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14 Jul

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences has welcomed Lynne Cossman as the newly appointed Department of Sociology and Anthropology chair at West Virginia University The appointment, which is for a five-year period, became effective July 1.

[Snippet Error: This file has been deleted.]Cossman comes to WVU from Mississippi State University, where she served as department head of the sociology department. She earned her doctorate in
sociology and demography from Florida State University in 1996, and has more than 22 years of experience in higher education in the field of sociology.

“The department here poses new and different challenges that I’m excited about—the fact that there are three disciplines represented in the department, there are more faculty in this department than the previous department I worked in, and there are more faculty at various ranks,” Cossman said.

“I’m so excited to be here and to be working with the faculty. I’m looking forward to meeting the students and I’m really looking forward to every single aspect of the job.”

Cossman will be working with faculty to establish a sociology doctoral degree in the department.

She also plans to develop a committee that will assess the feasibility of creating separate undergraduate offerings for sociology and anthropology, and to continue strengthening the master’s program in sociology.

“Dr. Cossman is an exceptional scholar with experience that is going to help the Department of Sociology and Anthropology meet its aspirational goals. And she is an energetic leader,” said Eberly College Dean Robert Jones.

“Even before officially joining us, Lynne began actively engaging with new faculty hires and the developing of a new Ph.D. program in sociology.”

In the long-term, Cossman said she hopes to build a stronger donor support base for the department. She also wants to place a special emphasis on high job placement for graduates of all of the department’s programs.

For more information, contact Lynne Cossman at (304) 293-4823 or



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