Rev. Dr. Joe Blosser | email@example.com
Robert G. Culp Jr. Director of Service Learning
Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy
208 David Hayworth Hall
Ph.D. University of Chicago (2011): Religious Ethics
M.Div Vanderbilt University (2005): Theology, Preaching, and Ethics
B.S. Texas Christian University (2002): Religion and Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude
Areas of Specialization:
Faith and Business Ethics
Philosophy of Education and Engaged Pedagogies
Theology and Economics
Ethics of Adam Smith and the Chicago School of Economics
Philosophy and Ethics of Education
Religion in America
Faith and Politics
What is Religion: Methods in the Study of Religion
Foundations of Christian Ethics
Contemporary Christian Theology
As an undergraduate I couldn’t get enough of the crazy connections between religion and the business world: the way churches functioned like businesses and the way business became a kind of religion to people. I am convinced that everyone needs to learn his or her own religious tradition and be competent in other people’s religions if we are to work well together in our ever more global business environment.
My dissertation, “Ethics Before God and Markets,” explores the priority of thinking about the ethical implications of our work and our faith. I have also published articles, like “Can God or the Market Set People Free?” in the Journal of Religious Ethics and “Natural Law Economics: Reading a Theological Economics” in Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, that take up the different approaches scholars have fashioned to the intersections of faith and economics. I have another article under review that develops a theology of work to aid Christians struggling to keep their faith in a corporate environment.
I believe part of effective research is the ability to communicate it to others and teach it vibrantly in the classroom, so I also focus a lot of my time researching engaged pedagogies and working with faculty to create service learning courses (check out http://www.highpoint.edu/servicelearning). By doing relevant service work as part of their classes, faculty help students engage the material they are trying to learn first hand. I have a forthcoming article, “Teaching Oneself as Another,” in the Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory and another article that uses Plato’s Meno as a model for service learning due out soon. I was also awarded HPU’s most prestigious faculty grant, the Thing BIG Award, in 2011 to carry out the HPU Democracy USA Project (http://www.highpoint.edu/democracyusa).
I joined the HPU faculty in 2011 and am so excited to be on a campus that brings education to life.