New Vice President for Academic Affairs

Maria Cowles, Ph.D.

Maria Cowles, Ph.D.

Immaculata University is pleased to announce that Maria Green Cowles, Ph.D, has accepted the position of vice president for Academic Affairs. In this position, Dr. Cowles serves on the Executive Administration team where she assists in developing the institutional vision and executing the University’s strategic plan in academic affairs.
“I’m honored to be part of the mission and future of Immaculata University.  I look forward to collaborating with faculty, staff, alumni, as well as business, non-profit, and faith leaders to develop innovative programs and partnerships that will benefit our students and community,” stated Dr. Cowles on her new position at Immaculata.
For the past three years, Dr. Cowles served as dean of the Graduate School at Hood College, where she championed the development of new programs, including the first doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership, as well as master’s degrees in Bioinformatics, Counseling, Mathematics Instructional Leadership, and professional certificates. During this time, Dr. Cowles was appointed to the Council of Graduate School’s 2016 Project on the Master’s Degree.  Previously, she served as associate dean for academic affairs at the School of International Service at American University where she co-created the university’s first 3-year B.A. degree, enhanced undergraduate student research initiatives, and restructured undergraduate degree programs.  She began her professional administrative career as associate director of the University Honors Program at American University.  For three years, Dr. Cowles served as an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Receiving a Bachelor’s of Art in International Business/French from Concordia College, Dr. Cowles continued her education with a Master of Art in European Integration from the American University in Washington, DC and also received her Ph.D. in International Relations from her alma mater. During her scholarly pursuit she earned numerous academic honors including serving as a Social Science Research Council MacArthur Foundation Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Science and International Affairs, and a Visiting Scholars for Georgetown University’s Center for German and European Studies.
As an expert in international relations, Dr. Cowles has authored, coauthored or contributed to dozens of publications on this issue including topics on global business and e-commerce. She has also served as an expert at conferences and for numerous media interviews on various topics related to international relations.
Immaculata University is a Catholic, coeducational institution of higher learning, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.

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