In January 2010, Dr. Cobb began her service as the Director of Assessment. In June 2012, she was appointed as the Assistant Provost for Academic Innovation and Effectiveness. She joined the SIUE Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies in 2003, where she is an Associate Professor in Sociology and serves as Assistant Chair for the department.
Dr. Cobb earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she was a Donaghey Scholar. She earned her master's from the University of Central Arkansas and completed her doctorate at Tulane University.
She was the Director of Survey Research for the UALR Institute of Government prior to her arrival at SIUE. During her time in this position, she had the opportunity to work with leaders from government agencies, non-profits, and the university to develop research projects to inform their practices and policies. These experiences shape her teaching of research methods, data analysis, and the capstone course for sociology students, both undergraduate and graduate. She is excited to bring this methodological knowledge and administrative experience to the Office of Assessment.
During her time at SIUE, Dr. Cobb has become integrally involved with the senior assignment course for general sociology majors. In 2008, she received funding from the Office of Assessment to organize a course involving students in the design and implementation of an evaluation of the department's senior assignment course. The results of this project led to curricular change and facilitated one publication thus far. Her involvement in the senior assignment course and assessment encouraged Dr. Cobb's on-going engagement with assessment and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Recent publications stem from work on assessment, research on power and collaboration in hybrid forms such as university-community partnerships, and practices within survey research. The following list highlights her recent scholarship:
Cobb, P. Denise. 2009. "Struggling for Balance: Student Achievement and Faculty Perceptions of a Sociology Capstone." Creative College Teaching Journal (Special Issue on Capstone Courses). 5 (1): 82-98.
Cobb, P. Denise; Cindy Boland-Perez, and Patricia LeBaron. 2008. "Race-Matching: Interviewers' Reactions to the Race-Matching Process." December Issue.
Cobb, P. Denise. and Connie Frey. 2007. "Sociology 495: Senior Assignment Seminar" in The Capstone Course in Sociology. 4th edition. Edited by Theodore C. Wagenaar. New York: American Sociological Association.
Cobb, P. D., & Rubin, B. A. 2006. Contradictory Interests, Tangled Power and Disorganized Organization. Administration and Society, 38(1), 79-112.
Cobb, P. D.; Shefner, J.; & Rubin, B. A. 2006. Sponsored Social Change in a Public Housing Project. Qualitative Sociology, June, 1-21.