Dr. Gina Bowlin has been employed with the University of the Cumberlands since August 2007 and has served in higher education administration since October 2008. She first served in the role of Department Chair of Human Services. Dr. Bowlin worked in the social work field for 9 years prior to moving into academia. She spent one year with Clermont County Children’s Protective Services in Batavia, OH, as an ongoing unit social worker for children who were victims of abuse, neglect, and dependency. Additionally, she worked for 8 years in the medical social work field. In that capacity, she worked for Hospice of the Bluegrass in Harlan, KY, as a medical social worker and bereavement counselor. She also worked for Professional Home Health Care in London, KY, as the Social Worker Program Coordinator. Dr. Bowlin's array of social work employment has provided her with extensive experience in individual, family, and group counseling, case management, documentation, compliance, management and supervision, and working with people from a variety of backgrounds. She continues to teach part-time online as an Associate Professor of Human Services.
In August 2012, the University of the Cumberlands launched an undergraduate online program called the School of Lifelong Learning, and Dr. Bowlin was offered and accepted the position as Director. Four majors were offered in a 100% online, asynchronous format: Business, Criminal Justice, Human Services, and Psychology. The SLL continues to grow and now offers majors in Missions and Ministry, an RN to BSN program, and a new Elementary Education program. The School of Lifelong Learning is poised to meet the growing demand for online education and will continue to add new majors in an online format in the coming years.
Additionally, Dr. Bowlin supervises the University’s Dual Credit Program. UC has been offering on-campus dual enrollment course options to local high school students for many years. In August 2013, the University launched the Dual Credit Program with Corbin High School. UC now partners with eight different high schools to provide dual credit opportunities on their high school campuses with the goal of improving college success and increasing educational attainment for high school students in the state of Kentucky and elsewhere.
Dr. Bowlin is licensed in the state of Kentucky as a Certified Social Worker (CSW) and is a member of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) and of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She wrote her dissertation on the topic of social work faculty perceptions regarding religious belief systems and compatibility with professional social work. Other research interests include genocide and human rights abuses. In April 2015, she presented research on student responses to genocide and human violence at the End Violence Against Women International Conference in New Orleans. She has had several speaking engagements and invited presentations throughout her career in both social work and higher education. Dr. Bowlin is involved in Christian ministry and she and her husband lead the worship team in their church.
Mr. Halstead is an instructor for the Human Services Department. Prior to becoming an instructor, he worked for the Department of Juvenile Justice as the substance abuse continuing care coordinator covering eight counties. His primary job duties were completing mental health assessments, substance abuse counseling for juvenile delinquents, and protecting the public by providing supervision to offenders.
Mr. Halstead has also served as the Foster & Adoption Specialist for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services serving the Cumberland Valley Region. His job duties included consultation relating to policy interpretation, approving foster/adoptive homes, reviewing cases, training field staff on ASFA regulation regarding permanency, and investigating reports of maltreatment.
Mr. Halstead is a member of the Kentucky Mental Health Counseling Association, and National Certified Counselor Association. Mr. Halstead also works for Intrust Healthcare as a behavioral health therapist serving the Cumberland Valley Region specializing in juveniles that have been victims of abuse.
Ms. Jennifer Knuckles is an assistant professor for the Department of Human Services. Prior to being hired full time at the University of the Cumberlands in August 2010, she worked for child protective services and in school social work.
Initially went on to work for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Ms. Knuckles provided case management and completed investigations into child abuse, neglect and dependency cases. Her duties consisted of working with many systems including families, and the courts in two counties in KY. After four years with the Cabinet, Ms.Knuckles became the Coordinator of the South-Central Family Resource Center. This family resource center served Corbin Primary and Corbin Elementary students and families. Ms. Knuckles worked with families to provide life skills through literacy workshops. The program provided assistance with health services for the children. While serving as coordinator Ms. Knuckles began a character education program that every student became a part of. Ms Knuckles also worked as a leader of an award winning after school program. Educational support was provided for students through the family resource center in order to remove barriers to students’ learning. Ms. Knuckles served as coordinator for four years.
Ms. Knuckles is an active member of her church working with the youth program. She also continues to work at different times of the year with the Redhound Enrichment afterschool program doing quality control measures. Ms. Knuckles serves on the Corbin Community Coalition.