COE: Judith A. Cochran
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Judith Cochran serves as Endowed Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Director of the E. Desmond Lee Regional Institute of Tutorial Education (RITE), a collaborative of six universities, Jennings, St. Louis Public and Normandy School Districts and ten youth agencies. Before her selection as an E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor, Dr. Cochran was the Director of Teacher Education at Wright State University, Assistant Dean of Students at Arizona State University and a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Egypt and Turkey. Her recognition as a teacher, administrator and researcher in urban and international education are the basis of her invitations to be a Visiting Scholar and Faculty Research Associate in Colleges of Education and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona, the University of Texas and as a member of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Culture Scholars. Her recent publications on the Middle East include “Political-Religious Leaders: Cross National Integration of Faiths and Policy in the Middle East,” Educational Roots of Political Crisis in Egypt, “Disillusionment with Higher Education in the Middle East and the United States,””Leadership in the Middle East: The Story of Women in Lebanon,””External and Internal Partnerships in Israeli Education,” and   Democracy in the Middle East: The Impact of Religion and Education.

Dr. Cochran teaches education courses in literacy, administration, curriculum and “Women Worldwide.” This distance education course has been offered since 2011 in the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts and Science taught in collaboration with Dr. Eunsoon Oh of Kungju University in Deujeun, South Korea and Dr. Tatiana Golikova of  Mari State University in Yoshkar-Ola Russia. Dr. Oh and Dr. Cochran published Elementary Teaching Methods and  “ A Case Study of Teacher Learning Through Distance Education: Teaching Cultural Diversity Between Faculties and Students” and presented at the Pacific Rim Conference of Early Childhood Education. Dr. Golikova and Dr. Cochran have presented “The Educational Potential of Online Course  ‘ Women Worldwide’ for American and Russian Students” at the Russian Conference for Teachers of English and the International Conference of the Fulbright Association. In 2012, Dr. Cochran has been a keynote presenter at the International Conference on Democratic Governance; Challenges in Africa and Asia and selected as one of four St. Louis women to receive the Female Groundbreakers Award at St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley.