Josh “Dr. J” Misner is a professor of communication studies at North Idaho College in beautiful Coeur d’Alene. As both a power user of social media and an author/researcher of mindfulness and presence, Dr. J strives to promote balance with respect to life amid the “Age of Distraction” as he calls the digital age in which we live. He has been teaching communication studies for more than a dozen years, with his specialty being interpersonal communication, particularly as it relates to deepening and nurturing relationships through the practice of mindfulness.
Dr. J has an eclectic range of interests and hobbies that include: indigenous culture and history, cultivating bonsai, woodworking, videography/photography, social media, hiking and exploring, and restoring/racing cars. One of his proudest accomplishments, other than being a devoted husband and father, was when he hiked 100 miles across England in only seven days, from the west coast to the east coast, to raise $40,000 to open a free summer camp that helps children whose parents have been affected by cancer remember what it’s like to be a kid again.
Dr. J is also a verified movie aficionado who has been known to frequently pepper conversation with random movie quotes and references. He also has a habit of seemingly going off-road in discussions, much like Doug, the dog from the movie Up, did every time he saw a squirrel. Should this occur, rest assured that he will eventually find his way back to the topic at hand.
Above all else, Dr. J still finds it hard to believe that he earns a living by sitting around and talking all day, especially considering how much trouble that caused him in past jobs. He views teaching as a privilege, and his passion lies in igniting and inspiring others toward greatness.