The Service Learning Program consists of courses taught by the best High Point University faculty – faculty have to compete for the opportunity and are specially trained to teach in the program.
Thanks to an over $100,000 gift from the Silvershein/Gutenstein Family Foundation, High Point University has been able to train over 55 faculty from every school on campus in Service Learning. What began in 2011 as a program with three faculty has become a campus-wide approach to experiential education.
The full list of our Silvershein/Gutenstein Faculty Fellows includes:
Rev. Joe Blosser, Ph.D
Robert G. Culp Jr. Director of Service Learning
Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy
Office: David Hayworth Hall, Room 208
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 is the founding director of the Service Learning program, the Bonner Leader Program, the AmeriCorps VISTA Program, and the Civic Responsibility and Social Innovation Degree. He also started and coordinates the University’s MLK Day of Service and Service Showcase, and he helps administer the HPU Community Writing Center.
Joe lives in, serves, and loves High Point. He serves on the Board of the High Point Community Foundation and chairs their annual Grants Committee. He also serves on the Board of the YMCA, and he is a founding architect of the Greater High Point Food Alliance, which he now serves as their vice-chair. Joe has served as a Deacon at Emerywood Baptist Church where he and his wife Allie (also an HPU professor) attend with their two children. He is engaged in these and more local causes because he believes in the power of anchor institutions, like High Point University, to partner with their communities to achieve a more just and sustainable future for all.
Joe’s research includes work in democratic engagement and engaged pedagogies. As an ethicist he specializes in how Christian theological and economic theory and engage each other to produce better communities. 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 future work will continue to explore Christian and modern economic approaches to ethical issues like poverty, labor unions, 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
To see HPU’s Profile of Dr. Blosser, click here.
For a full CV, click here.
Prof. Cara Kozma, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Service Learning
Assistant Professor of English
Office: Norcross, Room 203
Cara completed her BA in liberal arts at Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA), her MA in English at Portland State University (Portland, Oregon), and her Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition at Wayne State University (Detroit, MI). Much of her research and teaching includes service learning, critical pedagogy, and globalization studies. Her dissertation, “Thinking Globally, Writing Locally: Re-Visioning Critical and Service Learning Pedagogies with Globalization Theory,” uses ethnographic and teacher-research methods to investigate how integrating globalization theory into a combined critical and service learning pedagogy affects student engagement and student resistance. She examines the scholarly debates on critical and service learning pedagogies and works to address the critiques that have arisen within the field. Scholars have clearly and effectively discussed the contradictions and limitations of these pedagogical approaches, but only a few have begun describing what alternative approaches might look like in practice. Therefore, my project is working to fill a gap in contemporary composition scholarship and will offer a significant contribution to composition studies.
Within her service learning courses, students either participate in a community literacy project working with elementary school students at Maybury Elementary School in Southwest Detroit, or with various projects at a local non-profit, Latino Family Services. For the past two semesters, she has asked students to design final projects in conjunction with their organization that serve a specific purpose or fulfill a need. The students have pursued a wide array of projects: developing a journal for the Hispanic community discussing local and national social and political issues; creating a documentary video with a group of Latino high school students; developing pamphlets with articles concerning health issues such as asthma and type two diabetes and detailing the places where people can go for low-cost health services; designing and implementing a book project with elementary school students detailing how to write a strong essay for the state Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) exam; and creating a summer literacy program with reading and writing activities for children at home while they are out of school. Some of her students’ projects have been printed and distributed within the community, and others are electronically available on the Internet.
|Dr. Joe Blosser, Chair||Ex-Officio|
|Dr. Cara Kozma, Asst Chair|
|Minister to the University (Rev. Preston Davis)|
|Ms. Ashlyn Bruning||Students (Jen Swiger; Emalie Ashe)|
|Dr. Leslie Cavendish||Representative from Freshman Success (Ms. April Atchley)|
|Dr. Martin DeWitt||Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (Dr. Carole Stoneking)|
|Ms. Kathy Elliott||Vice President of Research and Planning (Dr. Jeff Adams)|
|Dr. Scott MacLeod|
|Dr. Paul Ringel|
If you are interested in working with the SL Program, please contact Joe Blosser at email@example.com.