Dr. John D. Basie’s academic and professional interests are in citizenship theory and leadership development. Dr. Basie is particularly interested in the classical and Christian virtues and how they are inculcated through the education process. His academic background in psychology, philosophy, theology and politics and his integrated study of these disciplines have led him to grapple with the necessary educational context for the cultivation of the character virtues and citizenship values necessary for sustaining democratic institutions. Not limited to theoretical studies, Dr. Basie has been involved in pioneering para-academic leadership programs that are focused on character development and worldview formation, namely the Witherspoon Fellowship in Washington, D.C. and most recently the Lifeshape Foundation’s IMPACT 360 program. Currently, Dr. Basie is the Director at IMPACT 360, an academic gap-year program affiliated with the Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. The program emphasizes character-based leadership and worldview education for college freshmen. He also serves as Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. Dr. Basie has authored articles on higher education in The Associate Reformed Presbyterian and SALVO magazine. He holds membership in the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Christian Philosophers. Dr. Basie graduated from Erskine College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Christian education. He earned a master’s degree in philosophy and ethics at the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University and a doctor’s degree in church-state studies with an emphasis in religion and politics at Baylor University. He resides in the Greater Atlanta area with his wife, Marana, and their three children.