Rev. Prof. Michael C. Kirwen, M.M., the founder of the MIAS program and a professor of interdisciplinary studies, is the Director, Dean of studies and Associate Dean of Saint Mary's University, Minnesota. He holds a Ph.D. in theology in the area of special interdisciplinary studies combining theology and anthropology from the University of Saint Michael's College, Toronto. He teaches courses in Contextual Theology, Cross-civilizational Ministry, African Religion and Cultures, and Field Research Methodology. As a Maryknoll Missioner, he has been a resident of East Africa since 1963 combining pastoral work among the Luo people with writing, field research, and teaching.