As an Assistant Professor for TESOL and Bilingual Programs at Touro College, Graduate School of Education Dr. Cowin’s focus is on the Responsibility to Touro Students (Teaching), Responsibility to the Discipline (Scholarship), and Responsibility to Touro College and Community (Service).
Dr. Cowin strives to inspire students to be creative and to model the love of lifelong learning by inculcating the habits and attitudes that create agile mindsets. 21st-century education extends well beyond the classroom, and Dr. Cowin incorporates online learning technologies for L2 language acquisition and current global trends in teaching English as a Second Language.
She represents high levels of scholarship and participates fully in the larger world of TESOL academic discipline. Ongoing research, expressed in scholarly contributions to the advancement of knowledge is demonstrated through publications (articles in Education Update), presentations and participation in academic conferences, blogging and other scholarly activities, including public performances and exhibitions at conferences and workshops such as the Plekhanov University of Economics keynote address and seminars in 2018. Of particular interest to her are The Blockchain of Things and its implications for Higher Education; Current Global Trends in TESOL; Developing Materials and Resources in Teaching English; E-learning & Micro-Methodology in TESOL; E-Resources Discovery and Analysis; and Language Acquisition and the Oculus Rift in VR.
Dr. Cowin believes that the prestige of Touro College and its TESOL Department depends on her endeavors and work outside the Touro College System. She demonstrates the same high standards of personal integrity both inside and outside the classroom through her Presidency at the Rotary Club of New York, chairing of the RCNY United Nations International Breakfast Meetings, and her US Ambassadorship for the Rotary Action Group for Eradication of Hepatitis.
She served as Chief Marketing Officer for a start-up IT company, PeopleMovers®, a Community Networking Platform. As an experienced executive, both at a strategic and operational level, with strong track record in developing, driving and managing business improvement and development, change management and turn-around she worked with value-adding leadership. The main drivers were branding, marketing and efficiency, improved customer satisfaction and retainment, customer service, product management, crosscross-functionalness improvements and development of sponsor presentations with sponsor meetings.
The Presidency of the Rotary Club of New York is dear to her heart. As the second woman to be elected in 109 years, Dr. Cowin had a leadership role in shaping and directing the club’s programs and international strategic alliances. Part of this volunteer leadership position centers around cooperation and collaboration to do “Service above Self.” The Rotary network encompasses more than 1.3 million members worldwide. Currently, I am working on our International Breakfast Lecture series at the United Nations and a Harvey Relief event to increase visibility of the club’s Rotary branding. The International Breakfast Series is streamed live on Facebook with an audience of 5000+ international viewers. In addition, she is the US Ambassador of the Hepatitis Zero Campaign, a worldwide campaign for which she is part of the MediRelationsns team. Through her volunteer position as the President of the Rotary Club of New York and host mother to international students from South Korea, Venezuela, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, France, China, Kazakhstan, and Italy Dr. Cowin is extremely knowledgeable about cultural differences and sensitivities, team work, plus meaningful cooperation and collaboration within a team structure.
As a University Pathway facilitator at EF – Education First, she conceived, designed and developed multiple portfolios of face-to-face, online and blended curricula across a variety of disciplines. For EF’s Russian branch she held interactive Adobe Connect webinars for Russian ESL university faculty at academic institutions such as Moscow University, St. Petersburg, and Siberia with practical applicability into real-life teaching scenarios. Dr. Cowin successfully designed, implemented and taught 21st Century courses for international students which focused on educational technology literacy, assessments, activity paths, learning objectives and content for each course with a 100% paper-free learning environment. Excellent student participation and student ratings for her courses were achieved through online collaborative tools.
Realizing that Educational and Instructional Technology are pivotal in today’s fast changing education environment Dr. Cowin completed August 2017 a Masters Degree in Educational Technology at the Marlboro School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Vermont, with a GPA of 4.0. During her time at Marlboro College, she studied, analyzed and applied pedagogical best practices and supporting media and educational technologies needed to successfully execute online, f2f and blended learning and marketing environments.
DR. Cowin is a Fulbright Scholar, who holds a Doctorate in Education from Columbia University and a Masters in Educational Technology.