Pacer Profile: Dr. Jennifer Blush

Jan 15, 2024

Dr. Jennifer Blush: Unraveling Minds and Nurturing Curiosity

Within the academic tapestry of William Peace University (WPU), Dr. Jennifer Blush stands as a vivacious figure, blending her profound interest in psychology with an unwavering commitment to enriching the minds of her students. As an Assistant Professor of Psychology, Dr. Blush brings an infectious enthusiasm to her teaching, infusing the study of the mind with a vibrant zest for life that extends far beyond the confines of the lecture hall.

From Small-Town Charms to Academic Pursuits

Originating from a cozy town in southern Illinois, Dr. Blush’s academic journey meandered from the simplicity of her hometown to the dynamic landscapes of Texas. It was in the Lone Star State where she completed her education but also embarked on a delightful journey of matrimony and canine companionship, adopting two furry friends along the way.

A Feast for the Mind

Dr. Blush’s academic trajectory began with a captivating blend of psychology and German during her undergraduate years at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. A single psychology class ignited a passion that propelled her into the realms of cognitive psychology, eventually leading to a master’s program at Illinois State University.

While her honors thesis during undergrad explored the captivating concept of mind wandering, it was the allure of bilingual research that captivated her intellectual pursuits. Recognizing the scarcity of bilingual subjects in Illinois, Dr. Blush set her sights on El Paso, Texas, where she continued to unravel the intricacies of the mind, particularly within the context of reading.

A Passion for Teaching and Connection

For Dr. Blush, academia isn’t merely a realm of research; it’s a vibrant stage for teaching and connecting with students. Driven by a lifelong desire to teach, she chose psychology as her medium. Her teaching philosophy centers on creating a student-centric experience, encouraging questions, and making learning accessible, fun, and relevant.

WPU: A Fitting Stage

WPU emerged as the perfect platform for Dr. Blush’s academic pursuits. Drawn to its emphasis on teaching and the chance to mold young minds, she found herself in a smaller, more intimate setting that resonated with her passion for education. The lively atmosphere of Raleigh added an extra layer of appeal to her academic journey.

Symbiotic Harmony: Research and Teaching

The research endeavors of Dr. Blush seamlessly intertwine with her teaching philosophy. Mentoring students is at the heart her research, involving students at every step of the process. She has developed two lines of research since her start at WPU in 2019. One of those projects blossomed from a casual student’s comment in class. For Dr. Blush research always involves teaching, but sometimes teaching can inspire research, which nicely highlights the symbiotic relationship between the two.

Graceful Navigation Through Challenges

Despite facing challenges, including the abrupt transition to fully online instruction during the pandemic, Dr. Blush considers making it through that tumultuous period a noteworthy achievement. Her resilience is evident in her adaptation to full-time teaching and her eagerness to embrace online learning as an opportunity for personal and professional growth.

Guidance for Aspiring Psychologists

For students aspiring to enter the field of psychology, Dr. Blush advocates for a diverse range of experiences. She emphasizes the importance of engaging in research with faculty, seeking psych-focused internships, and immersing oneself in a variety of psychology classes. With a flexible curriculum at WPU, she encourages students to explore the multifaceted world of psychology and discover their own niche.

In the captivating narrative of Dr. Jennifer Blush, the complexities of the mind are not just academic subjects but threads intricately woven into the fabric of a life enriched by curiosity, resilience, and an unyielding zest for exploration.

Give Courageously to Peace

Thanks to the generosity of William Peace University supporters, current and future WPU students have access to the resources needed to learn through immersive experiences, build upon their courage and develop the confidence needed to turn passion into purpose.
Roses float in the campus fountain after an alumni event.
a student uses a laptop on a green bench at William Peace University

Give Now

Support future Pacer success. 

 

Become a Corporate Partner

Find out how your organization can collaborate with Peace.

Visitors

Whether you’re hoping to attend WPU or hosting an event, you’re welcome to visit WPU! 

Wedding at WPU
Phantom in downtown Raleigh

Conferences and Events

Host your conference, event, or wedding at WPU.

Location and Directions

Get directions, our address, a campus map, and hotel discount information.

Counselors

Learn about WPU and all it has to offer so you can guide your students to the best fit for their next step. 

Admissions Info

Meet and connect with our Admissions team.

Schedule a Visit

Learn about our processes and schedule a visit.

Alumni

Our success as an institution has always been rooted in the strength of our community. As an integral part of that community, we invite alumni to stay informed and connected. 

Alumni outside at WPU
Roses float in the campus fountain after an alumni event.
Building at WPU

Get Involved

Stay connected to Peace.

Donate

Contribute to the success of future Pacers.

General Info

Read about alumni benefits.

Parents

Families are an integral part of a student’s path to WPU. Find answers to your questions here. 

Commencement
Two WPU students work together on a project during class

Student Success: Why Choose WPU?

Learn about the value of an education at WPU.

Billing and Due Dates

Questions about your student’s enrollment or billing? Start here.

Current Students

Already a Pacer? Here’s your quick path to information, links, and other useful stuff.

Group of students talking
Students high-fiving each other

Current Students

Missing something? Can’t find a link? Start here.

Current Parents and Families

Is your student a Pacer? Here’s where to get information and contacts.

Future Students

Welcome to William Peace University! We offer programs for both traditional undergraduate students and online/hybrid classes through our School of Professional Studies. Find your path to WPU here.

Three WPU students walk through a brick archway on campus.
Three students discuss their work during class.
Older gentleman at a computer

First Time in College

Your WPU education will help you build practical skills for your future.

Transfer Students

Transfer up to 90 credit hours from any institution. 

Working Professionals

Enhance your existing career.

A WPU student works on a video game in the new esports and gaming lab on campus.
Woman in army green typing at computer
Two female international students

Readmission

If you previously attended WPU and are ready to return, start here. 

Veteran/Military

Learn more about how to apply the GI bill.

International Students

Find out how to attend WPU.

About

WPU has a long history as one of the city’s oldest universities. Find out more about our institution in the heart of downtown Raleigh. 

2023 Student Showcase
Staff Pumpkin Painting

History

Through 160 years, William Peace University has evolved to meet the changing needs of the students we serve.

Leadership

William Peace University is a small, private institution located in downtown Raleigh, NC.

Work at WPU

Join our team and see why William Peace University was voted one of the Triangle’s Best Places to Work!

DEI Staff
Design Rendering of WPU

Contact Us

Contact the University

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Learn about DEI at WPU.

Mission, Vision, and Values

Learn about WPU core tenets. 

Student Life

Whether you want to know more about on-campus events or see our residence halls, get a sense of what life is like as a student at WPU.

WPU Student on bouncy slide
A WPU student sits with his friends while eating at Belk dining hall.
WPU Safety Officer

Clubs, Activities and Events

Discover what’s fun at WPU.

Housing & Dining

When people say that WPU “feels like home,” we think that’s the ultimate compliment.

Safety & Security

The Office of Public Safety is committed to providing a community-friendly approach to enhancing campus safety for students, faculty and staff.

Dining room at Peace
A WPU student sits with his friends while eating at Belk dining hall.
Health and wellness at WPU

Athletics

Cheer on your Pacers at their next home game.

Student Support Services

Find out how the WPU team supports the whole you.

Health and Wellness

Learn about physical and mental health services available to students.

Academics

WPU offers a mix of more than 30 degree programs and additional minors. Our courses are four credit hours each, and every course features immersive learning experiences.

A student in WPU's online School of Professional Studies works on her homework.
2023 Internship Showcase

Immersive Learning

Find out about WPU’s unique approach to learning.

Center for Student Success

Peer tutoring, a first-year success program, and an internship program are just part of why Pacers succeed. 

Admissions

Start here to find out how to apply, visit, and learn more about WPU.

Before you apply:

Admissions team
students walking on campus
A student reviews scholarship and payment information in the financial aid office.

Connect with an Admission Couneslor

They’ll be your guide through the process.

Visit Campus

Get a feel for campus life.

Understand Costs

Find out about Financial aid and other options to pay for college.