• About

    Joshua J. Kurz

    I am an educator with 18 years of experience as an administrator and faculty member.


    I have dedicated my professional career to collaborating with students to develop a self-authored identity, build a diverse campus community welcoming to all, foster student engagement, and strive towards social justice.


    I earned a PhD in Comparative Studies from Ohio State University in 2014. From 2006 to 2008 I completed my Master of Science in College Student Personnel at Miami University in Oxford, OH, with concentrations in Student Cultures and Student Development Theory.


    In my free time I enjoy photography, mountain biking, hiking, and lifting weights at the gym. I'm also a compulsive collector (and user) of stationery.


    Leadership Development

    Student Mentoring & Advising

    Curriculum Development


    Group Facilitation


    Project Management

  • History

    Assistant Director, Community-Engaged Leadership

    2021 - present

    As an Assistant Director in the Office of Community-Engaged Leadership at Appalachian State University, my primary duty is to create and facilitate leadership development opportunities for students. I focus on 1st and 2nd year students in three programs: an extended orientation program for incoming 1st years called the Trailhead Experience, a 1st year Residential Learning Community called Leadership in Action, and the 1st and 2nd year students in the Plemmons Scholars program. As part of this role, I also teach courses as an adjunct professor in the Leadership Studies minor.

    Deputy Academic Convener of Global Studies, NUS

    2020 - 2021

    As Deputy Convener I am responsible for much of the day-to-day administration of the Global Studies major at NUS. My duties include curriculum development, managing student requests/appeals, staff meeting facilitation, and documenting program activities for the university administration. I have also advised more than 200 students' study plans.

    Lecturer in Sociology and Global Studies, NUS

    2016 - 2021

    My primary duty is to research, write, and deliver in-person and online university courses on globalization, visual culture, popular culture, and other topics. I also manage teaching assistants, advise students, and supervise student research. Finally, I act as liaison to the NUS career center, work with Global Studies alumni, and serve as the Global Studies Honors Coordinator.

    Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Studies, NUS

    2014 - 2016

    As a postdoc, I taught courses on a variety of topics about globalization, conducted research, and published scholarly articles.

    Adjunct Instructor, CCAD


    As an adjunct instructor at CCAD, I taught a section of Introduction to Philosophy to approximately 25 students. Using a common textbook across sections, I designed my section's syllabus, weekly discussion topics, seminar agenda, and assignments.

    Graduate Teaching Associate, OSU

    2011 - 2014

    As a GTA, I taught a variety of courses for the Department of Comparative Studies, including cultural studies seminars, undergraduate writing classes, and an introductory class on globalization. Courses were capped at 25 students per term. I was solely responsible for selecting texts, designing the syllabus and assignments, and all grading.

    GESO Lead Organizer

    2010 - 2011

    As Lead Organizer of the Graduate Employees’ Student Organization, I advocated for improved working conditions for graduate employees at Ohio State University. My duties included outreaching to graduate employees across the university, organizing events, lobbying state government, and managing organization resources. From 2008 to 2010 I was an active volunteer member of GESO.

    Graduate Teaching Associate, OSU

    2008 - 2010

    As a GTA in the Department of Educational Leadership, I taught one section of “School and Society” to approximately 25 students per quarter/semester. I was solely responsible for selecting texts, designing the syllabus and assignments, and all grading. Discussion format was rooted in principles of democratic inquiry, and assessments often provided students to choose among multiple formats, such as traditional essays or creating art/music, to demonstrate their knowledge of the course.

    Camp Counselor & Property Manager


    Between my MSc and PhD, I worked as a Camp Counselor and Property Manager for the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore (NJ). I supervised the boys’ unit at Camp Sacajawea Day Camp as a counselor, and on weekends I provided on-site management of the property for private groups and events. I also provided instruction in archery and boating to campers.

    Graduate Assistant, MU Women’s Center

    2006 - 2008

    While completing my MSc in College Student Personnel (a.k.a. Higher Education/Student Affairs), I worked at the Miami University Women’s Center. My primary duties were to supervise the Ambassador Program (9 student staff members), edit/publish the weekly newsletter, and manage special projects. The Ambassadors were peer educators who facilitated discussions about gender-related issues in classrooms across the university, as well as developed programs such as the Clothesline Project and the LunaFest film festival.

    Program Manager, Partner's Project

    2005 - 2006

    As an AmeriCorps Program Manager for the Partner’s Project at Gonzaga University, I recruited, trained, and placed college student volunteers in three Spokane public schools as tutors and classroom assistants. I supervised 3 staff members and grew the program’s volunteers 400% in one year. In addition, I supervised an Alternative Spring Break trip to San Antonio, TX.

    Student Affairs Intern

    2005 - 2006

    As an intern with Gonzaga University Student Affairs, I initiated a project to outreach to men on campus to raise awareness about sexual assault prevention and issues of masculinity and social expectations. This project culminated in a one-day Men's Retreat that brought together students, staff, and faculty to have discussions relating to campus culture, masculinity, and identity. As part of this internship I also advised the student organization Men Against Rape.

    Program Manager, Pipeline Project

    2004 - 2005

    As an AmeriCorps Program Manager for the Pipeline Project at the University of Washington, I recruited, trained, and placed over 600 college student volunteers in over 100 Seattle-area K-12 schools. In addition, I supervised the delivery of the Literacy Through Photography curriculum at Jefferson Middle School, and an Alternative Spring Break trip to the Makah Indian Reservation at Neah Bay, WA.

  • Teaching

    My teaching has been concentrated in a few thematic areas.


    • Principles of Leadership, Appalachian State
    • Leadership in Action, Appalachian State
    • Leadership in Action Experience, Appalachian State (Service-Learning)

    Visual Culture

    • Doing Global Visual Culture, NUS
    • Globalization and the Imagination of Work, NUS

    Cultural Studies & Theory

    • Sociology of Popular Culture, NUS
    • Theory and Practice of Cultural Studies, NUS
    • Postcolonial Globalizations, NUS
    • Introduction to Comparative Cultural Studies, OSU
    • American Identity in the World, OSU
    • School and Society, OSU


    • Globalization, Culture, and Identity, NUS
    • Global Issues, NUS
    • Understanding Globalization, NUS
    • Global Governance, NUS
    • Sociology of Migration, NUS
    • Global Cultures, OSU


    • Introduction to Philosophy, CCAD
    • Teaching & Technology Lab, OSU
    • Honors Seminar, MU
    • Pipeline Seminar, UW
    • Literacy Through Photography, UW/Jefferson Middle School (Seattle)
  • Press

    Interviewed as an expert in cultures/subcultures and pop culture.

    About the men who have worked at the Miami University Women's Center. I was the first, in 2006.

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