Dr. Benjamin Blosser is Benedictine’s Educator of the Year

Friday, May 3, 2019

Dr. Jamie Blosser, Educator of the Year, with President Minnis and Dean Shankman

Atchison, Kan. (April 25, 2019) - Benedictine College has announced that the 2019 Distinguished Educator of the Year is Dr. Benjamin (Jamie) Blosser, professor in the Department of Theology. The award, which is the highest honor a faculty member at the college can receive, has been given for more than 30 years. Benedictine College students, faculty and staff nominated Blosser for the distinction.

“To me, the award means that I’m able to make a meaningful connection with my students,” Blosser said. “It means that I’m not only able to communicate information, but also to communicate something of what it means to have a vocation in my discipline and that’s why it’s valuable to me. My students are able to see that I love the discipline.”

Blosser teaches courses in church history, ecclesiology and New Testament. He received his Ph.D. in Historical Theology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Before teaching at Benedictine College, he worked at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C. His main interest is in the study of the lives, writings and doctrines of the early Christian theologians, in particular Origen and Augustine of Hippo. He has authored two books, Become Like the Angels: Origen's Doctrine of the Soul, and Positively Medieval: The Surprising, Dynamic, Heroic Church of the Middle Ages. He and his wife, Danielle, live in Atchison, Kan., with their eight children. They are expecting their ninth child, and second daughter, later this year.

Blosser received many nominations, which are made anonymously, and is universally considered an engaging professor who teaches with true passion.

“He creates the most vibrant community amongst his students that I have ever experienced here at Benedictine,” said one student nomination. “And he’s incredibly good at what he does.”

“Dr. Blosser is a fantastic teacher, very engaging and knowledgeable,” said another student. “He makes students love what is being taught. He makes class interesting and is helpful in meetings outside of class.”

“It appears that he loves his job, and this motivates students to put extra effort into his courses,” said a third student nomination. “He is an active member of the Benedictine College Community outside the classroom. Dr. Blosser is a living witness to the Catholic Faith and the values of Benedictine College.”

Blosser said he is generally an introverted person, but that changes when he is with students.

“When I get in front of a classroom of students I feel alive in a deep way,” he said. “I feel like that’s where I should be and that’s where I belong.”

He said many students had taken the award to heart and were “pulling for him,” but from his perspective, it was a complete surprise.

“I wasn’t expecting it, I think others are more deserving of it than me,” he said. “But it is gratifying, because obviously I work hard here.”

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report for the past four years as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by the Newman Guide and First Things magazine.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.