W. Daniel Blair, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of American Sign Language
Director, Center for Deaf Studies

Office Phone: (951) 343-4762
E-mail: dblair@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: W.E. James Building, Room 284
Office Hours: MON: 2–4 p.m. by appt.; TUES/THURS: By appt.; WED/FRI: 10 a.m.–noon, 2–4 p.m. by appt.

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Educational Research University of Alabama 2006
M.Div. Theology/Ministry Beeson Divinity School, Samford University 1995
B.G.S. General Studies Samford University 1992
  • Courses Taught

    * Theological Perspectives on Disability in Appalachia (Travel Seminar)
    * Supervised Experience in Ministry
    * Deaf Ministry
    * American Sign Language
    * Spiritual Foundations
    * Christian Leadership
    * Women's Ministry Studies
    * New Testament Survey I and II
    * Theology II - Person and Work of Christ
    * Inspiration and Authority of the Bible
    * Hermeneutics

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    * Biblical/Theological Studies
    * Deaf Studies
    * Disability Studies
    * Educational Research, Leadership and Administration
    * Qualitative Research and Analysis

  • Teaching Experience

    * Assistant Professor of American Sign Language and Director, Center for Deaf Studies, California Baptist University, 2006 to present
    * Visiting Instructor (2000–2003), Director of Admissions and Recruitment, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, 1996–2001
    * Assistant Professor of Leadership & Administration, VP for Enrollment and Academic Services, Criswell College, Dallas, Texas, 2001–2004
    * Founding Director of Harvest Institute for Biblical Studies, Knoxville, Tennessee, 2004–2006

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Blair, W. D. (2006) Transforming attitudes in theological education about disability. Ph.D. Dissertation. University of Alabama.

    Anderson, R. C., and Blair, W. D. (2003). Survey of theological education and people with disabilities. Birmingham, Alabama: The Center for Religion and Disability Inc.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Harvest Christian Fellowship:

    * Deaf Ministry
    * Supply preacher, worship leader

  • Community Service & Involvement

    * Deaf Christian Fellowship
    * Mayor's Model Deaf Community Committee
    * Advocate for people with disabilities
    * Leaders Empowering Advocacy for the Deaf (L.E.A.D.)
    * Hector Project (supporting deaf immigrants)
    * Interpreter for the deaf

  • Interests & Hobbies

    Wife: Angela McAdams Blair (Anniversary: 1/31/1991)
    Children: Kathryn, Matthew, Jonathan, Krista
    Sister: Frances Blair, Ashland, Kentucky

    Interests/hobbies: Piano, guitar, singing, songwriting, drawing, photography, basketball, fitness, swimming, hiking, travel

  • Personal Philosophy

    "I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some." 1 Corinthians 9:22, NIV

    Philosophy of Education:
    "...Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others." 2 Timothy 2:2, NIV