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Dr. Cooper has been a full-time teacher of English at HCC since 1991. Previously, she had been an adjunct faculty member at HCC (1976-1991), as well as a full-time English instructor at UMBC (1983-1991). Not only does she love teaching at HCC, she also loves learning.
Dr. Cooper believes that reading literature and learning to effectively express themselves in writing are essential skills for all college students. Indeed, she agrees with Donald Hall who said: “When we read great literature, something changes in us that stays changed. Literature remembered becomes material to think with….Reading is an experience that equips us to observe, measure, and judge the people and properties of our universe.” In her classes, students write independently about what they’ve read. This encourages a process of discovery that leads the students to a clearer understanding not only of the literature itself but also of themselves and of how that something changed in them.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Cooper has served HCC in the following roles: 1) Coordinator for Full-time and Adjunct Faculty teaching literature courses; 2) Coordinator for Full-time and Adjunct Faculty teaching composition courses; 3) Coordinator for Full-time and Adjunct Faculty teaching writing intensive courses (which include all Humanities, Social Science and Literature General Education courses); 4) Curriculum and Instruction Committee (English and World Languages Representative as well as Chairperson); 5) General Education Committee (English and World Languages Representative as well as Chairperson); 6) Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Faculty Advisory Committee; 7) Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Disciplinary Committee for Associate of Arts in Teaching – Secondary Education English.
Finally, Dr. Cooper is very active in national professional organizations. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) committee on “The Public Image of the Two- Year College.” For the Two-Year College English Association-Northeast Region (TYCA-NE), Dr. Cooper has served as Chairperson (2004-2007 and 2008-2010) and as Vice-Chairperson (2001-2004). Also, she has worked on TYCA-NE’s Conference Planning Committees (2001, 2004, 2010). For the National Two-Year College English Association (TYCA), she has served on the National Executive Committee (2004-2010).
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