Founder and Director, Center of Humanist Inquiries
Daniel Boscaljon has been working on creating educational content for adults for the past five years, emphasizing the skills and questions important for living well. This has included a series of free courses taught locally and put online, a series of workshops and professional consultations for local arts and education groups, and training and development for business and educational groups across the country. Frequently collaborating with other organizations, Daniel also has written much about the relationship of community, arts, and culture. Finally, Daniel has continued to contribute to academic contexts as a scholar, editor, and organizer with an emphasis on secularism, theology, literature, community, and the arts.
Past Work Experience
Daniel spent twenty years teaching students at the university level as an instructor, teaching assistant, teaching mentor, visiting assistant professor, and adjunct professor. During this time, he worked in four different academic departments on six different university and college campuses. Daniel was responsible for creating syllabi, making and grading tests and assignments, and teaching both in the classroom and one-on-one. This allowed Daniel to innovate interdisciplinary approaches to teaching critical reading, writing, thinking, and speaking skills. His approach to teaching students and mentoring peers earned him several awards. Daniel also spent over a decade successfully coaching high school debate at a national level. Finally, as an employee of Kaplan Test Prep, Daniel served as a teaching trainer, tutor, and instructor for the LSAT, GRE, GMAT, SAT and ACT exams.
Writing and Editing (1996-2018)
Daniel has been formally trained in writing pedagogy, serving as a peer mentor as an undergraduate and as a writing tutor and grader at the University of Iowa. Additionally, Daniel has served as an editor for a variety of scholarly publications and is responsible for editing or co-editing four academic volumes. He has also written a monograph and published a number of scholarly articles.
Daniel’s fiction, interviews, reviews, and essays on appreciating the arts have been part of the Iowa City cultural landscape for the past five years
Ph.D. English, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. August 2013.
M.A. English, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. December 2011.
Ph.D. Religious Studies, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. May 2009.
B.A. Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA. May 1998.
(for more specific information, see Daniel’s CV here)
“YOU KNOW THAT TECHNOLOGY THAT SEEMS TO EXIST IN EVERY SCIENCE FICTION SCENARIO THAT ALLOWS BEINGS FROM DIFFERENT ALIEN RACES AND SOLAR SYSTEMS TO UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER? DANIEL IS THE EMBODIMENT OF THAT TECHNOLOGY. AS A SKILLFUL INTERLOCUTOR AND LISTENER DAN CAN SYNTHESIZE THE ELEMENTS OF THE UNKNOWN INTO A COHERENT WHOLE, DEDICATING HIMSELF TO HELPING PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE WORLD THEY LIVE IN AND THEMSELVES.”
Development Director, The Englert Theatre
“WORKING WITH DAN IS AKIN TO EXPERIENCING AN IDEAL STATE WHERE YOUR INNERMOST THOUGHTS AND SENTIMENTS ARE GIVEN VOICE. DAN SEES AND HELPS TO SEE, AND THEN HE ARTICULATES IN DETAIL THAT EXCEEDS DESCRIPTION AND REACHES CO-CREATION. AS A COLLABORATOR DAN IS TRULY A FRIEND AND AN ALLY. HE IS THE KIND OF GIFTED COMMUNICATOR THAT IS ESSENTIAL TO COMPLEX HUMAN PROBLEM-SOLVING.”
Director of Client Service, BerganKDV
“DAN IS A THOUGHTFUL, INTROSPECTIVE WRITER AND CONVERSATIONALIST ABLE TO COAX MEANING AND CONNECTION WITH EVERY COMMENT AND QUESTION. AS A MODERATOR AND INTERVIEWER, DAN EXPERTLY GUIDES COLLABORATORS TOWARDS A MORE INTELLIGIBLE TRUTH. HE SPEAKS AND LISTENS WITH A DEPTH AND COMPASSION RARE IN THIS WORLD.””
—Vero Rose Smit
Associate Curator of the Legacies for Iowa Project, UI Stanley Museum of Art
“I HAVE WORKED WITH DAN ON MULTIPLE LEVELS WITHIN THE WORLD OF ACADEMIA: PUBLISHING, EDITING, CONFERENCE ORGANIZATION, COMMITTEE WORK, POLICY-MAKING, AND LONG, LATE NIGHT PONTIFICATIONS, CONFABULATIONS AND PROGNOSTICATIONS THAT HAVE CLOSED DOWN INTIMATE BARS AND BISTROS ACROSS EUROPE. I CAN TRUTHFULLY SAY THAT I HAVE NEVER MET A MORE GENEROUS, IMPASSIONED SCHOLAR. WHATEVER THE ENDEAVOUR – THINKING, WRITING, EDITING, PRESENTING, MODERATING, PLANNING, ADVISING – DAN GIVES OF HIMSELF WHOLLY, WITHOUT REMAINDER, WITHOUT EXCEPTION.”
Reader in Religion, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling
Daniel has served as a consultant for or has contributed work for the following organizations:
Training and Development:
Fayette (TN) County School District (2019-present)
American Academy of Religion Publication Task Force (2016-2018)
American Academy of Religion Steering Committee for Religion and Humanism (2013- present)
International Society for Religion, Literature, and Culture Convener for
Theological Humanism Sessions (2010-present)
Religion, Literature and the Arts Conference (University of Iowa): 2008-2012
American Humanist Association (2018-2019)
Vision 2019 (Iowa City)
University of Iowa Honors Program (2018-2019)
The Green Room (University of Iowa): 2017, 2018
Theme Semester Committee (University of Iowa): 2018-2019
The Journal of Literature and Theology (2013-present)
The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies (2011-2013)
CHARGE magazine (2019-present)
American Humanist Association (2018-2019)
Iowa Writer’s House (2016, 2017, 2019)
Iowa City Book Festival (2017, 2018)
The WESTAR Institute (2018-present)
The (Senior) Center: 2015-2018
Witching Hour Festival (2018-present)
Little Village Magazine (2014-present)
Englert Theatre: Stages (2017-present)
Hancher Auditorium: Playbills (2019-present)
Free Public Programming (As Coffee With Dan):
Read Me Weird Things (2018-2019)
Iowa City City Council Candidates Forum
Iowa City School District Candidates Forum
“Going Home” Series (2019)
Sandra Barkan Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor Award, 2013
Frederick F. Seely Dissertation and Teaching Fellowship, 2012-2013
John C. Gerber Award for excellence in teaching General Education Literature, 2012.
Marion McFarland Taylor Award for Best Research Paper in the Area of Religion, Ecology, and Sustainability for the paper “Enframing American Landscapes and the Enplotment of Human Dominion.”
University of Iowa Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. March 2010.
Alice Marguerite Blough Writing Award for paper entitled “Moving Through Hell: Consciousness, Emotion and Despair.” Department of Religious Studies, University of Iowa. May 2005.