Welcome to my website! On these pages you can information about the courses I teach in Religion and the Maryville Core Curriculum, my education and professional and service activities, travel/study courses I have led for Maryville College students in Turkey, Malta, Sicily, Tunisia and Morocco, some of my other international travel experiences, projects related to issues of Faith and Learning, and information about the Division of Humanities.
Teaching is the heart of what I do at Maryville College. I teach courses in the Maryville Curriculum and Religion. Follow this link to read about my teaching philosophy and to find information about the courses that I teach.
To learn about my education, awards, presentations, and professional and service activities follow the link.
To learn about Maryville College travel/study courses that I have led, follow the link. These courses include experiences in Turkey, Malta and Siciy, Malta and Tunisia, and Morocco.
I have had the opportunity to travel to Jordan and Israel/Palestine with the Presbyterian Church (USA), to Italy and Spain with family and friends, to Central Asia with family, and to Turkey for part of a sabbatical. These international experiences have enhanced my professional life by deepening my understanding of people and cultures in general and providing opportunities to visit places and see artifacts related to specific teaching areas.
Issues of faith and learning are important to many teachers at a church-related college. They are particularly relevant in the teaching of religion. As a college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), Maryville College is part of a tradition with a long history of emphasis on higher education and openness to critical inquiry that views faith and learning as complementary, not competing dimensions of human life. Because of my interest in the intersection of faith and learning, I have been involved in two national projects: The Rhodes Consultations on the Future of the Church Related College and the Consultation on the Vocation of the Presbyterian Teacher.
Copyright 2000: Margaret Parks Cowan