Bowen is a mathematics curriculum writer. He is a lead author of CME Project, a high school curriculum focused on mathematical habits of mind. Bowen is currently working on Illustrative Mathematics' Grades 6-8 curriculum, to be published for free by the K-12 OER Collaborative in 2017. Bowen leads professional development nationally, primarily on how math content can be taught with a focus on higher-level goals. Bowen is also a champion pinball player and once won $1,000 for knowing the number of degrees in a right angle.