I interviewed Dr. Rebecca Busanich, who is a full-time professor within the Health and Human Performance Department here at Plymouth State University. I chose to Interview Dr. Busanich because she has been a crucial part of my path to Interdisciplinary Studies. When I came to her with a lot of ideas of what I was passionate about, but nothing solid to work with, she was able listen to what I was saying, and put meaning and different pathways to my passions. She introduced me to the field of Occupational Therapy, which is what I plan to study from here on out, and has been a knowledgeable resource while I have been exploring my options for this field.
Dr. Busanich is a prime example of how interdisciplinary studies can translate into a fulfilling career and gaining new perspectives. She stated that “Interdisciplinary is the future of education and professional development.” Though her research and academia she uses her interdisciplinary knowledge to maximize learning outcomes, solve problems in new innovative ways, and to add different perspectives to existing and new research.
We discussed the courses Dr. Busanich taught, and some examples of the research she has done and is currently doing. She elaborated on how all her classes are somewhat interdisciplinary because she brings in different perspectives to teach an overall theme. One example of a class where she takes advantage of her interdisciplinary knowledge is Applied Nutrition. An areas Dr. Busanich is currently doing research in is how people construct meaning about their health behaviors and their bodies, she also uses her interdisciplinary knowledge when talking about her research. She stated that “The more minds you have, the more perspectives you have, the better the work will be”, which in turn will result in cross collaboration which benefits the field as a whole. She never does research alone because she believes that one cannot solve problems with just one perspective. Interdisciplinary emphasize we instead of just the I, which is another idea that Dr. Busanich showcases by allowing different viewpoints and ideas to influence her work.
Being a Interdisciplinary studies student, it is inspiring to hear a successful scholar tell her story and why she is passionate about interdisciplinary studies. It is inspiring to hear that I am a part of an evolving form of education that a scholar I look up to describes as being the way of the future, and allows students like me to have a more meaningful educational experience. It is exciting to hear these things most of all because I can truly relate to them and feel linked to everything Dr. Busanich was communicating with me through our interview, after just a short time of being involved with interdisciplinary studies. Dr. Busanich stated “I think it allows students to feel in control of their education”, which is a statement that I connected with and feel is extremely true.
After conducting this interview and reflecting on what Dr. Busanich shared with me, I feel that it was beneficial to hear everything she had to say about her path to interdisciplinary studies and all of the factors involved, so that I may apply her experiences in the future. She speaks about interdisciplinary as a strength and something that one can bring to the table. Knowing the importance and benefits of interdependence, emphasizing the we in education and not just the I.