Dr. Dowling became Olivet's director of graduate programs in education in 2015. She oversees and teaches courses in education, multicultural education, secondary education, and curriculum and instruction.
Her professional career in education includes eight years teaching world languages at the preschool through grade 12 level. She also served as a professor at the college level for 12 years with seven of those years in Christian higher education.
Dr. Dowling received the Toyota International Teacher study abroad grant to study in Japan. She is also a 1998 Fulbright Memorial Fund scholar and studied in Japan through that program. In 2003, she was named Teacher of the Year at Muncie Central High School and received the Excellence in Teaching award.
She currently serves on the board of directors for the Motivate Our Minds learning enrichment center and is a member of its curriculum committee. She also serves as a board member for Fellowship of Christian Athletes in the Muncie, Indiana region. She is a member of the Association of Teacher Educators, American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, National Association for the Education of Young Children and National Association for Multicultural Education.
Her volunteer work includes leading "jOUrney" women's ministry at Muncie (Indiana) First church of the Nazarene. She speaks Spanish and Japanese fluently. Her ethnic background has prepared her well for relating with students in a multicultural setting.
She is one-half Indian and one-half Slovak. Her love for education comes from her parents. Her father, now deceased, came from India with only seven dollars to his name to pursue his additional graduate education in engineering. Her mother is a retired registered nurse.
Dr. Dowling is interested in the impact of the demographic imperative on teachers’ pedagogy and non-mainstream student achievement. She is also interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning, culturally responsive pedagogy, and school leadership and supervision. Her passions are multicultural education, global education, and mission-oriented teaching and learning.
She believes we must all work together to uplift our profession and, as educators, leaders, and families, ensure that quality, culturally responsive education is our focus for all learners.
Dr. Dowling and her husband, Trent, were married in 1998. He is the market president for Star Financial Bank in Anderson, Indiana. They are the parents of two sons, Jared and Joel.