The Higher Education Tomorrow (© 2014 - 2015) academic blog is devoted to the systematic research-based analysis of important issues affecting global higher education (including teaching and learning) and its future. Higher education institutions and national systems of higher education no longer operate as stand-alone entities but rather as part of a complex global system of higher education that is undergoing rapid change at all levels. Within this contemporary reality and context, this blog showcases original research at the theory, policy, and practice levels that addresses the most important issues in global higher education. This blog aims to disseminate knowledge about the emerging directions in global higher education and the political, social, and economic impacts of that development on institutions and on the academic profession at large. This blog offers recommendations on how global higher education can be transformed to work for all people by improving policy decision-making and by strengthening democratic societies.
This blog takes academic research findings and other data on global higher education, which is usually written in highly complex academic language (i.e., inaccessible esoteric language) and distills that research into plain language and a cogent writing style so that anyone, inside or outside the academy, can easily make sense and meaning of the emerging trends and developments in global higher education. Thus, this blog serves as a credible source of research-based analysis and innovative ideas for policy makers, educational leaders, educational scholars, and anyone interested in the direction of global higher education, including the public at large. This blog is edited and founded (January 2014) by Dr. Patrick Blessinger at a time of unprecedented growth and transformations in global higher education. This blog is also a venue for educational researchers around the world to showcase the key findings of their research in global higher education.
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Dr. Patrick W. Blessinger is an internationally recognized scholar and leader on the topics of higher education research, policy, leadership, innovation, creativity, student engagement, faculty development, learning communities, and global higher education development. Dr. Blessinger is director and chief research scientist of the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), adjunct associate professor of education at St. John's University (NYC), and an SSN Scholar. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education and series editor of Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning book series (Emerald Publishing). Dr. Blessinger has authored and edited many academic publications.
Brief Bio of Editor
Dr. Patrick W. Blessinger is the founder, executive director, and chief research scientist of the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), a global nonprofit association advancing the scholarship and practice of teaching and learning in global higher education. Dr. Blessinger has served as a program manager and senior lecturer at Niels Brock College in Copenhagen, Denmark, as a senior analyst for MCI Communications and Hitachi Telecom, and in other positions in global education and business. He completed degrees at Auburn University and the Georgia Institute of Technology and a doctorate in education at St. John’s University in New York City, where he is now an adjunct associate professor. He is an SSN Scholar, a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Denmark and a Governor’s Teaching Fellow for the State of Georgia, USA. Dr. Blessinger is editor-in-chief of two international academic journals and two international book series on teaching and learning. His latest books are, Democratizing Higher Education: International Comparative Perspectives (co-edited with John P. Anchan, Routledge, 2015) and Inquiry-based Learning for Faculty and Institutional Development (co-edited with John M. Carfora, Emerald Publishing, 2015).
Full Bio of Editor
Dr. Patrick W. Blessinger is the founder, executive director, and chief research scientist of the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), a global nonprofit association advancing the scholarship and practice of teaching and learning in global higher education. Dr. Blessinger is an SSN Scholar and an adjunct associate professor of education at St. John's University (NYC). Dr. Blessinger is an adviser to leaders in education, business, and the non-profit sectors on a wide range of issues and topics affecting higher education. He resides in New York City with his wife and two cats.
During his academic career, Dr. Blessinger has taught over one hundred undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of leadership, management, education, and research methods, and he has held leadership positions in academia and business, including: program manager and senior lecturer at Niels Brock College in Copenhagen, Denmark, and senior analyst for MCI Communications and Hitachi Telecom in Atlanta, Georgia, among others. Dr. Blessinger earned a bachelor's degree from Auburn University in management and technology, a master's degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in management and economics, and a doctorate in educational leadership and instructional design from St. John’s University (NYC). Dr. Blessinger has received several educational awards, including: Fulbright Senior Scholar to Denmark and Governor’s Teaching Fellow for the State of Georgia, USA.
Dr. Blessinger is known internationally for his academic innovations, international outreach, and learning community development. His theories, models, frameworks, and concepts (e.g., global higher education change model, global higher education engagement model, formal learning cycle, general organizational value model, general research methodology framework, HETL organizational model) have influenced the way educators think about higher education and teaching-learning in the twenty-first century. For example, Dr. Blessinger is an internationally recognized scholar and leader in the democratization of higher education, a pioneer in the use of interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborative research for international educational development, and a pioneer in the application of internet-based professional social networking platforms to develop global online communities of practice for academic professional development. Dr. Blessinger has made significant contributions in educational theory, policy, and practice and he is an expert on the topics of leadership, innovation, teaching, learning, student engagement, faculty development, learning communities, and international education, and their intersections. Dr. Blessinger convenes an annual international conference on different themes related to teaching and learning and he is a contributing writer for various higher education news outlets such as The Guardian, The Chronicle, and University World News as well as scholarly blog sites such as Scholars Strategy Network.
Dr. Blessinger is a regular keynote speaker at international conferences as well as the co-editor and co-author of many scholarly publications, including, Engaging and Retaining Students Using Cutting-Edge Technologies series, Meaning-Centered Education, Inquiry-Based Learning series, and Democratizing Higher Education. A sample of his forthcoming books include, University Partnerships series, Emerging Directions in Doctoral Education, Academic Learning Communities, Open Education, Inclusive Leadership, Creative Learning, and Educational Mobility. Dr. Blessinger is the editor-in-chief of two international academic journals, including the Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, and two international book series on teaching and learning. Dr. Blessinger is a mixed methods researcher with a special interest in leadership, human experience and meaning-making. His vision is to create sustainable and meaningful models of education that work for all by working at the nexus of theory, policy, and practice. Dr. Blessinger can be followed at https://twitter.com/drblessinger and https://www.facebook.com/drblessinger or you may connect with Dr. Blessinger at https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrickblessinger.