Glen Cotten

Glen Joel Cotten
Office Phone
+86 (21) 20595088

Glen Cotten is a Lecturer in the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program at NYU Shanghai. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, he was an English Language Tutor at Xi’an Jiaotong–Liverpool University in Suzhou, PRC. He holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina and a MEd from the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Cotten’s research interests include transformative education, moral education, moral philosophy, qualitative research methods, and cross-cultural communication. His dissertation is entitled Education for the Development of Critical Moral Consciousness: A Case Study of a Moral Education Program in a North Carolina High School.

Dr. Cotten has presented numerous papers at conferences on education and was invited to present his paper “Educating for Critical Moral Consciousness: The Role of Authentic Communication in Stimulating Moral Development” at Peking University’s Institute of Moral Education in December 2011 and at Zhejiang Normal University in May 2012. Having spent much of his life growing up and later working in many countries on several continents, Dr. Cotten values the richness of humanity's cultural diversity and is committed to promoting cross-cultural understanding.

Research Interests 

  • Transformative education
  • Moral/spiritual education
  • Moral philosophy
  • Qualitative educational research
  • Ethnography
  • Cross-cultural communication studies



  • PhD, Education (Culture, Curriculum, and Change)
    University of North Carolina
  • MEd, TESOL and Multicultural Education
    University of Massachusetts