ECU University Studies Program
Dr. Nelson Cooper - Interim Director of University Studies Program
Dr. Nelson Cooper is currently serving as the Interim Director of the University Studies Program. He has been on the faculty in the Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies since 2003, and is a tenured associate professor. He served on the Faculty Senate from 2009-2013 and currently serves as Vice-Chair of Faculty Governance.
After finishing his undergraduate studies at NC State, Dr. Cooper accepted his first full time position at NC Wesleyan College as the Director of Campus Recreation. The experience energized him for a career in campus recreation and student affairs. After 2 years, he began graduate studies at East Carolina University, during which he served as a Graduate Assistant in Campus Recreation and Wellness and in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. Upon completing his masters in 1995, Dr. Cooper became a full-time instructor in the Recreation and Park Management degree program at ECU. In 2003, he completed his PhD at Clemson University and returned to ECU
His teaching and research interests include recreational sports programming, youth activity programming, and recreation and park planning and assessment. He has published various manuscripts in professional journals, mentored numerous graduate student theses and projects, and written performance management plans and assessment reports for recreation service agencies. He enjoys any activity that includes his wife, Mary Ann, son, Jefferson, and daughter, Bailey. His favorite activities include camping, hiking, and boating.
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