COIL's Staff

Jon Rubin


Jon Rubin is the Director of the SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), which is a unit of the State University of New York’s Office of Global Affairs.  He has also recently directed the National Endowment for the Humanities funded: COIL Institute for Globally Networked Learning in the Humanities, which has engaged 22 U.S. and 26 international universities in developing collaborative, shared, networked classrooms.

He was Professor of Film and New Media at SUNY Purchase College where he developed a Cross-Cultural Video course in which SUNY students co-produced videos over the Internet with students in Turkey, Lithuania, Mexico, Belarus, and Germany. His own films have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art and at the Whitney Museum in NY. As a media artist he is best known for his Floating Cinema, a choreography of media images moving across the water at night. He has received Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, Ford Foundation and Fulbright fellowships.

Email:  |  Phone: +1 212-317-3522

John E. Fowler

Assistant Director

John E. Fowler returned to SUNY as the Assistant Director of the SUNY COIL Center in November 2010 after several years working and studying in Europe. John has wide-ranging experience working in the American, British and German higher education sectors. This includes serving as an Instructional Designer at SUNY’s Hudson Valley Community College from 2000-06 where John contributed to the creation and growth of one of the largest online and distance learning programs in New York.

John has spent nearly 5 years travelling and living abroad in over 50 countries. Amongst those experiences was a fellowship for the completion of a European Master in Higher Education, through an Erasmus Mundus joint degree program from the Universities of Oslo (Norway), Tampere (Finland) and Aveiro (Portugal). John’s primary research interests are related to the international dimensions of higher education, with a particular focus on cross-border student mobility.

John was very pleased to discover and join COIL as it provided him with the unique opportunity to bring his extensive background in online learning, academic technology, and international education in a variety of higher education contexts together into one position.

Email:  |   Phone: +1 212-317-3587

Sarah Guth

 Program Coordinator for International Collaborations

Sarah Guth is the Program Coordinator, SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL). Before coming to COIL, Sarah was a teacher of English as a Foreign Language at the University of Padova, Italy where she began implementing the use of technology for language learning. For over a decade she has carried out globally networked learning projects partnering her students in Italy with students from the U.S., the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Her research interests lie in the areas of computer-mediated communication and the use of technology in language learning; intercultural communication; globally networked learning; and the normalization of collaborative online international learning in higher education. She has published and presented internationally on the topic of technology and foreign language learning with a specific focus on bringing cohorts of students from diverse lingua-cultural backgrounds together to enhance their learning. She returned to the U.S. in 2013 to bring this expertise to COIL and focus on the support and development of globally networked courses.

Email:  |  Phone: +1 212-317-3539

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