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.