Rev. Joe Blosser, Ph.D
Robert G. Culp Jr. Director of Service Learning
Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy
Director of the Bonner Leader Program
Director of the HPU AmeriCorps VISTA Program
Coordinator of the Civic Engagement and Social Innovation Degree
Office: David Hayworth Hall, Room 208
Dr. Blosser joined the High Point University faculty in 2011, and he serves as both the Robert G. Culp Jr. Director of Service Learning and an Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy. 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.
Dr. Blosser lives in, serves, and loves High Point. He serves on the Board of the High Point Community Foundation and has chaired their annual Grants Committee for five years. He is a founding architect of the Greater High Point Food Alliance, which he now serves on as their past-chair. He helped found the High Point Schools Partnership (visit the website at www.schoolsinhighpoint.org) and serves on the Board of the Guilford Educational Alliance. He’s on the Steering Committee for the Guilford County Indicators Project. He also serves on the advisory committees for Open Door Ministry, the Junior League of High Point, North Carolina Campus Compact, and the High Point Community Clinic. He has previously served on the Board of the High Point Jail Ministry, YMCA Association, and was instrumental in setting up the High Point Family Justice Center. Dr. Blosser has served as a Deacon at Emerywood Baptist Church where he and his wife Dr. Allie Blosser (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.
In 2014, Dr. Blosser was named the Civic Engagement Professional of the Year by North Carolina Campus Compact. In 2015, he received the Spirit of Advocacy Award from the High Point United Way for his work in helping to create the Greater High Point Food Alliance. In 2017 he was named the Community Partner of the Year by High Point Communities in Schools. And in 2018, he was awarded the Spirit of High Point University Award for all his work in connecting the city and the university. Dr. Blosser is a frequent lecturer, preacher, Sunday School teacher, and consultant for non-profits and churches that are seeking to develop long-term strategic plans to serve their communities.
Dr. Blosser’s research includes work in democratic engagement and engaged pedagogies. As an ethicist he specializes in how Christian theology and economic theory can 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. He brings this research into the classroom through courses like Business Ethics, Contemporary Christian Theology, Approaches to Religious Studies, Civic Responsibility and Social Innovation, and the Ethics of Education.
His current work explores Christian and economic approaches to ethical issues like poverty and business ethics. He is especially interested in engaged 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. The development of a degree in Civic Responsibility and Social Innovation also helps to further HPU’s commitment to experiential and interdisciplinary education. Through all of these programs, Dr. Blosser works to weave 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 where he worked with Nobel Prize winner Robert Fogel. Dr. Blosser taught at DePaul University for three years before coming to HPU.
To see HPU’s Profile of Dr. Blosser, click here.