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TJ Bliss, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Adult, Organizational Learning, and Leadership



  • Ph.D. Educational Inquiry, Measurement, and Evaluation, Brigham Young University, 2013
  • M.Sc. Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2010
  • B.Sc. Microbiology and Molecular Biology, Brigham Young University, 2006

TJ Bliss Ph.D., is a clinical assistant professor of Adult, Organizational Learning and Leadership at the University of Idaho. He also serves as the Chief Academic Officer for the Idaho State Board of Education. He was formerly the Chief Advancement Officer at the Wiki Education Foundation and an Education Program Officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Through these roles, he has worked to increase access, affordability, and success for students at the international, national, state, and institutional levels. His current research investigates the impact of policy implementation in higher education contexts.

Dr. Bliss has published numerous journal articles in the field of Open Educational Resources (OER). With Dr. David Wiley, he co-developed the COUP (Costs, Outcomes, Uses, and Perceptions) research framework that has become foundational in OER research throughout the world. He was also deeply involved in the development and passage of the UNESCO Recommendation on OER and participates in international efforts related to implement the actions adopted through this high-level policy instrument.

  • Accomplished 40 Under 40, Idaho Business Review
  • Joe E. Covington Award, National Association of Bar Examiners
  • John M. Webster, Society of Nematologists

  • Member, Executive Committee, Western Academic Leadership Forum
  • Director, National Alumni Board, Brigham Young University
  • Member, Council on Academic Affairs and Programs, Idaho State Board of Education
  • Higher Education Lead and K-12 Lead for State of Idaho, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
  • Community Member, Internal Review Board, Boise State University
  • Chair, Advisory Board, Wiki Education Foundation
  • Member, X5GON Project Advisory Board, European Commission


Mailing Address:
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3087

Phone: 208-885-1149