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Adjunct Instructor of Political Science
Location: Cumberland University
B.A., California State University, Fullerton
M.A., California State University, Fullerton

Laurene Weidner is an adjunct professor, teaching federal government and American politics.  She joined the Cumberland University faculty in January 2018. Her professional expertise is in state and federal education policy and institutional effectiveness.  Prior to moving to Tennessee last year, Weidner spent 30 years in top leadership positions in K-12 educational agencies and higher education institutions in California.  

Throughout her career, Weidner has led advocacy, governmental affairs, strategic communications and parent and family engagement.  Prior to joining Cumberland’s faculty, she was the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Public Affairs for the California State University Office of the Chancellor, the nation’s largest four-year public higher education system.  Before that time, she held leadership positions with one of the state’s largest community college districts and the California School Boards Association, and served as the executive editor of California Schools magazine.  She is currently the CEO of a consulting business that teams with colleges and universities to improve student retention and completion rates.  

Weidner has earned more than 40 international, national and statewide awards in governmental affairs and strategic communications.  She is published in California Schools, Thrust for Educational Leadership and the Journal of Public Relations.  She is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America and holds a bachelor’s in Communications and master’s in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton.  

She is active in political campaigns and volunteers for the Wilson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).