Faculty Profiles

Dr. Deirdre Cobb-Roberts

Professor and program coordinator, Social Foundations of Education

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Email: cobbrob@usf.edu

Deirdre Cobb-Roberts, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies and serves as coordinator of the Social Foundations in Education Program. Additionally, she is a USF faculty affiliate within the Higher Education & Student Affairs Program and Women and Gender Studies Department. Dr. Cobb-Roberts is a former McKnight Faculty Fellow. Dr. Cobb-Roberts received her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Her research focuses on historical and contemporary challenges of equity and treatment in American higher education with an emphasis on mentoring, teacher preparation, and social (in)justice in education. She has presented her research at major conferences including the American Educational Research Association, American Educational Studies Association, History of Education Society, and the Critical Race Studies in Education Association.

Dr. Cobb-Roberts’ publications include multiple book chapters and articles in the History of Education Quarterly, American Educational Research Journal, Journal of Teacher Education, International Journal of Educational Policy, Research and Practice, Educational Considerations, Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning and NASPA Journal about Women in Higher Education, amongst others. She has a co-edited a book, Schools as Imagined Communities: The Creation of Identity, Meaning and Conflict in U.S. history, and just completed her second co-authored book, Black Women, Academe, and the Tenure Process in the United States and the Caribbean.