Cynthia R. Hancock, PhD
Cynthia Hancock, PhD is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at UNC Charlotte where she also serves as Undergraduate and Service Learning Coordinator for the Gerontology Program. She has a BS from Shepherd College, and MA and PhD from UNC Chapel Hill – all in Sociology. Hancock joined SPO in 2006 with the Gamma Psi Chapter where she serves as the advisor. She has received both the part-time and full-time lecturer awards for excellence in teaching from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UNC Charlotte where she teaches Aging and the Life Course, Families and Aging, Aging and the Life Course through Film, Sociology of Aging, and Graduate Research Methods. She has also been recognized by AGHE with the 2014 Distinguished Faculty Award. She has served as program co-chair for both SGS and AGHE and has served on AGHE’s K-12 Committee since 2004. She regularly presents at SGS, AGHE, and the North Carolina Conference on Aging. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Council on Aging since 2006.
Hancock’s interests are in intergenerational service learning, diversity, and the utilization of films to teach about aging. She has received internal grants to support increasing diversity and choice in the service learning experience at UNC Charlotte and was among the first at UNC Charlotte to have a course receive formal service-learning designation.