Robert G. Culp Jr. Director of Service Learning
Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy
Office: David Hayworth Hall, Room 200B
Joe joined the High Point University faculty in 2011, and he serves as both the Robert G. Culp Jr. Director of Service Learning and a tenure-track faculty member in the Religion and Philosophy Department. He specializes in the ethical implications of Christian theological positions and liberal economic theory, and he has presented his work at conferences like the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics, the History of Economics Society, the Southwest Social Science Association, and the Comparative and International Education Society. His most recent chapter, “Christian Freedom in Political Economy,” appeared in the Routledge Press book Adam Smith as Theologian. He also recently published the articles “Beyond Moral Development: Re-Theorizing Ethical Practices in Service Learning” in The Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory 12.2 (Fall 2012): 196-214 and “Can God or the Market Set People Free?: Libertarian, Egalitarian, and Ethical Freedom,” Journal of Religious Ethics, 41.2 (June 2013): 233-53. Three additional articles are forthcoming: “Opportunities after Babel: Forming Christian Personality Through Faith at Work” in the International Journal of Practical Theology, “Natural Law Economics: Reading a Theological Economics,” symposium proceedings from the History of Economics Society meeting, in the Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology, and “Learning with Meno in the Service-Learning Classroom: A Socratic Drama of Progressive Education” in the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning.
Joe’s future work will continue to explore Christian and modern economic approaches to ethical issues like poverty, moral decision-making, and business ethics. He is especially interested in service learning pedagogies that connect his theoretical concerns to the practical needs of the community.
As the Robert G. Culp Jr. Director of Service Learning, Dr. Blosser helps faculty develop courses that teach moral thinking and civic responsibility through community engagement. He furthers HPU’s commitment to experiential and interdisciplinary education by weaving students into the High Point community where they can learn moral thinking and develop moral character by imitating and critically engaging the models set by our many civic leaders.
Dr. Blosser is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Texas Christian University with a B.S. in Economics and Religion. He graduated from Vanderbilt Divinity School with an M.Div. and is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He received his Ph.D. in Religious Ethics from the University of Chicago. Dr. Blosser taught at DePaul University for three years before coming to HPU.