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Teaching Excellence Award recipient John Cooper
College of Arts and Sciences-Communication, Media and Theatre Arts

by Taylor Maguire, Published September 11, 2012

Cooper has been an educator at EMU since 1993, where he has made a great impact in developing and enhancing the Electronic Media and Film Studies program. Cooper's passion has influenced students to go above and beyond, and has inspired them with his positivity throughout the years. His unique and motivational teaching style has provided students with the ability to think outside the box.

In 2005, Cooper shot and edited a promotional piece for a $10 million capital campaign with the Salvation Army for new projects in Washtenaw County. Later that year, he was awarded with a Departmental Research Award that resulted in research on the history of local UHF TV station-WPAG. Along with being a department representative on an interdisciplinary team, Cooper was involved in the first ever web-cast of the College of Arts and Sciences' Undergraduate Symposium.

Before coming to EMU, Cooper started as a lecturer at the University of Michigan in 1983 and later continued educating at the University of Detroit, Bowling Green State University and Defiance College. In 1977, he received a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Miami University and followed with a Master of Arts in Telecommunication from the University of Michigan. He later graduated from Bowling Green University with a Ph.D. in 1992.

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