Institute Personnel


Jon Rubin - Institute Director

Prof. Rubin, Director of the SUNY COIL Center since its inception, has been involved in developing new modalities of online educational collaboration for SUNY since 2002, when he created his Cross Cultural Video course with the support of a Fulbright Alumni Initiatives Award received after his return from a semester teaching in Belarus. His background is in Film and New Media and he has been instrumental in COIL’s receiving grants from the NEH and OSI.  

Keith Landa - Instructional Design Specialist

Dr. Landa is the Director of the Teaching, Learning and Training Center at Purchase College and has worked with Jon Rubin for the past two years developing COIL programs and providing instructional design support for the NEH Digital Humanities Start-up grant.

Bettina Hansel - Cross Cultural Specialist

Dr. Hansel was the Director of Intercultural Education and Research for AFS from 2002 -2009. She is also the author of The Exchange Student Survival Kit and worked with COIL on the NEH Digital Humanities Start-up grant.


Workshop Leaders

Human Societies:

Craig B. Little is Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York College at Cortland.  Prof. Little is the author and editor of two books and is widely published on various aspects of deviance, crime and social control.  In recent years he has been active in the Alliance of Universities for Democracy (AUDEM) through which he has developed collaborative on-line international distance learning courses with faculty abroad.  A member of COIL Advisory board, Prof. Little has taught the course "Social Control" with colleagues in Belarus and Australia.

Krister Hakannson, lecturer in Psychology at the Linnaeus University and a PhD candidate in Medical Science at Karolinska Institutet . Besides a large number of web based courses at the Linnaeus University, Krister has also developed and given courses jointly with different international partners: A course in Cross-cultural Psychology in collaboration with University of Minnesota and Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda) and also an interdisciplinary course in International Cooperationtogether with UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico). Krister has also worked as an instructor in web based course design for staff at his own university.

Languages and Literature

Sarah Guth is a Lecturer in English at the University of Padova, Italy and a PhD candidate at the Ruhr-UniversitaetBochum, Germany. Her research interests lie in the areas of technology-enhanced language learning, intercultural communication, web 2.0 for education and multi-literacies. She is co-editor of the volume Telecollaboration 2.0: Language, Literacies and Intercultural Learning in the 21st century, has published widely internationally, and presents regularly at international conferences.

International Studies: 

Wayne TeBrake, Professor of History at Purchase College, SUNY, has taught the course “Religion and Politics in Europe” collaboratively with Prof. Yonca Koksal of Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey.  A comparative social and political historian, Prof. Te Brake has published broadly on the history of revolutions and contentious politics; he is currently writing about the historical origins of religious diversity and human rights in early modern Europe.

Yonca Koksal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey. She was a graduate fellow in the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University and a Copeland Fellow at Amsherst College. Her research interests include state-society relations in the 19th century Ottoman Empire, Tanzimat reforms in Ottoman Bulgaria, nationalism and minority politics in Bulgaria and Turkey. She is widely published in this area in both English and Turkish.

Freshman Foundations:

Prof. Elmer Poe, Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Emerging Academic Initiatives at East Carolina University, has been involved in developing and deploying innovative, technology-based programs since 1989, when he developed an online training program for remotely located workers who needed to learn about computer applications and automated data processing. Since 2003 he has developed Internet based programs and has worked with Dr. Rosina Chia to develop the award winning Global Understanding/Initiatives programs at East Carolina University which involve active partnerships with more than 28 universities in more than 20 nations.

Rosina Chia, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Global Academic Initiatives, East Carolina University. Dr. Chia's research interests is in cross-cultural psychology.  She co-developed the ECU Global Climate Change and Global Understanding Projects, the latter includes 30 partners in 22 countries. This virtual partnership has expanded to other formats of collaboration on the university campus, and outside the university to high schools and elementary schools.

Media Arts and Culture: 

Eric Feinblatt was Assistant Director of COIL from 2008-2009 and project coordinator for COIL's NEH Digital Humanities start-up grant. He taught photography at SUNY/FIT for five years and was a professional editorial photographer based in Paris from 1980-1990. Presently, he directs Waste for Life, a non-profit educational organization. He is co-author of the 2010 book, Needs and Feasibility: A Guide for Engineers in Community Projects. The Case of Waste for Life.

Jon Rubin (see bio above in Institute Staff section)