11439

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Merel van Goch

Assistant Professor, Liberal Arts and Sciences 
Utrecht University 
Janskerkhof 13, 3512 BL Utrecht
The Netherlands

Evan Widders

Evan Widders

Associate Professor 
West Virginia University
Programs for Multi- and Interdisciplinary Studies 
Morgantown, WV 26506

                  Ex-Officio members:

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Conference liaison: 
Roslyn Abt Schindler
Associate Professor Emerita 
Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, 
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202

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IIS Co-editor:
P. Sven Arvidson
Director and Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
Associate Appointment, Philosophy
Senior Fellow, Center for Faculty Development

Seattle University
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

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IIS Co-editor:
Gretchen Schulz
Professor Emerita, English/Humanities 
Oxford College of Emory University
100 Hamill St., Oxford, GA 30054
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Executive Director, Alpha Iota Sigma:
Marcus N. Tanner, Ph.D., LMFTA
Program Director - Integrative Studies

Texas Tech University - University Studies, Room 164B
2515 15 St., P.O. Box 41006
Lubbock, TX 79409-1006

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Business Manager: 
Scott L. Crabill
Associate Professor
Department of Communication and Journalism
Oakland University
2200 N. Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401

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International Liaison: 
Brian McCormack
Principal Lecturer
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-1901

NamePhoneFaxHome Or CellE-Mail
Arvidson, P. Sven206-296-5470
Crabill, Scott L.248-370-4132 248-568-1076 
Dellner, Jennifer   
Keestra, Machiel+31.20 525 5507+31.20 525 5505 
Miller, Khadijah O.
Schindler, Roslyn(313) 577-3002 (248) 541-7218
Schulz, Gretchen  (770) 784-8269
Tanner, Marcus
Upton, Heidi   
van Goch, Merel
Welch IV, James 405-574-1283  
Widders, Evan
Chronological Listing of Presidents of The Association for Interdisciplinary Studies:
  • 2016-19: James Welch IV (Associate Professor of History, Chair - Division of Social Sciences and Business, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma)
  • 2014-16: Machiel Keestra (Assistant Professor of Natural and Social Sciences Program and Interdisciplinary Honors Program, Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Amsterdam)
  • 2011-13: Rick Szostak (Economics, University of Alberta)
  • 2009-11: Karen Moranski (Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, University of Illinois at Springfield)
  • 2007-09: Pauline Gagnon (Chair of Mass Communications and Theatre and Professor of Theatre, University of West Georgia)
  • 2005-07: Don Stowe (Interdisciplinary Studies, College of HRSM, University of South Carolina)
  • 2003-05: Cheryl Jacobsen (Vice President for Academic Affairs, Loras College)
  • 2001-03: Carolyn Haynes (Honors Program, Miami University)
  • 1999-2001: Joan Fiscella (Library, University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • 1997-99: Roz Schindler (Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Wayne State University)
  • 1995-97: Constance Ramirez (Academic Affairs, English, Duquesne University)
  • 1993-95: Stephen Gottlieb (English, Quinnipiac College)
  • 1991-93: Slobodan Petrovich (Psychology, IDS, Interprofessional, University of Maryland at Baltimore)
  • 1990-91: Nelson Bingham (Psychology, Earlham College)
  • 1989-90: Michael Field (English, Honors, Faculty Development, Bemidji State University)
  • 1988-89: Anne Brooks (Humanities, Eastern Kentucky University)
  • 1987-88: Julie Thompson Klein (Humanities, IDS Program, Wayne State University)
  • 1986-87: Beth Casey (General Education/Special Prog., Bowling Green State University)
  • 1985-86: Raymond C. Miller (Social Science, San Francisco State University)
  • 1984-85: Thomas L. Benson (President, Green Mountain State College)
  • 1983-84: Thomas R. Murray (Center for Bio-Medical Ethics, Case Western Reserve University)
  • 1981-83: Forrest Armstrong (Dean, Grand Valley State College)
  • 1980-81: Barb Hursh (Associate Provost, Psychology, Northeastern Illinois University)
  • 1979-80: William H. Newell (School of IDS, Miami University)
Boards 1980 -


VP-1**VP-2Director of Digital InitiativesAt-LargeIssues EditorOther***Secretary-Treas**** 
Newell PetraVonBlumeHursh  Stevens 
HurshArmstrongHahnMurrayPetr, VonBlum  Stevens 
ArmstrongHahnHaasWeaveBinder, Petr   Wadsworth
MurrayBensonCaseyHettlingerMiller, Petr, Klein   Newell
BensonMillerCaseyLaFleurKlein, Petr   Newell
MillerLaFleurKleinBrooks, Field    Newell
CaseyKleinBrooks Bingham, Kleiner, Schumacher, Field   Newell
KleinBrooksBrooksBinghamField, Schumacher, Beckwith, Kleiner  Newell 
BrooksFieldBeckwithSchumacherMaloney, Gottlieb, Petrovich  Newell
FieldBinghamPetrovichSchumacherMaloney, Gottlieb, BeckwithBailis Newell

Maloney. Gottlieb, Beckwith

Bailis Newell
PetrovichGottliebRamirezFiscellaDouglas, Maloney, LewinBailis Newell
PetrovichGottliebRamirezFiscellaO'Neill, Douglas, CarpBailis Newell
GottliebRamirezSchindlerFiscellaCarp, O'Neill, DouglasBailis Newell
GottliebRamirezSchindlerFiscellaMaloney, Carp, O'NeillBailis Newell
Ramirez SchindlerFiscellaMaloney, Sebberson, O'Neill, CarpBailis Newell
RamirezSchindlerFieldFiscellaSquire, Haynes, Maloney, SebbersonBailis Newell
SchindlerFiscellaHaynesSquireJacobsen, Seabury, Wentworth, SebbersonBailis Newell 
SchindlerFiscellaHaynesSquireJacobsen, Seabury, Wentworth, SebbersonBailis  Newell
Fiscella HaynesWenworthJacobsen, Seabury, Navakas, CogdillSebberson Newell 
Fiscella HaynesJacobsenStowe, Navakas, Cogdill, SzostakWentworth, Sebberson  Newell
Haynes SeaburyJacobsenStowe, Szostak, Navakas, CogdillWentworth, Sebberson  Newell
HaynesJacobsenSeaburyStoweNavakas, Cogdill, Szostak, GagnonWentworth, Sebberson Newell 
Jacobsen SeaburyStoweNavakas, Chin, Szostak, GagnonHenry, Schindler  Newell
JacobsentStoweSeaburySzostakChin, Gagnon, Henry, MoranskiFiscella, NavakasDeZure Newell
Stowe GagnonSzostakHenry, Moranski, Schindler, HallFiscella, NavakasDeZureNewell 
StoweGagnonHenryMoranskiSchindler, Hall, Augsburg, RepkoFiscella, NavakasDeZure Newell
Gagnon HenryMoranskiHall, Repko, Augsburg, SzostakFiscella, NavakasSchindler Newell
GagnonMoranskiHenryRepkoAugsburg, Welch, Hall, SzostakFiscella, Navakas

Schindler, Schulz

Moranski HenryRepkoAugsburg, Welch, Hall, Szostak 

Schindler, Schulz

MoranskiSzostakHenryAugsburgHall, Keestra, Welch, Whipps 

Schindler, Schulz, Dellner

Szostak WelchAugsburgDellnerCrabill, Keestra, Lichtenstein, McMurtry 

Schindler, Schulz, Dellner

SzostakKeestra  DellnerLichtenstein, McMurtry, Tanner,Schulz, Gagnon   Newell
Keestra WelchAugsburgDellnerCarmichael, Lichtenstein, McCormack, TannerSchulz, DreyfussSchindler, Crabill Newell
2016KeestraWelchDellnerAugsburgDellnerCarmichael, Miller, Tanner, UptonSchulz, Dreyfuss  Newell
2017WelchDellnerAugsburgDellnerDeRosa, Hirsch, Miller, UptonSchulz, ArvidsonSchindler, Crabill, TannerNewell
2018WelchDellnerMillerDellnerDeRosa, Hirsch, Upton, WiddersSchulz, ArvidsonSchindler, Crabill, Tanner, McCormackNewell
2019WelchDellnerMillerDellnerUpshaw, Upton, van Goch, Widders Schulz, ArvidsonSchindler, Crabill, Tanner, McCormack

* One, two, or three of the most recent past presidents rounded out the Board, depending on the year.
** Most years the first Vice President was VP-Development, and the second was VP-Relations, though the job descriptions varied.
*** DeZure and Schulz served as Director of Organizational Development, Schindler was Conference Liaison, and Dellner was Information Technology Director.
**** Stevens was Secretary-Treasurer and Newsletter Editor 1980-81. Newell was Secretary-Treasurer and Newsletter Editor 1984-1992, when his title changed to Executive Director (though he retained those responsibilities).

Names and institutional affiliations of all Board members:

Forrest Armstrong (William James, Grand Valley State)
P. Sven Arvidson (Seattle University)
Tanya Augsburg (Arizona State, San Francisco State)
Stan Bailis (San Francisco State)
Guy Beckwith (Auburn)
Tom Benson (UMBC, St. Andrews)
Arnold Binder (UC-Irvine)
Nelson Bingham (Earlham)
Anne Brooks ( Eastern Kentucky)
Tami Carmichael (University of North Dakota)
Richard Carp (Kansas City Art Institute, Appalachian State)
Beth Casey (Bowling Green)
Hue-Ping Chin (Drury)
Sharon Cogdill (St. Cloud State)
Scott L. Crabill (Oakland University)
Jennifer J. Dellner (Ocean County College)
Robin DeRosa(Plymouth State University)
Deborah DeZure (EMU, Michigan State)
Elizabeth Douglas (Geneva College)
Michael Field (Bemidji State)
Joan Fiscella (UIC)
Steve Gottlieb (Quinnipiac)
Pauline Gagnon (West Georgia)
Paul Haas (Bowling Green)
Jeanne Hahn (Evergreen)
Jim Hall (U of Alabama/New College)
Carolyn Haynes (Miami)
Stuart Henry (Wayne State, San Diego State)
Richard Hettlinger (Kenyon)
Paul Hirsch (State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry)
Barbara Hursh (Northeastern Illinois)
Cheryl Jacobsen (Wartburg, ACM, Loras)
Machiel Keestra (University of Amsterdam)
Julie Klein (Wayne State)
Elaine Kleiner (Indiana State)
Ingrid LaFleur (Stockton State, SUNY-Plattsburgh)
Philip Lewin (Clarkson)
Kathleen Maloney (St. Cloud State, Georgia College, Maine-Farmington)
Brian McCormack (Arizona State University)
Khadijah O. Miller (Norfolk State University)
Ray Miller (San Francisco State)
Karen Moranski (UI-Springfield)
Tom Murray (Miami, Hastings Center)
Fran Navakas (North Central College)
William Newell (Miami)
Kevin O'Neill (Redlands)
Jerry Petr (Nebraska)
Slobodan Petrovich (UMBC)
Constance Ramirez (Duquesne)
Allen Repko (UT-Arlington)
Roslyn Abt Schindler (Wayne State)
Gretchen Schulz (Emory)
Paul Schumacher (Ball State)
Marcia Seabury (Hartford)
David Sebberson (St. Cloud State)
Shelagh Squire (Carleton U, Canada)
Dana Stevens (New College of USF)
Don Stowe (U of South Carolina)
Rick Szostak (U of Alberta, Canada)
Marcus Tanner (Texas Tech University)
Allison Upshaw (Stillman College)
Heidi Upton (St. John's College)
Merel van Goch (Utrecht University)
Paul Von Blum (UCLA)

Emily "Rusty" Wadsworth (Northeastern Illinois)
Fred Weaver (Hampshire)
James Welch IV (UT-Arlington)
Jay Wentworth (Appalachian State)
Judy Whipps (Grand Valley State University)
Evan Widders (West Virginia University)