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Cobb Named President of Women in Higher Education in Tennessee

12/4/2011

Recently Dr. Lisa Cobb, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Biology, was named the 2012 President of  Women in Higher Education in Tennessee (WHET). She previously served as the Middle Tennessee Representative, 2011 Conference Chair and President-elect.

WHET is recognized as a premier professional organization that empowers professional women; advocates professional growth; provides career opportunities and develops community partnerships.

Dr. Cobb is a rising leader in the higher education community. She has worked as a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)  liaison shepherding Cumberland University through their regional reaccreditation and will be presenting at the SACS Commission on Colleges Annual Conference in Orlando in December. In addition she maintains active membership in the Association for Institutional Research and the National Association of Biology Teachers. Dr. Cobb actively works to increase her knowledge of all areas of the academy, promote networking for women in higher education and provide the opportunity for mentoring of women in academe.

Dr. Lisa M. Cobb joined the Cumberland University community in 2002 as a biology faculty. Her campus involvement has expanded beyond the biology classroom to the Office of Academic Affairs and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She was a recipient of the CU Teacher of the Year and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence award. In 2007, she assumed the roles of Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and oversight of academic assessment. In addition to these responsibilities, she continues to teach courses in the biology department (Genetics, Cell Biology, Immunology, General Biology, Principles of Biology, and Pathophysiology), stay active in her field, and remain engaged in student life as the sponsor of the biology honor society, Beta Beta Beta, faculty member of Alpha Lambda Delta, and promoting campus-wide recycling. awarded the 2006 CU Teacher of the Year and the 2010 School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence award.

Since 1980, Women in Higher Education in Tennessee (WHET) has provided professional development, mentoring and networking to women at higher education institutions across the state. The organization began by working collaboratively with the American Association of Community College Women and in 2001 formally merged with the American Council on Education (ACE-The Network) to better meet the needs of all women in higher education in Tennessee. Programs such as the June Anderson Award and the annual conference have supported the core values of education. Consistent with its mission, WHET is committed to professional development, networking, mentoring and promoting career opportunities for women at all levels, student and beyond, in higher education.