October 18, 2017
Writer: Alex Brown

Tahari Julander joins the Interdisciplinary Studies team as Associate Dean, bringing his experience in developing new and innovative courses and programs.

Previously, Brother Julander led a team that created the Design Thinking program, which teaches students the principles and mindsets of the design thinking process -- "a human-centered approach to innovation."

After the success of the design thinking program, Brother Julander led a team of 10 faculty members from multiple campus departments to develop a Foundations of Science course, FDSCI212: Inquiry & Innovation through Design Thinking.

Brother Julander's skills in course and program development will help the Interdisciplinary Studies administration facilitate the creation of new interdisciplinary opportunities for students.Danae Romrell, Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies, said "Brother Julander is very good at having a vision for what programs can become. We are excited to have him working on our team."

As part of his responsibilities in Design Thinking, Brother Julander is currently developing a new course, Project Management, which teaches students how to organize and manage both local and remote teams in the product development cycle.

Brother Julander was an interior designer with BYU-Idaho for two years prior to becoming faculty in 2004.

Brother Julander replaces Scott Ferguson, former Associate Dean, who accepted a visiting faculty position at a university in Shanghai, China.