Interdisciplinary Studies Staff

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Christopher Qualls

IDSC Faculty


Chris Qualls teaches Foundations of Interdisciplinary University Studies in the IDSC Program. He has been on the faculty at Auburn University for over a decade and has had the pleasure of teaching thousands of AU students in his Introduction to Theatre classes over the years. As Associate Professor in the AU Department of Theatre he teaches stage, film and voice acting. He received his MFA in Acting from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and his BA in Communication Studies / Film from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has also taught at the ASF Academy and has worked as a voice-over actor for the past thirty years. His clients include the U.S. Army, Hardee’s Corporation, Cengage Learning and Caterpillar Tractor. His research/creative work focuses on the integration of classical and non-traditional approaches to the performance of Shakespeare, and the collection, adaptation, and performance of oral histories as they relate to social justice and human rights. His play, The Synaptic Gap, was created from over 50 hours of interviews on bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia.

Meredith Walkup

Meredith Walkup

Academic Advisor


Meredith serves as the Academic Advisor for Interdisciplinary Studies. Prior to returning to Auburn in 2016, she served as the Coordinator of Student Organizations and Leader Development at Baylor University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies in 2010 from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from Auburn University in 2012. She has a passion for helping students find their place on campus, both in an academic and co-curricular setting.

Nicole Washington

Business Manager


Nicole joined the department in 2017 as Coordinator II, for Business/Admin Services of University College. Prior to joining the department, she worked for Auburn University at Montgomery for 12 years.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Resource and Technology Management in 2012 from Troy University at Montgomery and is a 2018 candidate for a Master of Science in Leadership and Management from Amridge University.  She is married to Kenneth and together they have 3 children.

Anna Weinstein

Anna Weinstein

IDSC Faculty


Anna Weinstein teaches the foundations, advanced, and capstone courses in the IDSC program, and she has been teaching in Auburn University’s School of Communication and Journalism since 2014. She worked full-time in corporate education for more than a decade, developing K-12 curriculum for McGraw-Hill and adult e-learning courses and certification programs for Cengage Learning. Anna’s research focuses on the business of the performing arts and women in film and television. She interviews acclaimed female directors for Film International, and she is series editor of the PERFORM: Succeeding as a Creative Professional book series (Routledge). Anna received her MFA in Writing for the Performing Arts from UC-Riverside and her BA in Communication Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is excited about the projects that result from interdisciplinary research and collaboration, and she is honored to work with IDSC students as they develop and integrate their disciplinary perspectives and insights. 

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Julia Wiard

IDSC Faculty


Julia Wiard teaches the Interdisciplinary Internship course, as well as Foundations of Leadership for the Interdisciplinary Leadership Minor. She has been a part of the IDSC program since 2011 and has worked with both academic and co-curricular leadership development over the past 13 years. She has worked with various student organizations and departments to provide leadership and professional development while at Auburn University, including the Office of Greek Life, the Office of Risk Management and Safety, Auburn Global, and Auburn Athletics. She received a BS in Educational Psychology from Mississippi State University and her MS in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Central Arkansas. Julia lives in Auburn with her husband Nick and their two daughters, Hayden and Avery.