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UC awards Dr. Anita Bowman tenure


Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands (UC) Associate Professor of Exercise and Sport Science, Dr. Anita Bowman has been awarded tenure as announced by Dr. Larry Cockrum, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Bowman earned a B.S. in health and physical education with a concentration in exercise science from Manchester College. She earned a M.S. in physical education from Ball State University and a Ph.D. in exercise science with a concentration in biomechanics from the University of Kentucky (UK).

While working toward her doctorate at UK, Bowman was employed as a teaching assistant and a biodynamic laboratory manager. Prior to working full-time at UC, she was employed as a visiting professor at Transylvania University, an adjunct professor at Georgetown College and an instructor at Union College. She has also worked as a research assistant for motion laboratory research at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children of Lexington. Bowman is especially involved with both UC’s campus and the community. She has served with Relay for Life, Heart Disease Awareness Month (“Go Red for Awareness”), the Health Promotion Campus fitness Program and Mountain Outreach, among others. She also recently served on the General Education Review Committee.

In addition to her duties and service to UC, Bowman also serves as Deacon at First Baptist Church (FBC) in Williamsburg. She is a Reclaiming Futures Natural Helper with the Whitley County Juvenile Court and CRCC. Additionally, Bowman is involved in the Center Shot Youth Archer Ministry at FBC-Williamsburg and is a master gardener for the Whitley County Extension Office.

Last year, Bowman was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award at UC. She has also received the Miles Community Service Award and was named Kentucky Colonel. Bowman joins six faculty member receiving tenure and/or promotions this year.

In addition to performing on an adequate level, professors applying for tenure must also show evidence of distinction, promise of continued growth as well as demonstration of service to the university and the community. Faculty members who apply are required to compose a narrative explaining their teaching philosophy, collect letters of recommendations from supporting faculty and students and appear before the Tenure and Promotions Committee for an interview. Tenure is usually awarded after seven years of full-time service at the university and promotion to associate professor.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.