Dr. Craig T. Cobane
Chief International Officer, Interim Director of Study Abroad and Global Learning
Office: Honors Center - 105
Craig T. Cobane was appointed as the Chief International Officer for WKU in 2012. He is currently serving as the Interim Director of Study Abroad and Global Learning (SAGL) while a national search is being conducted. In addition to his role as CIO, Cobane is also the Executive Director of the Honors College where he holds the Jarve Endowed Professorship in Honors. He holds the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science.
He received his B.S. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he was awarded the university’s highest award for graduating seniors, the Chancellors Leadership Medallion. He went on to receive his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati. His areas of expertise include International Relations Theory, Terrorism/counter-terrorism, International security policy and modern political philosophy. He was a participant in the “Institute for Management and Leadership in Education,” sponsored by Harvard Graduate School in Education.
Cobane has participated numerous study abroad programs and has played a leading role in establishing WKU partnership with Harlaxton College and Semester at Sea. He currently serving as Principal Investigator (PI) for the Chinese Flagship Program grant funded by the National Security Education Program and was co-PI on the Undergraduate International Studies Foreign Language (UISFL) grant “Developing Asian Studies at WKU: An Interdisciplinary Integrated Approach to Language & Area Studies.”
Cobane is the recipient of four teaching awards, the highly regarded Salvatori Fellowship from The Heritage Foundation (Washington, DC), and was selected by the U.S. Atlantic Council to spend time at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. During the 2004-05 academic year, Cobane was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Defense Policy Fellow assigned to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Stability Operations at the Pentagon. His major responsibilities included non-kinetic counter-insurgency policy in Afghanistan and issues related to the GWOT (Global War on Terrorism). In 2005, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay selected him as a Distinguished Alumnus.