COIL's Staff

JonRubin 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.

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Mirjam HauckMirjam Hauck

Professional Development Lead

Mirjam joined the COIL Center in September 2014 on a 1-year sabbatical from her position as a Senior Lecturer and Associate Head of the Department of Languages at the Open University/UK. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on use of technologies for learning and teaching of languages and cultures covering aspects such as task design, tutor role and training, and digital literacy skills. Apart from regular presentations at conferences, seminars and workshops in Europe and the USA, she has served on the CALICO executive board and is a member of the EUROCALL executive committee. She is also a member of the editorial board of the CALL Journal and ReCALL. More recently her research and publications have centered on the impact of mediation and the relevance of multimodal communicative competence in online language learning and teaching contexts. She sees her interest in how the affordances of the new media shape online communication and interaction, in globally networked contexts in particular, as the logical continuation of her earlier work.

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Stephen TippettStephen Tippett

COIL Course Development Coordinator

Stephen is a teacher and an education professional.  He has taught in elementary, middle, and high school, and at the university level, and at the SUNY COIL Center his work focuses at the intersection of instructional design, technology, and project management.  He is working on his doctoral dissertation on the instructional design of short term study abroad at the University of Delaware.  For the last few years he worked at The College of Global Studies, Arcadia University where he helped with the technology administration and operations for study abroad programs.  His research interests include participatory learning, citizenship and education, learning management systems, and methods of internationalization and intercultural learning in higher education.  He worked for several years in South America, first in Ecuador with an Education Development NGO called WorldTeach, and then in Chile in an international volunteer program through the United Nations Development Programme and the Ministry of Education.  During this time, he learned Spanish and traveled to many places in South America.  He maintains an interest and work in study abroad and educational coorperation between Ecuador, Chile, and the US.   

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Photo AllisonAllison Church

Project Coordinator

Allison joined the COIL Center in March 2016 to provide pedagogical, administrative and logistical assistance for all areas of the Stevens Initiative, which is supported by a cooperative sub-grant of the Aspen Institute, funded by the U.S. State Department and the Bezos Family Foundation.  She is intimately involved in facilitating faculty and institutional partnerships and aiding in professional development between members of the COIL Center’s Nodal Network of SUNY campuses and international institutions throughout the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. For the past decade, Allison has embodied the international intercultural experience seeking her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. While there, beyond pursuing her degrees, she worked in international instruction, professional teacher development, media relations, sports management, photojournalism,  translation, and cross-cultural diversity training. In addition to her linguistic abilities and experience in international exchange she has given back to her home town in Wellsville, NY by volunteering diversity training and seminars to various companies and agencies including the DOT. As a student and teacher in international education she encourages exchange but also exemplifies the global shift in both higher learning and the corporate landscape.


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