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Colleen Coughlin

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Colleen Coughlin, Assistant Professor
Social Science, Associate Department Chair
College of Arts and Sciences
Grad certificate from Bowling Green State University, 2006
Ph D from Bowling Green State University, 2004
Grand Rapids Campus

Colleen Coughlin began her professional career in labor and management and then switched to practicing law. Licensed in Indiana, Colleen served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Indianapolis where she handled agencies with significant ties to federal regulations and funding. In this capacity Coughlin served on a number of charitable organizations and neighborhood boards which dealt with historically underserved populations; the poor, the aged, homeless veterans, and people with AIDS/HIV.

Nineteen years ago Colleen began teaching Business Law to college students. She also continued her commitment to working with underserved populations and social justice organizations. In 2008 she relocated to Michigan to work as a full-time faculty member in Social Sciences at Davenport University.

Her research agenda and publication history focuses on media representation, diversity issues such as gender, sexuality, class and history as well as pedagogical approaches to teaching diversity to college students. She serves on the national Board of Humanities Education and Research Association and is a member of both the American Culture Association and the Popular Culture Association.

She teaches in the areas of Cultural Diversity, Freshman Seminar as well as Business law, Legal Issues in Sports Management and Employment and Labor Law. Colleen’s teaching philosophy is best expressed when she says “Education can be more than a method for teaching the mind, it can also be the vehicle for expanding experiences, engaging critical thinking and opening the heart to a myriad of perspectives, people and levels of understanding.”

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, 2011