Writer, Professor, NonProfiteer
MARJORIE KELLY COWAN, PH.D.
I've been a faculty member at Miami University since 1993. While I spent the first half of my career as a bench scientist, I increasingly turned to pedagogical research, publishing in the Journal of College Science Teaching, the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching and The Teaching Professor. I had the privilege of chairing the Undergraduate Education Committee of the American Society for Microbiology and am past chair of ASM's Division W. From 2003 to 2009 I was an administrator for Miami University's regional campus in Middletown, Ohio, first as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and then as Campus Dean. I also served as Acting Director of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (Middletown) in 2015-2016.
While I was Campus Dean, the city of Middletown captured my imagination and in 2009 I created the Community-Building Institute (CBI), an independently funded organization that helps create strong neighborhoods and supports under-resourced citizens from pre-school to career. CBI's dedicated staff nurtures hope in people every day, currently spending over $1 million/year serving Middletown’s needs.
I was educated at the University of Louisville, and held postdoctoral positions at the Center of Marine Biotechnology in Baltimore, and at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, in the Netherlands. I have three children: Sam, a professional musician and all-around creative savant; Taylor, a tea entrepreneur, and Suzanne, a psychologist, stand-up comic, and great mom. I like to claim her husband Aaron as mine as well.
Presentations and workshops by Kelly Cowan:
- Scientific Teaching Methods, appropriate for high-school and college instructors of all disciplines
- Bridging the Achievement Gap in Your Classroom, appropriate for high-school and college instructors of all disciplines
- Poverty and Literacy, appropriate for schools, colleges, and almost any other type of group; tailored to the audience
These presentations are generally free to the inviting organization (including travel). To whom much has been given....