Cristina Cottom

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of English, Humanities & Communications
Worldwide College of Arts & Sciences
Worldwide campus

I have diverse experience as an educator, advisor, and college instructor. My strengths include teacher education, online course development, integration of research-based teaching and learning, active learning strategies, and collaborative learning environments.  As a teacher, I have integrated research-based teaching and learning into several courses. I have also taught a variety of ESL, English, and Education courses. 


  • Ed.D. - Doctor of Education in Curric & Instr, Liberty University
  • E.D.S. - Education Specialist in Curric & Inst, Liberty University
  • M.A. - Master of Arts in Teaching: English Language Learners, Lipscomb University


Atwell, A., & Cottom, C. (2018, June). Who am I? The identity crisis of a researching academic developer. Poster session presented at The International Consortium for Educational Developers Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Cottom, C., Atwell, A., Martino, L., & Ombres, S. (2017). Virtual community of practice: Connecting online adjunct faculty. In press. 

​Cottom, C., Atwell, A., & Ombres, S. (2017). New adjunct faculty outreach: Making a connection. Journal for Centers for Teaching and Learning, 9, 34-46.  

Atwell, A., Cottom, C., & Ombres, S. (2017, October). Virtual Faculty Learning Communities: Making an impact from a distance. 75-minute presentation at the 42nd Professional and Organizational Development Network Conference, Montreal, Quebec.

Cottom, C. (2017, March) New Adjunct Faculty Outreach. Poster session presented at the annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Commons Conference, Savannah, GA.

Cottom, C. (2017, February). Supporting English Learners in Your Online Courses. 50-minute presentation presented at Pennsylvania State University System of Higher Education Virtual Conference on Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment.


Professional Organizational Development Network (POD) Diversity Committee- Grants Coordinator    

Conference Peer Reviewer- Professional Organizational Development Network (POD)

Conference Peer Reviewer- International Consortium Educational Development (ICED)

Conference Peer Reviewer- American Education Research Association

Conference Peer Reviewer- International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Journal Peer Reviewer- To Improve the Academy

Journal Peer Reviewer- International Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network                                                                                                      

Online Learning Consortium (OLC)                                                                                                                                                    

American Education Research Association      

Fort Hays State University-Grant Proposal Writing Certification                                                                                                    

Association of Talent Development- Evaluating Learning Impact Certificate

Quality Matters- Rubric and Peer Review Certificate                                                                                 


Professional and Organizational Development Network Grant

Cottom, Cristina, P.I.; Atwell, Angela, C.I.; Martino, Lisa, C.I.; & Ombres, Sara, C.I. “Virtual Communities of Practice: Scaling, Belonging, and Effective Feedback,” POD Network Grant, 2017-2018, $3,700.00 

Online Learning Consortium

Ombres, Sara, P.I.; Cottom, Cristina, C.I; Martino, Lisa, C.I.; Atwell, Angela, C.I. “Virtual Community of Practice for Globally Dispersed Online Adjunct Faculty,” Effective Practice Award, 2017.

Professional and Organizational Development Network Early Researcher Grant

Ombres, Sara, P.I.; Cottom, Cristina, C.I; Martino, Lisa, C.I.; Atwell, Angela, C.I. “Virtual Community of Practice for Globally Dispersed Online Adjunct Faculty,” POD Network Early Researcher Grant, 2016-2017, $1,000.00.