Dr. Blosser joined HPU’s Department of Leadership Studies in 2016. She holds a Ph.D. in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies from Loyola University Chicago, where she graduated with distinction. Her dissertation titled, “Here there is no Gentile or Jew: Doing Diversity in a Conservative Christian School,” earned her the Dissertation of the Year award at Loyola. She also holds an MA from Michigan State University, a BA from Texas Christian University, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Prior to beginning her doctoral program, Dr. Blosser taught high school English and was a college counselor at several private schools in the South. She also volunteered as a college counselor for Upward Bound, a federally funded program that prepares first-generation and low-income students for college. It was witnessing the disparities in access to educational opportunities between the students she taught and counseled in private school and the students she worked with through Upward Bound that inspired her to study educational policy and school reform.
Dr. Blosser’s research focuses on diversity policies and practices in schools, educator professionalization and advocacy, school choice, as well as culturally responsive teaching. She is the author of the book, Faith, Diversity, and Education: An Ethnography of a Conservative Christian School, which is part of Routledge’s Research in Religion and Education series. Dr. Blosser has also published on the need for globally-minded educators and argued for the inclusion of comparative and international education in teacher education programs. She recently co-edited a book as part of the Oxford Studies in Comparative Education series titled, Teaching Comparative Education: Trends and Issues Informing Practice, and was a founding member and co-chair of the Teaching Comparative Education SIG for the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). She regularly presents her research at national and international conferences such as CIES and AERA (American Educational Research Association).
Dr. Blosser believes in developing educators into advocates and change agents. She is passionate about justice, educational equity, and inclusivity and loves working with educators to help them achieve those ends in their schools and classrooms.