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.
Her research interests focus on group interaction, particularly how professional work practices relate to issues of identity. She has taught courses in Organizational Communication, Qualitative Research Methods, Group Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Communication and Information Theory. In addition, she has taught library science courses in genre fiction and public library services to youth.
Dr. Cockett's research has been published in the journals Knowledge Quest and Library Trends. She has written chapters in the following books: Identity Matters: Communication-Based Explorations and Explanations; Young Adults in Public Libraries: A Handbook of Materials and Services; Mosaics of Meaning: Enhancing the Intellectual Life of Young Adults Through Literature; and African American Voices in Young Adult Literature: Tradition, Transition, Transformation. She also presented research at meetings of the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association and the Association for Library and Information Science Education.
Dr. Cockett has served on a variety of professional and academic committees. She also was a member of the board of directors for the Children's Literature Council of Pennsylvania from 1994 to 1998 and served as the group's president in 1997. She received the Graduate Student Teaching Award from the International Communication Association (ICA) in 1999. She is a member of ICA and the national Communication Association. Dr. Cockett was awarded the Henry and Joan R. Gibbel Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006.
Lynn and her husband, William White have a daughter Hannah and reside in Huntingdon.