Clifford Blizard, PhD
Dr. Clifford Blizard is lead science faculty for SCI 207, Our Dependence upon the Environment, in the Department of Humanities and Sciences in the Division of General Education at Ashford University. He holds a doctorate in Environmental Science from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, a Master’s degree in Geology from Colorado State University, a Master’s Degree in Education in Instructional Design and Technology from Kaplan University, a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Carleton College, and an Elementary I Montessori teaching certification from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies. He is a member of the North American Association for Environmental Education. Dr. Blizard has been an educator for over two decades, working with students from age 3 through PhD. His experience in the environmental field includes serving on the board of Community Science Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization supporting volunteer water monitoring projects in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, as well as serving as board member and chair of the Town of Ithaca Conservation Board, an advisory group on environmental issues to the Town of Ithaca Board. He has taught courses in earth science, environmental science, and sustainability at a number of online universities. His research interests include exploring ways to promote transformative learning experiences in the online classroom, as well as sense of place education in the online environment. Dr. Blizard joined Ashford as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts in 2013, and was appointed to the lead faculty position in 2016. He continues to appreciate Ashford’s commitment to innovation in online education and emphasis on providing students with a firm foundation in general education as a component of their degree program. He is an enthusiastic lifelong learner, who shares the love of discovering new things with his students. Dr. Blizard lives just outside the Atlanta metro region of Georgia with his wife and an assortment of animals, including frogs and chameleons. His other interests include hiking, reading, and playing the Native American flute.
Dr. Blizard’s yearlong nature photography project can be viewed at http://commonplacenature.org.