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 educational association whose vision is to advance the scholarship and practice of teaching and learning in higher education around the world. Dr. Blessinger is also an adjunct instructor in the School of Education at St. John’s University where he teaches a graduate level course in global studies in higher education. 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 has earned degrees from Auburn University and the Georgia Institute of Technology in management and he earned a doctorate in education from St. John’s University in New York City. Dr. Blessinger has received several educational awards, including: Fulbright Senior Scholar to Denmark and Governor’s Teaching Fellow for the State of Georgia, USA.
Since founding HETL, Dr. Blessinger has become widely known for his academic innovations, international outreach, and learning community development. His theories, models, and concepts have influenced the way educators think about teaching and 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 education media outlets such as The Guardian and The Chronicle.
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 series, Academic Learning Communities series, 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 effective 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.