Meet the Faculty: Julie Owens, Associate Professor
If you’ve been eyeing Concordia’s online MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education program, you may come across the faculty member in today’s Q&A. Meet Julie Owens, an associate professor with Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education.
A quick background
A Pacific Northwest native and Concordia alumna, Julie earned a BA in early childhood elementary/elementary education and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a reading endorsement here before pursuing her EdD in educational leadership at George Fox University. Raised on a small farm in La Center, WA, she loves to hike, travel, read, and bake.
What led to your calling and vocation as a teacher of teachers?
As a graduate of Concordia University-Portland, I knew that one day I wanted to call Concordia “home” and call its faculty members “family.” My first position with Concordia, outside of being a student, was as an adjunct faculty member. I loved sharing my passion for teaching and firsthand knowledge from the classroom in working with students and their families.
What courses do you teach at Concordia?
Online, I teach ECE 420: Strategies for Dual Language Learners, and EDCI 503: Issues & Advocacy in ECE.
On-ground, I teach MAT 556: Whole Child and Learning; EDU 355: Introduction to Early Childhood; EDU 461:Curriculum & Instruction Children’s Literature; EDU 457: Growth of the Developing Child; EDU 362: Curriculum and Instruction Math for Elementary Teachers; and EDUG 220: Growth and Development PK-12.
What do you love about working at Concordia?
I love working at Concordia because of the relationships that develop between faculty members and students. Knowing my students as people as opposed to a number within my classroom is important to me. I want to know what is going on in their lives so I can make those personal connections with them and help them feel further connected with the campus and their professors. I also appreciate the smaller class sizes so we can share details in class with one another, which often does not occur in larger settings.
Do you have any advice for prospective students — for making the most of their experience, or for why they should consider applying to Concordia?
My advice would be to take the time to get to know your professors and colleagues in your classes. Remember, you get out what you put in. And reflect upon your work continuously, as it will allow you to dig deeper into the content that you will use in your profession as an educator.
Favorite book about teaching that every educator should read?
Parker Palmer’s A Courage to Teach and Ken Badley & Harro Van Brummelen’s Metaphors we Teach by: How Metaphors Shape What We Do in Classrooms.
What’s your favorite quote?
“It is impossible to teach without the courage to love, without the courage to try a thousand times before giving up.” -Paulo Freire