Medaille University Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Medaille University Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

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Inter·disciplinary Studies

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

William Butler Yeats

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Department Chair:
Nicole Jowsey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Philosophy

Doug Anderson, MFA Professor

Hugh Burnam, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Humanities

Gerald Erion, Ph.D., Professor, Philosophy

Courtney Grim, Associate Professor, Arts and Digital Literacies

Daniel Kotzin, Ph.D., Professor, History

Brooke Pierce, English Language Learner (ELL) Program Coordinator

Michelle Poynton, Visiting Professor, English

Bridgette Slavin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of the Practice

Alice Villaseñor, Ph.D., Associate Professor, English


Samples of Interdisciplinary Studies Student Capstones & Independent Study Projects

Fall 2015

Kayla Wagner: Gender Stereotypes and Mathematics Anxiety: Contributing Factors to the Deficit of Women in STEM Fields

Spring 2015

Derek Bush: Predator-Prey Models

Derek Bush and Jordan McGregor: Newton-Raphson Iteration and Fractals

Jenna M. Cleversley: Exploring the Concept of the Human Soul from a Religious, Psychological, and Neuro-Scientific Perspective

Candis Kapuscinski: Examination of Population Genetics and Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium Principles

Nicole Kepfer: The Impact of Technological Multitasking in Education

Nicholas Schroder: Hyperbolic Geometry

Melissa Wittenzellner: Differences in ELA and Math Test Score Outcomes: Comparing Urban, Rural and Suburban Schools

Department of Inter·disciplinary Studies Full-Time Faculty

Department of Inter·disciplinary Studies Adjunct Faculty

Professional Disclosure

Medaille College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) ( The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The Board of Regents in New York State (NYS) grants professional licensure/certificates to qualified candidates.  Medaille College is an institutional member of the Council for the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA membership does not grant reciprocity or exempt Medaille College from state professional licensing/certification requirements.

Medaille College academic programs have been designed to meet the accreditation and licensure/certification requirements as well as prepare students to apply for licensure/certification exams in the State of New York.  As a result, licensing/certification requirements in New York may not be recognized as sufficient to obtain licensure/certification in any other state. Medaille College has not made a determination of the prerequisites for licensure or certification for other individual states or countries. Before enrolling in an academic program leading to licensure/certification, check with your state education department for specific requirements. Additional state information can be found here.

Medaille College makes no representations regarding whether a particular program will qualify a graduate for employment in any specific career position. Applicants are responsible for checking with the licensing agency in their home state for specific requirements as well as investigating expectations for any agency or employer with which they may wish to seek employment.

All applicants to the Interdisciplinary Studies programs should be aware that employers in any career field may consider numerous factors when determining eligibility or suitability for employment including, but not limited to: criminal background screening, U.S. citizenship, state residency, physical and psychological health, age and military discharge information. Similarly, employers in the industry may require drug screens as a condition to employment and/or continued employment. A criminal conviction and/or record of certain other conduct may prevent or hinder a graduate’s employment in the field. The enrolling applicant has been apprised of these matters and enrolls in this program with full understanding of the same.

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