BA in English Education 6–12, Southeastern College
MEd in Educational Leadership, Southeastern University
In spring 2012, Professor Molly Owen joined Southeastern University’s College of Education as an adjunct professor and then came on as a full-time assistant professor in fall 2014. In 1996, she began her K–12 teaching career in South Carolina, teaching high school and middle school English and a few social studies courses in both Christian and public schools. She also served as a lead teacher as well as a mentor and evaluator for first-year teachers. However, it was a three-year stint at an alternative school, filled with students from very desperate situations, that helped her realize how necessary it is for teachers not only to be great educators but also to show Christ’s love to their students and families each and every day. Knowing that for many students, a teacher may be the only one who believes in them, she learned how to love the unloved and tries to instill that principle within her education students. Likewise, it was during this time that Professor Owen observed how a lack of literacy skills in the early years can affect a student in the later years. Thus, it is her passion to find ways to help parents and educators better engage children in the areas of reading, writing and communicating.
In addition to her teaching career and because of her love for English, Professor Owen has also had her hand in book and magazine editing and writing for various organizations and rising authors. Moreover, Professor Owen has worked alongside her husband, who, for more than 15 years, served in several pastoral roles. They have led multiple church ministries including youth, children and adult Christian education.
In fall 2009, her husband’s new role at Southeastern University brought them back to Lakeland — to their alma mater and the place where they first met. Because of the positive impact the faculty and staff of Southeastern had on their own lives when they were students, it is their passion to invest in students and continue that legacy.
At Southeastern University, Professor Owen teaches Methods of Teaching Secondary English, Teaching Reading in the Content Areas and Field Study courses, and she gets the privilege of overseeing the student teaching internships. In addition, she serves as a Connect Group mentor for the Department of Spiritual Formation.
Professor Owen celebrates more than 20 years of marriage to her husband, Chris Owen, and is the mother of their two teenage children.