All IDSL majors are required to complete an Integrated Learning Experience. Students can choose to complete 3-credit hours in an Independent Study in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST 498) or an Internship in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDST 499).  

The Internship Program is designed to provide the IDSL major with an opportunity to practice theories, methods, and skills learned in other coursework in an applied setting. Participation in this program will expose students to the qualifications and requirements of various public and private agencies and give them the experience to meet those requirements.

Additional internship options can be found at Hire-A-Highlander as well as through Career Services.


Internship Faculty Advisors

All interns select a faculty advisor to guide the academic component of their internship experience. A list of all IDSL Faculty Associates, who can serve as Faculty Internship Advisors, with areas of interest and email contact information can be found below.


Current IDSL Faculty Associates


Dr. Brock Cutler ( is Assistant Professor of History. He interested in the relationship between the physical environment and the human world. His own research is on the history of the colonial state in nineteenth-century Algeria, with particular focus on periods of environmental disaster. Professor Cutler is able to advise within the following areas: non-US history, environment and environmental theory, the Middle East and North Africa, empire, and social philosophy.


Dr. Leslie S. Daniel ( is an Associate Professor of Special Education in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership.  She teaches in the licensure area of Special Education:  Adapted and General curriculum.  This is an interdisciplinary studies major leading to teaching licensure.  Dr. Daniel is also creator and coordinator for RU's Certificate of Autism Studies.  Her classes are taken by special, elementary, and middle educations; heath and human performance; communication and science disorders; and psychology undergraduate and graduate students.  Dr. Daniel's teaching and research interests include autism, classroom management, positive behavior supports, and co-teaching.


Dr. Sandra French ( is Associate Professor of Communication. She currently serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Business Communication. Her teaching and research interests include organizational communication; business rhetoric; corporate reputation management; leadership.


Dr. Joanna Hunter ( is Assistant Professor of Sociology, joining the department at Radford in the fall of 2013. Her  scholarly work focuses on situated identity practices and deals with the intersection of individual identity and organizational identity.  Her most recent article, “It's Not Written On Their Skin Like it is Ours:  Greek Letter Organizations in the Age of the Multicultural Imperative” appears in the October 2013 issue of Ethnicities.  She is currently working on a project about religious identity among American college students and a project about non-Black members of historically Black fraternities and sororities.  In addition to teaching the required Research Methods course in the IDSL program, she teaches courses in social psychology, gender and deviance. 


Dr. Mary LaLone ( is a Professor of Anthropology, who teaches in the RU Department of Sociology.  In addition to teaching and publishing in the fields of applied sociology and cultural anthropology, her training and work experiences span the fields of Museum Studies, Library Science, Environmental Studies, and Ethnohistory.  She has more than 20-year's experience developing university-community partnerships engaging RU students in community-based research to help preserve the cultural heritage of community groups in Southwest Virginia (see  Together with her students, she has written numerous consulting reports for community organizations and published three books of oral histories preserving Southwest Virginia's coal mining, farming, and Arsenal history.  Dr. LaLone received Radford University's Donald N. Dedmon Professional Award for Teaching Excellence.  Professor LaLone is able to advise in the following research areas:  cultural anthropology, Appalachian studies, oral history, museum studies, and community-based research.


Dr. John Liptak ( is Associate Director in Career Services. He is the author of  numerous assessments, books and  workbooks in the area of career exploration and development.  Dr. Liptak has taught in the area of career development, social science, and counselor education. He also brings experience from working as a forensic mental health counselor for both the state prison system in Delaware and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  His research interests include entrepreneurship, social problems, deviance, gender issues, mental health, and career development. 


Dr. Jeanne Mekolichick ( is Professor of Sociology. She has taught widely in the field of Sociology, focusing recently in the areas of community-based research, applied sociology, and transition to career. Her most recent research focuses on understanding the impact of undergraduate research on students.


Dr. Paul Thomas ( is Associate Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. His areas of expertise include Biblical Studies and monsters in religious traditions. In 2006 Dr. Thomas earned his Ph.D. from an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in the disciplines of religious studies and history. His interdisciplinary dissertation combined a morphological (study of forms) and historical method in a comparative study of giants in the Hebrew Bible. Dr. Thomas’ current research explores the reception of the Bible in material objects using methods developed in the disciplines of history, English and literary studies, and cultural studies.


Dr. Allison Wisecup ( is Assistant Professor of Sociology. Her teaching and research interests include social psychology; self, role, & society; gender, stratification; identity, interaction & emotions; health inequalities; sport and society; mental health.