Macon State College MVPs is a web feature that profiles notable students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Full name: Linda W. Cooper
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
Family: “My husband is Henry Cooper, and my daughter, Kim, lives in Ringgold, Ga., with her family. The rest of my family resides in Louisville."
Job Title: Professor of business.
Degrees: Bachelor of science in business, Cumberland College, Williamsburg, Ky.; master of science in business education, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green; doctorate in adult education, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Year she joined the Macon State faculty: 1991.
Some of her teaching career highlights are … "Serving as coordinator of the co-op program between Macon State College and Robins Air Force Base. The program began in January 2004, and approximately 140 students have been placed in co-op positions at the base so far. More than 75 of these students now work full time at the base. It is fulfilling to see these students pursue careers where they can put the knowledge and skills that they learned at Macon State to work at the base while also serving our country. Another highlight was my work with the University System of Georgia European Union (EU) Center. I had the opportunity to visit the various EU institutions in Europe and then work with a University of Munich Political Science professor to develop and co-teach an online European Monetary Union (EMU) course. Twenty students from the University of Munich and from the University System of Georgia enrolled in the course. It was a tremendous learning experience for the students and professors."
She enjoys teaching at Macon State College because … "It is extremely fulfilling to see students learn something new and be proud of their accomplishments. Many students will write me after graduation or once they go to work to let me know how their classes helped them with their careers and/or their lives."
Her favorite course to teach is … " 'Communicating in the Business Environment.' It is a class that not only helps students communicate better in the business world but also helps them become better communicators in their personal lives."
One thing people don’t know about Macon State is … "It is a fabulous value. Students get a first-class education, with excellent faculty, in a small classroom environment, at an extremely affordable cost."
One thing people don’t know about her is … "If they don’t know, it’s probably best."
In her spare time she likes to … "Travel, exercise and read."
The one person she'd most like to meet is … "Norman Vincent Peale. During his life he succeeded on so many levels - he was a successful minister, writer, businessman, motivational speaker and family man. His message was simple but optimisitic and a source of inspiration."
If she wasn’t a college professor she would be ... "I’ve always wanted to teach."