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About David L Cooper

Jefferson professor receives prestigious Acorn Award for teaching
Professor David Cooper of Jefferson Community & Technical College has been selected as one of only two recipients of the 2011 Acorn Award. This annual award, presented by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, is given each year to outstanding instructors exhibiting “excellence and commitment to students at Kentucky’s public colleges and universities."Cooper, who teaches composition and African American history, frequently has been recognized for his unique and innovative teaching methods. For example, he helped develop an integrated co-teaching course, combining African American history and literature. He also has earned a reputation as an energetic and creative instructor, dedicated to his students.
“David Cooper is passionate about his teaching in a way that engages the whole classroom. His responses to my student writing encouraged me to further develop my writing,” said Karen Kay, a former student of Cooper and currently a faculty member at Indiana University Southeast.
Cooper has been with Jefferson Community & Technical College since 1983 and has taught a variety of English courses, including African American literature, American literature and Introduction to Film.
“David has a diverse background and a passion for his subject and teaching that he brings to the classroom,” said Tony Newberry, president and CEO of JCTC. “This award is a wonderful credit to David and to the caliber of the Jefferson faculty. It is a well deserved recognition of one of the college’s finest faculty members.”
Cooper is the second JCTC faculty to earn the award, which went to English professor Marlisa Austin in 2008.
Active beyond his classroom, Cooper also serves the college on the African American Students of Excellence Committee, Black Affairs Advisory Committee, and he is co-chair of the General Education Assessment Committee. He has taught in the Kentucky Governor’s Scholar’s Program; won several “Teacher of the Year” awards; and was the honorary recipient of Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson’s “Professor David Cooper Day.”
A talented writer and researcher, Cooper has been published in Essence Magazine, Kentucky Poetry Review, The Bluegrass Literary Review, Black Enterprise and most recently in the Journal of the Southeast Teaching English in the Two-Year College.
A graduate of Bellarmine University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English, Cooper also earned a master’s in African American Studies from Clark-Atlanta University and completed 39 hours in Rhetoric and Composition in the Ph.D. program at the University of Louisville.
The Kentucky Advocates first presented the Acorn Awards in 1992. Recipients are chosen based on recommendations by faculty and students as well as self-written essays about their philosophy of teaching.


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