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.
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.