APRIL 6, 2020 — Medical sociologist and demographer Jeralynn “Lynne” Sittig Cossman, chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University, has been named founding dean of UTSA’s College for Health, Community and Policy and Mark G. Yudof Endowed Professor. She begins her duties May 11.
“Lynne Cossman is a creative, motivated and effective administrator who has a proven track record of building consensus across areas through collaboration and diplomacy,” said Kimberly Andrews Espy, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. “She is uniquely qualified to bring together the diverse disciplines within HCaP and lead the faculty, staff and students in crafting a common identity and implementing a strategic vision to advance the college.
“Further, she is a strong faculty advocate who has demonstrated the ability to recruit and retain high-quality and diverse scholars as well as to develop talent internally, and she has been successful in boosting research productivity and quality among her faculty and students.”
At West Virginia, an R1 research-intensive university, Cossman oversaw curriculum and program development in a department of 1,000 students in criminology, sociology and anthropology. Notably, she spearheaded the design and implementation of the university’s doctoral program in sociology, which enrolled its first cohort of 14 students in 2016 and now has grown to more than 30 Ph.D. students.
—LYNNE COSSMAN, Founding Dean of the College for Health, Community and Policy
She led the expansion of the department’s research infrastructure, including affiliating with multiple health science research centers, to support and provide funding opportunities for all doctoral students. Additionally, she facilitated the separation of a single sociology/anthropology major into two distinct ones, implementing changes to writing, capstone and general education requirements in tandem, and also facilitated the creation of a new online criminology major, which boasted an initial enrollment of 85 students in 2018–2019.
Cossman’s own research focuses on community health and health professionals. She has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services, among others. She is the author of approximately 70 peer-reviewed publications and has published in several sociology and interdisciplinary journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, Social Problems, Health and Place, Population Research and Policy Review, Sociological Inquiry and The Journal of Rural Health.
Her current research focuses on spatial concentrations of mortality and morbidity, the opioid epidemic and the Mountains of Hope cancer coalition in West Virginia.
Cossman says she is excited by HCaP’s charge to advance human health from a transdisciplinary perspective to better facilitate student preparation and address health disparities.
“By being a College for Health, Community and Policy, there is a real call to action for us to engage in research, outreach and other activity that supports the people of San Antonio and Texas and that makes a difference in our community. That mission really reflects my professional and personal values of doing work that matters,” said Cossman. “I look forward to working with HCaP faculty and staff to build a strong, student-centered culture for the college that interweaves our distinct disciplines.”
Prior to joining WVU, Cossman worked from 2001 to 2014 at Mississippi State University, where she earned tenure and later promotion to full professor. She served in several administrative roles, including head of the Department of Sociology, graduate program coordinator and director of the women/gender studies program.
Additionally, she was the founding director of the Mississippi Center for Health Workforce (2008–2012), which was established in response to the state’s shortage of highly trained health care professionals. She led strategic planning efforts there to seek funding to increase research in the areas of health care workforce demand, recruitment and retention.
Cossman previously held academic appointments at the University of Central Arkansas, Miami University and Florida State University. She earned a B.S. in sociology and women’s studies, an M.S. in sociology and a Ph.D. in sociology and demography—all from Florida State University.
UTSA’s College for Health, Community and Policy is dedicated to the advancement of public policy and practice that contributes to the public good within diverse local and global communities through nationally recognized research, educational programs focused on engaged learning and collaborative partnerships. The college comprises eight academic departments—criminology and criminal justice, demography, public administration, social work, psychology, sociology, kinesiology and public health—as well as the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research, the Policy Studies Center, and the Health and Kinesiology Research Laboratories. HCaP includes more than 175 faculty and more than 6,800 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees.
UTSA Main Campus will serve as a designated polling station during the early voting period, today through October 30, and on Election Day, November 3.H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104)
Alumni who majored in criminology & criminal justice, demography, kinesiology, nutrition & dietetics, psychology, public administration, public health, social work and sociology—you have a new UTSA college to call home. You’re invited to get to know the new college better during HCaP Happy Hour. Each happy hour starts with a brief discussion to introduce you to the work in the featured department before opening to questions, comments and your ideas.Virtual Event
Want to add Adobe programs to your course but you aren’t sure how? Stop by Adobe Office Hours for a casual conversation on how you can implement Adobe in your classroom.VIrtual Event
Gamified courses increase students’ motivation and participation and allow for the capability to reinforce knowledge and skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, persistence, and creativity. In a game-based learning environment, learners are involved in a more challenging, meaningful, empowering, and deep understanding process. Get engaged with us in a playful session about game design in Blackboard Learn.Virtual Event
Join this informative, interactive webinar with practical tips on how to plan your charitable giving now and for the future. Michael Perkins, member of the UTSA Alumni Association and the UTSA College of Business Accounting Advisory Board, is no stranger to gift planning. As managing partner and CEO of Slattery Perkins Ramirez P.C. (“SPR”) his primary areas of focus include counseling business owners, executives, and other high net worth individuals on personal financial issues, including estate planning, wealth transfer, and income tax planning techniques. Michael also practices philanthropy himself – establishing an endowed scholarship at UTSA as well as supporting numerous charitable causes throughout San Antonio.Virtual Event
UTSA Main Campus is a voting poll for Election Day on November 3.H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104
The University of Texas at San Antonio Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Showcase features undergraduate student research and creative endeavors from across the university.VIrtual Event
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.
UTSA is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) as designated by the U.S. Department of Education.
The University of Texas at San Antonio, a Hispanic Serving Institution situated in a global city that has been a crossroads of peoples and cultures for centuries, values diversity and inclusion in all aspects of university life. As an institution expressly founded to advance the education of Mexican Americans and other underserved communities, our university is committed to ending generations of discrimination and inequity. UTSA, a premier public research university, fosters academic excellence through a community of dialogue, discovery and innovation that embraces the uniqueness of each voice.