John has taught courses for prospective high school teachers at Kent JMC as an adjunct since 1984, although he has done so more regularly since his retirement after 33 years of teaching high school journalism.
He holds a BS in Education and an M.A. in Journalism from Kent State University. He currently teaches Newswriting, Media Information Gathering and Teaching High School Journalism in the 21st Century, an online course, and is involved with the development of an online master's program in Kent State's Center for Scholastic Journalism.
His academic resume includes 1983 Dow Jones Newspaper Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year; Gold Key, Columbia Scholastic Press Association; Pioneer Award, National Scholastic Press Association; Master Journalism Educator, JEA; Carl Towley Award, JEA; Ohio Educational Language and Media Association Intellectual Freedom Award.
Bowen is a lead instructor at the ASNE High School Journalism Institute at Kent State and at various summer journalism workshops. He currently is a board member and chair of the Scholastic Press Rights Commission for the Journalism Education Association and conveener of the Student Press law Center's Advisory Council.