Patrick Blessinger is the founder and executive director of the Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association and co-founder of the Institute for Meaning-Centered Education. His scholarly contributions are in the areas of educational philosophy, learning theory, meaning and inquiry, felicitology and creativity, and instructional design. During his academic career, he has taught over 170 college and university courses and has managed academic programs at colleges and universities in the US and EU. He has co-edited and co-authored seven textbooks on learning-centered teaching using innovative technologies, one textbook on meaningful education and learning, and the editor of two academic journals.