As a pre-K – 12 school leader, she was dedicated to student achievement and professional learning for faculty and staff. Dr. Cobia wrote and secured millions of dollars in grant funding for use in instruction, curricula, career technical education, and safety areas. She served on numerous state, regional and national committees that studied ways to increase student success through use of instructional strategies and technology. She was the Alabama representative to the National Center for Education Statistics for six years and formed professional networks across the country. She was an advocate for pre-K programs and had two of the first programs in Alabama in Sylacauga City Schools. She also developed innovative Career Technical programs in three school systems and two alternative schools in partnership with the juvenile court system.
In her 9 years at Samford, Dr. Cobia has had 17 peer reviewed articles and 26 non-peer reviewed articles published; 1 book published September 2015 and another one published August 2018; 27 international/national/district professional presentations; 18 state presentations; and as team member with Auburn University, the University of Alabama and the Alabama State Department of Education secured a $1.9 million grant from the United States Department of Education for training administrators to lead Turnaround Schools in Rural Alabama.
She has served on the Nominations and Leadership Development Committee for Kappa Delta Pi, numerous committees for ASCD, the CLAS Board of Directors, chair of 46 dissertation committees and as committee member on 19 dissertation committees, chair Diversity Committee OBB School of Education and member University Diversity Committee, chair Curriculum committee OBB School of Education and member University Curriculum Committee, member University SACS committee, and member University Library Work Group.
Areas of specialization include: fiscal planning and budgeting, curriculum and instruction, organizational dynamics, team building, facility design and planning, leadership training, professional development, coaching and mentoring.