Prof. Tanney was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania in 1948 and has also lived in Ohio, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Germany, Texas, and Maine. He is a retired US Army Behavioral Sciences Non-Commissioned Officer and holds several degrees including: a BA in English from Ohio State University, a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, an MA in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling and Psychology from Ashland Theological Seminary (Ashland University), and an MS in Computer Information Systems from Boston University and an MS in Spatial Information Science and Engineering from the University of Maine. His extensive teaching experience includes having taught computer science since 1985 and philosophy since 1997. Mr. Tanney joined UMUC in the spring of 2010 teaching online. He also taught computer science for UMUC-Europe as an adjunct while on active duty between 1985 and 1990. Between 1995 and 1999, he taught computer science and philosophy at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas. Starting in June 2010, he taught for UMUC-Asia for five years in Korea, and has since taught in Okinawa and Kanto area.