Meet our peace literacy curriculum developers

Katherine R. Rowell, Ph.D. earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University, and has taught sociology at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio since 1996. She served as the Founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Sinclair Community College from 2008 to 2015. For the past eight years, she has taught advanced sociology courses in racism and poverty at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Rowell has won numerous awards for teaching excellence: American Sociological Association Teaching Excellence Award (2012), Outstanding Community College Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement of Scholarship and Education and the Carnegie Foundation in 2005, the 2005 North Central Sociological Professor of the Year and the 2012 American Sociological Association Distinguished Teaching Award. She is a board member of the Dayton International Peace Museum and strives to infuse peace literacy in all of her work. She has traveled with students for over ten years to the U.S. Mexican Border to learn about border issues and has co-organized four trips for students to Guatemala. She has also traveled to over 30 countries including Costa Rica where she participated in a faculty development project learning about peace and recently to Mongolia, where she participated in the North Asian Regional Peace Institute. She has co-developed with Derek Petrey an extensive study and activity guide for Chappell's book The Cosmic Ocean.