Dr. Purslow is an associate faculty member with the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies. She also serves as a Professor of Music, and before that Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Music Department Chair for a small, public liberal arts university in southern Oregon. Purslow has more than 33 years of teaching and administrative experience at the university, community college, high school, and middle school levels.
Purslow earned a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a minor in Higher Education Administration from University of the Pacific and a Master of Arts in Music Education from CSU Sacramento, and Bachelor of Music from the University of Pacific. As someone who lives by the tenets of the “Scholar, Practitioner, Leader Model,” Purslow recently completed CRR Global’s series of training courses on organizations and relationship systems at work.
Purslow’s areas of expertise and interest include higher education, strategic planning, faculty satisfaction, data-driven program assessment, student needs assessments, issues facing rural schools, nontraditional and first generation college students, and music education and curriculum and instruction.
A music educator, Purslow is also a professional saxophonist who has performed with The Four Tops, The Temptations, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Motown’s Funk Brothers, Bobby Shew, Maynard Ferguson, Stan Mark, Joe Williams, Morgan James, Mel Torme, the Rogue Valley Symphony, and Britt Festival Orchestra. Purslow has toured internationally with the Mazama Saxophone Quartet, performing in China, England and Scotland.
Purslow is a published arranger of music for saxophone ensembles. Other current research topics include rural education, the marginalization of country music, guitarist Joseph Bruhl, the Youth of American, organizational death, and winery marketing.