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Dr. Tanya Yerigan, Executive Director
The Center for Scholastic Inquiry hosts premier education, behavioral science and business research conferences and was founded by Tanya Yerigan, Ph.D.  Dr. Yerigan holds a doctor of philosophy in education; a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in teaching, learning and leadership; a bachelor’s degree in social work, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology.  Additionally, Dr. Yerigan holds several mental health, education and social work licensures and certifications.  She has served these fields in multiple capacities for over 22 years.  Dr. Yerigan worked as a school social worker, social studies teacher and prevention educator in the K-12 system for 13 years.  As an education professor, she has taught at the university-level for nearly 20 years. Additionally, Dr. Yerigan owns and operates a Minnesota-based small business and manages a second.  As CSI’s executive director and a career-long educator, Dr. Yerigan is profoundly aware of the need for the scholarly promotion of professional practice and creation of communities of practice that will advance academic research, encourage best practice, and elevate professionalism.  Nearly a decade ago as Dr. Yerigan navigated the tenure and promotion process, she identified a clear need for an organization that would promote quality work (presented and written) while also building a network of experienced and novice researchers.  

Founding the Center for Scholastic Inquiry is her opus and an extension of her service to the field of academic research.  CSI's premier academic research conferences and academic journals are part of that vision.  As the founder/owner of the Center for Scholastic Inquiry, Dr. Yerigan is grateful for the volunteers that allow the organization to operate.  Higher education faculty with a like-vision ensure that the organization runs seamlessly with the highest of standards.  This includes two high-functioning and involved boards (editorial and advisory).

About Our Academic Research Conference Team

Dr. Dennis Lamb, Editor-in-Chief
Dr. Dennis Lamb is in his 36th year in education and his 16th year with Southwest Minnesota State University. His teaching background is in elementary education, having taught 5th and 6th grade for eight years and served as elementary principal for four years before transitioning his career to higher education. He taught in two private colleges in Iowa before joining SMSU in 2002, where he directed an off-campus elementary education degree program at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, MN. He now facilitates learning communities in the north central part of the state. A career highlight occurred in 2013-14 when he was granted a sabbatical and was a visiting professor at Udon Thani Rajabhat University in Thailand for five months. He currently resides in Baxter, MN with his wife, Joni, and has two daughters and one granddaughter.
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Shirley Barnes, Alabama State University
Joan Berry, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Timothy Harrington, Chicago State University
Michelle Beach, Southwest MN State University
Dennis Lamb, Southwest MN State University
Brooke Burks, Auburn University at Montgomery
Jamal Cooks, San Francisco State University
Linda Rae Markert, State University of NY at Oswego
Robin Davis, Claflin University
Tanya Yerigan, Southwest MN State University

Conference Planning Team 
Garrett ~ Tammy ~ Denny
  Tim  ~ Tanya 

Editorial Team    

York Williams, West Chester University
Sally Creasap, Capital University
Dennis Lamb, Southwest MN State University
Gina Bittner, Peru State College
Karen Enos, Chadron State College
Tracey Huddleston, Middle Tennessee State University
Betsye Robinette, Indiana Wesleyan University
Sonja Harrington, Alabama State University
​Tanya Yerigan, Southwest MN State University
Andrew Pueschel, Ohio University

Mr. Garrett McCoss, Managing Director
Mr. Garrett McCoss has worked with Center for Scholastic Inquiry since its inception.  In late 2020 due to medical issues, Dr. Tanya Yerigan decided to take a step back from her level of involvement with the day-to-day operations of the organization.  We are pleased that Garrett has been selected to temporarily take over the reigns.  Garrett has a background in business and law enforcement.  He will ensure that CSI continues to operate as a seamless organization with quality and integrity at the forefront. Garrett lives in rural Minnesota with his partner, Steph, and their two children.