COIL's Staff

Mary Lou Forward

Mary Lou Forward


Mary Lou Forward has served as the Executive Director of the Open Education Consortium since 2009. The Open Education Consortium is a worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing open education and its impact on teaching and learning.  Prior to joining the Open Education Consortium, Mary Lou served as the Dean of African studies for SIT Study Abroad, working with institutions across Africa for nearly two decades.  During this time she incorporated technology and distance learning in international educational programming and developed opportunities to collaborate across countries and between diverse student and faculty groups.  Mary Lou has also served in other faculty and educational administration roles, including teaching Environmental Studies in Madagascar.

Jan McCauley

Jan McCauley

Operations Coordinator

Jan joined the COIL Center as Operations Coordinator in August 2016 after working closely with COIL for several years as a faculty member, campus coordinator, and professional development facilitator.  She has served as an adjunct professor of Latin American History and Cultural Anthropology at SUNY Broome Community College since 2009.  During her time at SUNY Broome she helped to launch the COIL Initiative on that campus, including developing and teaching her own collaborative COIL module with her faculty partner in Mexico City.  Jan's research interests include pop culture, media, and politics, street art as political activism, and impacts of digital culture on education.  She is also active in her local Binghamton, NY community through a variety of volunteer roles including serving on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity, as well as working with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.  Jan brings to the COIL Center a varied work history that she hopes will allow her to contribute to the efficient operation and growth of the COIL model for intercultural collaboration

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Stephen Tippett

COIL Course Development Coordinator

Stephen is a teacher and an education professional.  He has taught in elementary, middle, and high school, and at the university level, and at the SUNY COIL Center his work focuses at the intersection of instructional design, technology, and project management.  He is working on his doctoral dissertation on the instructional design of short term study abroad at the University of Delaware.  For the last few years he worked at The College of Global Studies, Arcadia University where he helped with the technology administration and operations for study abroad programs.  His research interests include participatory learning, citizenship and education, learning management systems, and methods of internationalization and intercultural learning in higher education.  He worked for several years in South America, first in Ecuador with an Education Development NGO called WorldTeach, and then in Chile in an international volunteer program through the United Nations Development Programme and the Ministry of Education.  During this time, he learned Spanish and traveled to many places in South America.  He maintains an interest and work in study abroad and educational coorperation between Ecuador, Chile, and the US.   

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Allison Church

Project Coordinator

Allison joined the COIL Center in March 2016 to provide pedagogical, administrative and logistical assistance for all areas of the Stevens Initiative, which is supported by a cooperative sub-grant of the Aspen Institute, funded by the U.S. State Department and the Bezos Family Foundation.  She is intimately involved in facilitating faculty and institutional partnerships and aiding in professional development between members of the COIL Center’s Nodal Network of SUNY campuses and international institutions throughout the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. For the past decade, Allison has embodied the international intercultural experience seeking her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. While there, beyond pursuing her degrees, she worked in international instruction, professional teacher development, media relations, sports management, photojournalism,  translation, and cross-cultural diversity training. In addition to her linguistic abilities and experience in international exchange she has given back to her home town in Wellsville, NY by volunteering diversity training and seminars to various companies and agencies including the DOT. As a student and teacher in international education she encourages exchange but also exemplifies the global shift in both higher learning and the corporate landscape.


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