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Henderson native Dr. Andrew Woods earns faculty award from Wingate University

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Wingate University, near Charlotte, N.C., has recognized a Henderson native for excellence in research and scholarship and two more Tennesseans for excellence in teaching this year.
Dr. Andrew Woods, from Henderson, was awarded the Excellence in Research & Scholarship Award for his work with the Wingate University School of Pharmacy. Dr. Alison Brown won the Charles and Hazel Corts Award for Excellence in Teaching, presented annually for meritorious teaching on the part of a professor who has been a member of the faculty for at least five years. The Debra M. O’Neal Award for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes distinctive service in the classroom and is reserved for those who have been on the faculty for eight or fewer years, went to Dr. Christy Cobb. Both Brown and Cobb are from Kingsport.
Andrew Woods
Dr. Andrew Woods received his doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in Memphis. He joined the practice faculty at Wingate in 2009 and currently provides clinical pharmacist services at Atrium Health in Charlotte, precepting third- and fourth-year student pharmacists.
Dr. Woods received national recognition for his work in respiratory medicine in 2020. He provided a lecture on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease to almost 1,300 pharmacists at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Midyear Clinical Meeting. His reputation as an expert in respiratory medicine has grown in recent years, and he is one of 60 clinicians and the only pharmacist in the United States retained as a speaker for Boehringer Ingelheim’s Speakers’ Bureau for 2021. Dr. Woods was invited to join a consortium of clinicians in writing a review article focused on caring for patients experiencing an acute exacerbation of COPD in the hospital setting. He published two manuscripts and a book chapter in 2020, all of which were related to respiratory medicine.
Dr. Woods also presented an original research abstract on antidepressants and COPD exacerbations at the American Thoracic Society’s annual meeting, with an encore presentation for the American College of Clinical Pharmacy. In a year of challenges from the Covid pandemic, his expertise in respiratory medicine was recognized with numerous opportunities to educate healthcare professionals on respiratory pharmacotherapy.
Alison Brown
A professor of biology and an 18-year veteran of the department, Dr. Brown earned her undergraduate degree in animal science and two master’s degrees at the University of Tennessee, then completed her doctorate in reproductive physiology at West Virginia University.
She served as chair of Wingate’s Department of Biology for several years and was instrumental in establishing a $50,000 endowment from GlaxoSmithKline to provide scholarships for female biology and chemistry majors. She also led the effort to develop an articulation agreement between Wingate University and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, paving the way for more Wingate graduates to pursue medical studies after graduation. Dr. Brown has mentored several students conducting research with her at the USDA Sheep Experiment Station in Idaho.
Christy Cobb
Dr. Cobb earned a bachelor of arts in religion and communication from Carson-Newman College, master’s degrees from Campbell University and from Wake Forest University, and a doctorate in religion from Drew University. Serving as assistant professor of religion at Wingate since 2016, her engaging teaching and strong mentorship have enticed numerous students to pursue religious studies. Dr. Cobb published a book in 2019 titled Slavery, Gender, Truth, and Power in Luke-Acts and Other Ancient Narratives.
“Dr. Cobb is an inspiring instructor, always encouraging students to think beyond the surface level, be inclusive of all cultures and opinions, and get involved in research and other academic endeavors beyond the classroom,” wrote student Allison Barbee in nominating her professor. “She has helped students prepare for conferences, learn languages important to the field of Biblical studies, and guided students in potential career and life choices. Dr. Cobb is one of the most encouraging and supportive professors I have ever met.”

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