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Bowlin Earns Doctorate from Cumberlands


Williamsburg, Ky. – In August of 2012, Dr. Gina Bowlin, Chair of the Human Services Department at University of the Cumberlands (UC), obtained her Doctorate in Educational Leadership with an area of concentration in Social Work from University of the Cumberlands.

“The program helped me improve both my writing and research skills,” said Dr. Bowlin. “I also learned a great deal about educational leadership, which is beneficial for me as the Department Chair of the Human Services Department.”

During her time in the program Bowlin felt as though her writing and research skills improved tremendously. She also learned a great deal about educational leadership that is beneficial for her role as Department Chair.

Bowlin, who was raised in Fayetteville, OH, has been teaching at UC for five years after 10 years of working in the social work field. She started in the fall of 2007 as an adjunct instructor and was promoted to the assistant professor position in the spring of 2008. In the fall of 2008 Bowlin was named the Chair of Human Services Department.

When reflecting on her time at UC, Bowlin said, “University of the Cumberlands is a wonderful place to work. It’s a small, private school with Christian values, and in many ways it’s like a small family. I attended Cumberland College as a student and always aspired to come back and teach someday. When I set foot back on the campus in August 2007, it felt as though I was coming home. I believe we provide an excellent education for our students, and our students are entering the field well prepared for their jobs. I am blessed to have an excellent faculty to work with in my department and we have continued to see growth in our program. When I came in the fall of 2007 we had 34 majoring students. The academic dean told me this fall that our department is up to 81 majors. That’s a lot of growth in five years! We continue to anticipate great things in our department, and I’m looking forward my future at the UC.”

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; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.