Title: Professor Emerita
Company: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Location: Hickory, North Carolina, United States
Cindy Culbreth Combs, Ph.D., Professor Emerita at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in political science and higher education.
Inspired by the dedication of her parents, who encouraged her to believe that the interaction with other individuals is what matters most, Dr. Combs grew up in a compassionate environment, being taught that helping others and reaching out to those in need were of the utmost importance. Discovering a career path in which she could make a genuine difference in her community, she attended Appalachian State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in political science in 1974 and 1976, respectively. After gaining valuable experience in the field, she returned to her studies at George Washington University and earned a Doctor of Philosophy in political science in 1984.
Commencing her vocation as a lecturer in political science at Appalachian State University in 1976, a role she held for one year and again from 1985 to 1986, Dr. Combs subsequently served as a graduate teaching fellow at George Washington University from 1979 to 1982. Joining the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1988, she served as an adjunct professor, assistant professor, associate professor and full professor of political science from 1988 until attaining emeritus status in 2018. Alongside her primary career endeavors, she served on the board of directors of the National Collegiate Conference Association and the Southern Region MUN, a role she has maintained since 1990. Likewise, she was the former president of the Central Piedmont chapter of the UNA-USA from 2000 to 2004.
Throughout her tenure, Dr. Combs has maintained affiliation with the International Studies Association and the UN Association of the United States of America, where she is a lifetime member and was the former president of her local chapter. Renowned in her field, she has developed models and programs for regional, national and international high school and college students through the United Nations. In addition, she was ranked in Harvard University’s Best MUN Awards in the top 25 programs on an international scale. Demonstrating versatility in her field, she was the author of “Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century” in the Encyclopedia of Terrorism, whose first edition debuted in 1997 and its eighth edition recently in 2018.
Locally involved, Dr. Combs has been a workshop presenter and national model on UN training conferences, as well as a consultant for the National Task-force on Terrorism through the Louisville Presbyterian Church since 2002. She was also a disaster team leader for teams traveling to Honduras, St. Martins and other Central American countries from 1998 to 2007.
In light of her outstanding undertakings, Dr. Combs has received numerous accolades. The recipient of a Bonnie E. Cone professorship in teaching from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2002, she was the six-time recipient of the International Faculty Award between 1995 and 2001. Listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, she also was honored with the North Carolina State Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the SGA Presidential Achievement Award, the United States Professor of the Year Award for North Carolina, the American Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha Award for outstanding teaching in political science, and the Bank of America Award, among multiple other awards.
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