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Rod Eason, PhD    
Chair of the Department

Dr. Eason is the Dean of Student Life and a member of the University Executive Council. He is Assistant Professor of Maharishi Vedic Science and Chair of the Department of Development of Consciousness. Dr. Eason earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Maharishi Vedic Science from MUM. He received the Vyasa Award for the most outstanding dissertation where his research connected objective and subjective methods of gaining knowledge, Maharishi Vedic Science and consciousness, and the unified field of physics with pure consciousness. He also explored the nature of time and the influence of impulses of creative intelligence active on different days. Dr. Eason has been a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program for more than 30 years.

“Nothing pleases me more than the opportunity to work with students and help them achieve their goals for a happy, prosperous and successful life. It’s all about living 200% of life and I’m delighted to be part of a University that recognizes the importance of self-development as a complement to academic excellence.”
Paul Handelman, MA, MBA    
Director of the Department

Professor Handelman has worked at the Maharishi University of Management for more than twenty-five years in a variety of roles and departments, including Director of U.S. Admissions and the University’s Controller. He has been in his current position since 2008.
“I enjoy helping students get the maximum benefit from their practice of the Transcendental Meditation program and advising them on their participation in the Development of Consciousness course. It is fulfilling to see the changes in students from the time they first enroll, sometimes as new meditators, to the time they graduate. The increase in brightness and energy and calmness is often remarkable.” 
Kristine Wood, BA    
Director of the Department

Mike Farrer, MA    
Instructor of Maharishi Vedic Science, Director of Student Retreats

Professor Farrer earned his M.A. in Maharishi Vedic Science from MUM. He is a long-time teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program and teaches the Science of Creative Intelligence course to international graduate students in the computer professionals program. Professor Farrer wears more than one hat on campus as he also oversees the Course Evaluations Department responsible for various student assessment programs.

Wendy Sanchez, PhD    
DC Liaison for Asian Students

Dr. Sanchez is Assistant Professor of Management. She earned her Ph.D. in Management from MUM and is the author of several publications and the recipient of multiple awards. Her areas of research interest also include higher states of consciousness and Maharishi Vedic knowledge and the classical literature (Sanskrit). Previously, Dr. Sanchez taught business courses including marketing management, public finance and economics for 20 years at China University of Technology in Taipei, Taiwan. She is also a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program.

“I am enthusiastic about playing a role in the Development of Consciousness Department as a Liaison to connect with all of the Asian students. It is a joy for me to spread Maharishi’s knowledge to all of the people in the world, especially our dear Asian students at MUM.”
Kristiane Noergaard, MA    
Adjunct Instructor of Maharishi Vedic Science

Professor Noergaard holds a bachelors degree in Social Education from Denmark. For many years she was part of an international group of women meditating for world peace. She received her master's degree in Maharishi Vedic Science from MUM and teaches the Science of Creative Intelligence Course to new graduate students.

“I am delighted to be teaching SCI to our new students, especially the ladies in the Computer Science Department. Being Danish, I too have transferred to a new country and culture and it's my joy to contribute to everyone settling in successfully here in their new environment at MUM.

“I find that the homework and class discussions provide excellent practice in speaking and writing English as well as providing a thorough understanding of the fundamental elements of consciousness-based education in both theory and practice. It's beautiful to see everyone blossom from within through their practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique.”


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