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Owen Boynton

Owen Boynton
English, Director of the Center for Innovation & Design
Ph.D., Cornell University
M.St., Oxford University
A.B., Brown University
Upper School
English, Center for Innovation & Design

Owen is the Director of the Center for Innovation and Design and an enthusiastic teacher of English and Advanced Seminar courses. After attending high school at the International School of Geneva, Switzerland, he earned his B.A. in Comparative Literature and Classics at Brown University. Owen went on to earn a Master’s Degree (MSt.) at Oxford University and a PhD from Cornell University in English Language and Literature. Before switching to secondary education, he taught undergraduate courses at Cornell for several years and at College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) as a Visiting Assistant Professor. In addition to academic publications and book reviews, Owen blogs about education and the Humanities and maintains the website “Led by Language” centered on his original method for writing and thinking in the Humanities and beyond.

Owen’s approach to literature has always been motivated by his fascination with literature as a product of design and craft, with language as the raw material. That approach has complemented and informed his interest in Design Thinking as it is practiced by design firms, businesses, thinkers, and artists around the world. He believes that the traits of the best designers parallel the traits that we seek to inculcate in our students: empathy, eagerness to learn from criticism, flexibility of mind, curiosity, and inquisitiveness. In his work with the Center for Innovation and Design, Owen is eager to foster conversations and serve as a knowledge broker between the enthusiastic and innovative teachers at MBS, in the belief that we share a common sense of the sort of learners we want our students to become.

Owen also leads the Parents Association book club and serves on the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion. He has been an ardent fan of Bob Dylan since the age of 15, and thinks the Nobel Prize was richly deserved.