Director of Center for Teaching and Learning and Professor of Sociology
Sinclair Community College
444 W. Third Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402
Katherine R. Rowell was awarded the 2005 Outstanding Community Colleges Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and Case Foundation. She has taught sociology at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, since 1996 and continues to teach as she serves as the college's first director for the Center for Teaching and Learning. During this time, Rowell has worked to infuse service learning into classroom instruction, designing courses that require students to volunteer with her at area shelters as one way to enhance their community awareness and civic engagement. She has worked on numerous module forms of learning including a diversity module on her campus as part of an NSF project and modules for the MidWest Institute for International Education. She also also worked with the American Sociological Assocation and the NSF on an Integrating Data Analysis project over the past few years. As part of this project, she helped develop data analysis modules that could be used by students across the United States in introductory courses. Rowell earned a bachelor's and master's degrees from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.
Related Pedagogical Projects
She is currently working on a NSF funded project along with SSDAN and ICPSR to test assessment tools that can be used to examine the impact of quantitative modules in sociology classes. As part of this work, she will be testing some modules and developing a quantitative literacy rubric.