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Outstanding Faculty Service Award 2008-2009
Sharon Cobb

Sharon Cobb
Economics and Geography

Sharon Cobb is a winner of the Faculty Association’s Outstanding Service Award for 2009. A native of the Isle of Man, British Isles, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Geography, Coggin College of Business. Even though the traditional breakdown of work as an academic, places ‘service’ as the least important activity when compared to the amount of time and effort spent on teaching and research, she has always believed that the breadth of service for the university, for the profession and for the local community is critically important and constitutes an important ingredient for success at all levels of academia.

At the university level, she was the long-standing college representative to the General Education Council having been appointed by the dean in 1999. She joined the General Education Assessment Taskforce in 2005 and she still serves General Education in this way. She has served the Faculty Association in several ways over the past 10 years, being appointed to serve on the Faculty Association Strategic Planning Committee in 2003, then elected to a 2 year term for 2004-06. She was elected to serve on the University Honors Council, 2004-06 and elected to serve on the Research Committee and served as joint-secretary from 2006-08.

At the college and department level, level, she was chair of the department’s Curriculum Committee responsible for APC forms for five years, and served on the department’s faculty Search Committee every year since 1999. She developed the minor in geography for the department in 2008. She chaired the department search committee for a geographer twice and recently acted as ad-hoc chair of the departmental by-laws committee. She was a member of the college Distance Learning Committee from 2000-04 and then on the new (re-named) ‘e’-learning committee from 2006-08.

Her professional service includes proposal review for the National Science Foundation; manuscript review for leading journals of economic geography including Economic Geography, Urban Geography, Growth and Change, Geografiska Annaler; and text book review for Wiley Publishers. She was a member of the editorial board of the Southeastern Geographer and was elected by her peers in Florida to a 2-year term as State Representative to the Southern Division of the Association of American Geographers in 2004.

For the local community her greatest achievement was election as President of Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Northeast Florida in 2008. This institution supports all Phi Beta Kappas in Northeast Florida and reaches students at UNF, JU, Flagler College and Edward Waters College. Her service to local schools has also been an important part of her life n Jacksonville. She has been a member of the Merrill Road/Don Brewer Elementary School Advisory Council since 2003 and chaired the SAC twice. She served the Duval Public School system by participating in the recent Academic and Community Excellence (ACE) initiatives addressing school facilities, school enrollments, and boundary changes.