Dr Cockett earned a bachelor's degree in English with a secondary teaching certification from Messiah College in 1989. She went on to earn a master's degree in library science in 1993 and a doctorate in communication in 2000, both from Rutgers University.
Previously, Dr. Cockett worked as an assistant professor and director of undergraduate studies at Rutgers from 2000 to 2001. She also worked as an instructor in Rutgers' communication department from 1999 to 2000.
She teaches courses in Organizational Communication, Qualitative Research Methods, Nonverbal Communication, Group Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and a cultural analysis course about the history and cultural impact of Cinderella.
Her research interests in communication focus on group interaction, particularly how professional work practices relate to issues of identity. She also conducts research in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and is primarily interested in the communication process in the classroom.
Dr. Cockett served as the Director of Juniata's James J. Lakso Center for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in the 2014-2015 academic year. Her research has been published in Women and Language, The International Journal of Public Participation, as well as book chapters in various books in communication and library studies. She has presented research at the International Communication Association, National Communication Association, Eastern Communication Association, Pennsylvania Communication Association, SoTL Commons, and Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, as well as at Library and Information Science conferences.
Dr. Cockett has served on a variety of professional and academic committees, and has chaired the Baker Institute Board at Juniata College, and the Children's Literature Council of Pennsylvania. An activist, she co-founded a local chapter of SURJ â?" Showing Up for Racial Justice.
In 2006, Dr. Cockett was awarded the Henry and Joan R. Gibbel Award for Excellence in Teaching. She received the Graduate Student Teaching Award from the International Communication Association (ICA) in 1999.
Lynn lives in Huntingdon with her daughter Hannah, her husband, Jon Tveite, and her dog, Roscoe.