- B.A., Auburn University, 1976
- M.A., University of Alabama--Tuscaloosa, 1978
- Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1986
Jan Cooper came to Oberlin College in 1984 and is the John Charles Reid Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Composition.
She teaches Journalism Basics, Writing in the Sciences, and Queering the Reel, as well as supervising the Practicum in Journalism sponsored by the Department of Rhetoric and Composition. She co-teaches Field-Based Writing: Ecology of the Vermilion River Watershed in the First Year Seminar Program with Mary Garvin of the Biology Department.
Ms. Cooper's academic interests include journalism, writing in the sciences (especially Ecology), LGBT studies, and southern USA literature. She sometimes sponsors student research in grant proposal writing, Deaf community/American Sign Language, and the occasional Winter Term project in knitting. Ms. Cooper is currently researching the intersection of region, race, and sexuality in Queer American film and current issues in American journalism.
Ms. Cooper was named the first recipient of the Oberlin College Distinguished Teaching Award in the Humanities in 1998. She has also taught writing at the Universities of Alabama and Iowa and worked briefly as a technical writer at Auburn University for the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service.
For an example of Ms. Cooper's writing and editing, see Living in the Vermilion River Watershed (2008).