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Karen Dowling

Dr. Karen Dowling, director of Graduate Education Programs at Olivet Nazarene University, was recently named vice president for the Association of Teacher Educators Indiana Unit (ATE-I). Her installation took place at the organization’s 2015 fall conference in Columbus, Indiana. Dr. Dowling also led the administrator panel, made up of principals and superintendents from various parts of the state, during the conference.

ATE-I’s vision statement is “The Professional Organization for People Who Care About Quality Teaching.” In her new role and with her experience as an education professional, Dr. Dowling has already begun having important conversations with key state leaders, school superintendents and influencers. Her duties also include coordinating communications and serving as a liaison with other political and professional organizations in collaboration with the organization’s president.

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. She holds three degrees from Ball State University: a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Spanish and Japanese teaching, a Master of Arts in education leadership and supervision, and a doctorate in educational studies.

Her professional career in education includes eight years teaching at the preschool through grade 12 level. She also served as a professor at the college level for 10 years, including five years in Christian higher education.

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 registered nurse.

Dr. Dowling received the Toyota International Teacher study abroad grant to study in Japan. She is a 1998 Fulbright Memorial Fund scholar and studied in Japan through that program. In 2003, she was named Teacher of the Year at Muncie (Ind.) Central High School and received the Excellence in Teaching Award.

About Association of Teacher Educators Indiana Unit

Association of Teacher Educators Indiana Unit (ATE-I) is an organization which fosters the professional and personal growth and development of individuals who will be or are teachers. The Association promotes participation and cooperation among all who are involved in the preparation and professional development of teachers. Its work supports the belief that the quality of education for all children and youth depends upon the effectiveness of those who teach. Dedicated to the improvement of teacher education, ATE-I leads cooperative efforts of interested individuals, organizations, and institutions. Membership is comprised of professional personnel who are involved in public and private schools, higher education, professional associations, learned societies and governmental agencies.

About Olivet Nazarene University

Olivet Nazarene University is an accredited Christian, liberal arts university offering more than 120 areas of undergraduate and graduate study, including the Doctor of Education in ethical leadership. Olivet’s 250-acre park-like main campus is in Bourbonnais, Illinois, 50 miles south of Chicago. Additional sites are in Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Grand Rapids and Grand Ledge, Michigan; Hong Kong; and more than 100 School of Graduate and Continuing Studies learning locations throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest. From Oxford to Tokyo, hundreds of Olivet students also experience the global classroom each year through study abroad opportunities, internships and worldwide mission trips.