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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 20 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.  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.  

About Our Academic Research Conference Team

Dr. Jamal Cooks, Editor-in-Chief
Dr. Cooks serves as CSI's editor-in-chief.  Currently, Dr. Cooks is a tenured, Associate Professor at San Francisco State University in the Department of Secondary Education.  Dr. Cooks taught middle school and high school social studies and English (remedial coursework) at the junior college level.  He earned his B.A. from University of California at Berkeley and a MA in Social Studies Curriculum Development from the University of Michigan as well as his Ph.D. 

He is active in many capacities on the local, state, and national levels. Dr. Cooks is on many Advisory Boards including Youth Together Student Center, Skyline High School Education Academy, and for a non-profit called Creative Education.  On the state level, Dr. Cooks has served as a member of the Center for the Advancement of Reading, the Secondary Literacy Task Force through the California State University system, and the California State University System Faculty Advisory Committee.  On the national level, Dr. Cooks has been a co-author of the Shades of Literacy Column in Voices From the Middle, a reviewer for the English Journal, and an active member of the National Council for Teachers of English, including a voted member of the Middle Level Steering Committee which provides insight about policy issues related to early adolescents.
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Shirley Barnes, Alabama State University
Lucinda Woodward, Indiana University Southeast
Joan Berry, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Timothy Harrington, Chicago State University
Michelle Beach, Southwest MN State University
Brooke Burks, Auburn University at Montgomery
Jamal Cooks, San Francisco State University
​Kenneth Goldberg, National University
Linda Rae Markert, State University of NY at Oswego
Arina Gertseva, Washington State University
Robin Davis, Claflin University
Tanya Yerigan, Southwest MN State University


Conference Planning Team 
Megan ~ Kevin ~ Kale ~  Bobbie ~ Tammy
  ~ Tim Y. ~ Cori Ann ~  

Editorial Team    

Our planning team is comprised of behavioral science, business, and education professionals who volunteer their time.
York Williams, West Chester University
Betsye Robinette, Indiana Wesleyan University
Sonja Harrington, Alabama State University
Joanna Mann, Langston University
Lonni Gill, Indiana University/Purdue University
Sally Creasap, Capital University
Miguel Fernandez, Chicago State University
John Huss, Northern Kentucky University​
Cynthia Alvarado-Stinson, Coastal Bend College
Gina Bittner, Peru State College
Karen Enos, Chadron State College
Tracey Huddleston, Middle Tennessee State University
​Tanya Yerigan, Southwest MN State University