Dr. Patrick W. Blessinger is the Founder, Principal Researcher, and Executive Director 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 an adjunct instructor in the School of Education at St. John’s University where he teaches a graduate level course in global studies and distance education 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.
Previously, Dr. Blessinger held positions in academia and business: Program Manager and Senior Lecturer at Niels Brock College in Copenhagen, Denmark and Senior Analyst for MCI Communications and Hitachi Telecom in Atlanta, among others. Dr. Blessinger has degrees from Auburn University and the Georgia Institute of Technology and a doctorate in education from St. John’s University in New York City. He 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 in 2010, 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 and a pioneer in the use of internet-based professional social networking platforms to develop global online communities of practice for academic professional development. He 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 like The Guardian.
Dr. Blessinger is a regular keynote speaker 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. His forthcoming books include, University Partnerships series, Emerging Directions in Doctoral Education series, Academic Learning Communities series, Open Education, Inclusive Leadership, and Creative Learning. Dr. Blessinger is the editor-in-chief of two international academic journals 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.