John G. Cooper

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Professor of Electronic Media and Film Studies

School of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts

129B Judy Sturgis Hill Building


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John Cooper was born in Toledo, Ohio. He has lived in Cincinnati, Boston and now, Ypsilanti. He has taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Detroit, Defiance College and was a teaching fellow at Bowling Green State University for three years. He has written the instructor’s manual for “Broadcasting, Cable, the Internet and Beyond,” the preeminent text for introductory media students, for the last 12 years.  He is also a sought after reviewer for textbooks. He has been part of the EMU faculty since 1993. He currently resides in Ypsilanti, close to both his son and daughter (EMU, 2011).


  • Ph.D., Mass Communication, Bowling Green State University, 1992
  • MA, Telecommunication Arts, University of Michigan, 1982
  • BS, Radio-TV-Film, Miami University, 1977


  • CTAT 130 Introduction to Electronic Media
  • CTAT 145 Introduction to Film Appreciation
  • CTAT 236 History/Criticism of Television
  • CTAT 333 Fundamentals of Electronic Moviemaking
  • CTAT 335 Studies in Film (Film Music)
  • CTAT 345 American Film Genres
  • CTAT 336 Electronic Media Law
  • CTAT 336 Digital Media Issues
  • CTAT 379 Streaming Media
  • CTAT 433 Advanced Electronic Moviemaking
  • CTAT 446 Contemporary Problems in Electronic Media
  • CTAT 447 Electronic Media Management
  • IMC 607 Multi-Platform Media II
  • Also area head for Electronic Media and Film Studies (2006–present)

Grants, Honors and Awards

  • Finalist for the Holman Learning Center’s Outstanding Classroom Instruction award
  • Recipient of the Alumni Association’s Teaching Excellence Award, 2012

Professional Affiliations

  • Broadcast Education Association
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication