New Director at the COIL Center

New Director at the COIL Center

The SUNY COIL Center is pleased to announce that Mary Lou Forward is the new COIL Center Director.  

Mary Lou Forward has served as the Executive Director of the Open Education Consortium since 2009. The Open Education Consortium is a worldwide community of hundreds of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing open education and its impact on teaching and learning.  From 2000-2009, Mary Lou served as Academic Dean of African Studies for SIT Study Abroad. In that role, she provided academic and strategic leadership for 29 undergraduate study abroad programs across Africa, leading SIT’s incorporation of technology and distance learning in international programming and developing innovative opportunities to collaborate across countries and between diverse student groups. Mary Lou has also served in other faculty and educational administration roles, including teaching Environmental Studies in Madagascar.  

In her new role Mary Lou will provide strategic leadership and will be the public voice about collaborative online international learning at SUNY.  In undertaking this work she states that:

given the interconnectedness of the world today, it's more important than ever that we have meaningful opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate, discuss and learn across cultures and national boundaries. COIL's innovative approach allows for hands on exploration and understanding of academic topics from multiple perspectives. I'm really looking forward to increasing the global reach of COIL, enabling more faculty participation to advance teaching practice, research and collaboration, and to highlighting these student experiences.

Mary Lou will join the COIL Center in mid-August and will be based out of Albany, New York.