Cooperation and Collaboration = Transformation
As an Associate 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).
Her appointment to Touro College, GSE, parallels a deep professional and personal commitment of hers in transcending boundaries to bring universal access to high- quality education. As a Fulbright Scholar; current faculty at Touro College; Chair of the Rotary United Nations International Breakfast Meetings; past President and Rotary Assistant Governor for New York State, she brings over twenty-five years of experience as an educator and institutional leader. Her extensive background in education, administration, not-for-profit leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to the idea of education as a basic human right, technology innovation, and demonstrated sensitivity to cultural communication differences; provide her with unique skills and vertical networks locally and globally.
After completing her Doctor of Education at Columbia University/Teachers College, she started as a teacher in New York and eventually worked at multiple higher education institutions. Over time a personal interest in navigating complex and divergent stakeholders shaping the future of education crystallized. As a 2018-2019 Education Policy Fellow at the EPFP™ Institute, Columbia University/Teachers College, she became part of a select group of strategic leaders analyzing trends regarding effective educational policy and leadership. As an EPFP fellow, her focus was on three pillars: The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Leadership, and Educational Policy. To further her understanding of the challenges that lie at the heart of education inequity, and to support stakeholders she joined an international scholar team pursuing CISR Scholar Certification, in service to the UN SDGs Corporate Guidebook Series Meta-Project. This project aims to use scholarship and advocacy to influence corporate policy, build institutional capacity, and drive innovation for implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030.
For the last three years, she served as an advisor to “Computers for Schools Burundi”, a non-profit organization, registered in the Republic of Burundi. The principal objective is to modernize the Burundi education system through the implementation and use of Information and Communication Technologies.
Dr. Cowin is deeply familiar with the Office of Teaching Initiatives, Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability, Office of College and University Evaluation, Office of Access, Equity and Community Engagement Services, Board of Regents, and the Office of Educator Quality and Professional Development she served as a reviewer for AAQEP.
As Assistant Professor and Practicum Coordinator for TESOL and Bilingual Programs at Touro College, Graduate School of Education, New York, she serves at the Dean’s pleasure on search committees, function as a faculty mentor on Learning Management Systems and is part of the accreditation curriculum refresh team while keeping an active teaching, research and lecturing schedule.
Complementing her impeccable educational background is my not-for-profit leadership through Rotary. As former Assistant Governor of Rotary for New York State, past President of the Rotary Club of New York and current Chair of the UN International Breakfast Meetings, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, strong organizational skills and public speaking are well-honed. In the Rotary Leadership functions, she maintained official records and financial documents to ensure compliance not only with federal, state and local 501C3 regulations but also with Rotary International charter regulatory rules. In addition, she was responsible for communications and outreach strategy, growing and maintaining Rotary’s complex, extensive national and international service initiatives, and developing and delivering measurable outcomes. The Rotary leadership positions and international connections to the Rotary network introduced her to the funding landscape including bi-lateral, multi-lateral, private and philanthropic actors. Rotary International and local Rotary clubs use grantmaking in combination with other tactics to effect social change.
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.
Of special research interest to her are The Blockchain of Things and its implications for Higher Education; 3D Modeling in Augmented and Virtual Reality for TESOL and beyond; Current Global Trends in Teaching English; Developing Materials and Resources in English Methodology; E-learning & Micro-Methodology in Teaching English; and E-Resources Discovery and Analysis; and Biometric Data Policy.
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.
• Doctor of Education, Teachers College/Columbia University, New York, NY, 1992
• Master of Educational Technology, Marlboro College Graduate School for Professional and Graduate Studies, Marlboro, VT, 2017
• Master of Education, Teachers College/Columbia University, New York, NY, 1989
• Fulbright Scholarship, University of Houston, Houston, TX, 1985–1986
• Bachelor of Music and Education, Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik, Karlsruhe, Germany, 1986
Certificates and Credentials
• Education Policy Fellowship at Education Policy Fellowship Program, Teachers College/Columbia University, 2018–2019
• Certificate of Continuing Board Education, Exec Ranks, 2017 (with a focus on Ethics & Compliance in the Boardroom, Understanding Cybersecurity as a Function of Risk Management for Directors, and Understanding and Accurately Presenting Financial Statements to the Board of Directors)
• TESOL Certificate, SIT World Graduate Institute, New York, 2012
• Teaching Business English Certification, Rennert International, New York, 2012
• Professional Program in Psychoanalysis, The Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, New York, 2011
• Graduate Studies in Music, Orchestral and Ensemble Scholarship, Rice University, Houston, TX, 1987–1988