PhD Historical Musicology, University of Pittsburgh
MA Historical Musicology, University of Pittsburgh
MM Performance, Northwestern University
Blase Scarnati is Professor of Musicology and the former Director of First Year and Global Learning at Northern Arizona University. He also served as the founding Director of the First Year Seminar-Action Research Team Program at NAU, which became the largest civic agency and community engagement program in the nation and was featured at The White House at the invitation of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in 2012. He has published articles in the Huffington Post, Association of American Colleges and Universities Diversity & Democracy, Higher Education Exchange, the Kettering Foundation Working Paper Series, Academic Leader, and Teacher-Scholar: The Journal of the State Comprehensive University; and chapters in Democracy’s Education: Public Work, Citizenship, and the Future of Higher Education (Vanderbilt University Press, 2015), Civic Studies (Bringing Theory to Practice/Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2014), Walking the Line: Country Music Lyricists and American Culture (Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2013), and A Process Approach to General Education Reform: Transforming Institutional Culture in Higher Education (Atwood Publishing, 2010). He has presented at national conferences of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Society for American Music, International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Association of American Colleges and Universities, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Lilly Conference on College & University Teaching, and EDUCAUSE. He and political theorist Romand Coles (Australian Catholic University) are currently co-authoring a book entitled Democratic and Ecological Pedagogy, Action Research, and Institutional Change in Higher Education.