Detailed Information for Susan Cooper

Dr. Susan Cooper 
College of Education, West
 » Assistant Professor
Office Location
Ferguson Hall FE102A 
Voice: (940) 397-4816

Contact Information

My Websites


Research Interests Include:

Teacher Professional Development

Action Research

Best practices for teaching Mathematics

Fraction Issues and Understanding

Course Information

  Semester Course #    Section Course Name Location Days / Times
Details Fall 2013 EDUC 4202  101 and 102  Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School    Off-Campus 

TR 8:00AM-2:20PM

Details Fall 2013 5223  101 and 103  Planning for Teaching    Off-Campus 

MW 8-2:20

TR 8-2:20

Details Fall 2013 3162  101 and 102  Classroom Management    Off-Campus 

MW 8-2:20

TR 8-2:20

Education Background

Institution Degree    Graduation Date
University of Alaska-Fairbanks BA 1991-12-10 0:0:0 
Universty of Phoenix-Online M.Ed.-Curriculum and Instruction 2003-9-24 0:0:0 
Baylor University Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction (Math Emphasis) 2009-8-9 0:0:0 

Employment Background

Institution Position Start Date / End Date
 Lake Air Middle School, Waco, TX  Mathematics Teacher, Department Chair  08-15-2003  05-31-2009
 North Pole Middle School, North Pole, AK  Mathematics, Language Arts Teacher  1994 Fall  2000 Summer
 Sylvan Learning Center, Anchorage, AK  Assistant Center Director  2000 Summer  2003 Spring
 Baylor University  Graduate Assistant, Adjunct Faculty  2006-09-01  2009-08-09
 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay  Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education  2009-08-25  2013-06-15

Research and Publications

Cooper, S. (2010). Action research: Its impact on teacher efficacy. Saarbrucken, Germany: LAMBERT Academic Press.

Stallones, J.R. (2011) Philosophy of Education. San Diego: Bridgepoint Education.

  • "A Bit of Logic" (p. 169).  
  • "Reading Instruction: Phonics versus Whole Language" (pp. 203-4).
  • “Online Education” (p. 236-237).
  • “A Personal Philosophy of Education: Stability in Times of Change” (p. 237).

Cooper, S., Wilkerson, T., Montgomery, M., Mechell, S., Arterbury, K., and Moore, S. (In press). Developing a theoretical framework for examining student understanding of fractional concepts: An historical accounting. Forum on Public Policy.

Cooper, S., & Null, J.W. (2011). “New” ideas in old contexts: Warren Colburn and mathematics curriculum and teaching. American Educational History Journal, 38(1), 145-158.

Hutson, T., Cooper, S., & Talbert, T. (2011). Describing connections between science content and future careers: Implementing Texas curriculum for rural at-risk high school students using purposefully-designed field trips. The Rural Educator, 31(1), 47-57.

Beaujean, A.A., & Cooper-Twamley, S. (2010). Pass the globe: Teaching bootstrapping without using a computer. Teaching Statistics, 32(2), 57-59.

Cooper-Twamley, S., & Null, J.W. (2009). E.L. Thorndike or Edward Brooks: A comparison of their views on mathematics teaching and curriculum. American Educational History Journal, 36(1).

Cooper-Twamley, S. (2009). [Review of the book Football and philosophy: Going deep, by M.W. Austin, Ed.]. Western Journal of Black Studies, 33(1), 74-75.


Southwest Educational Research Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, February 2013—“Field Experience and Efficacy Indicators of Elementary Pre-Service Teachers Teaching Mathematics and Science”

Belizean International Symposium on Education, Belize City, Belize, January 2013—“Examining an Alternative Field Placement Model”

Oxford Round Table on Early Childhood Education, Oxford, England, March 2012—“Developing a Theoretical Framework for Examining Student Understanding of Fractional Concepts

School Science and Mathematics Association Annual Conference, Colorado Springs, CO, November, 2011—“An Examination of Teaching Models: Exploring Elementary Students’ Fractional Understanding”

Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, February 2011—“Breaking the Silence: Pre-service Teachers’ Attitudes Towards Action Research”

Achievement Gap Midwest Regional Conference, Chicago, IL, November 2010—“FLAG, FROG, and Einstein: Addressing the Achievement Gap”

Organization of Educational Historians Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, September 2010—“Warren Colburn and Mathematics Curriculum and Teaching: “New” Ideas in Old Contexts”

Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, February 2010—“Action Research and Its Impact on PDS Partnerships”

International Society for Intelligence Research Annual Meeting, Madrid, Spain, December 2009-- “Further Examination of the NLSY PIAT-Math and PPVT-R Items that Exhibit the Flynn Effect”

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics National Conference, Washington, D.C., April 2009—“Developing Fractional Thinking in Early Grades: Do Models and Varied Representations Matter?”

Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Dallas, TX, February 2009—“The Impact of Research on Learning from All Levels of Educational Degree Work”

Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Dallas, TX, February 2009—“Action Research and Its Impact on Teacher Efficacy: A Mixed Methods Study”

Midwest History of Education Society Conference, Chicago, IL, October 2008—“E. L. Thorndike or Edward Brooks?:  A Comparison of Two Historical Figures on Mathematics Curriculum and Teaching”

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference, Oklahoma City, OK, October 2008—“ Fraction Pieces and Parts: Lessons for Kindergarten and Up”

Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching, Dallas, TX, July 2008—“Achieving Excellence through Understanding Fractions: Discrete or Continuous? That is the Question!”

Society for the Study of Curriculum History Annual Conference, New York, NY, March 2008—“E. L. Thorndike or Edward Brooks?: A Comparison of Two Historical Figures on Mathematics and Curriculum Teaching”

Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, February 2008—“Engaging Teacher Candidates in Collaborative Research: An Empowering Approach to Best Practice and Life-Long Learning.”

Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Tulsa, OK, January 2008—“Engaging Preservice Teachers in Research on Mathematical Thinking in K—3 Students.”

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference, Houston, TX, November 2007—“Dice and Multiple Maths in K—3”

Phi Delta Kappa Regional Conference, Denver, CO, March 2007—“Success for All Students: Leadership to Build Partnerships to Address the Achievement Gap.”

2006 Holmes Partnership National Conference with a team from Baylor University, February 2006—Closing the Texas Achievement Gap.

Region 12 Middle School Conference 2005—Dealing with Data: From “So What?” to “Now What?”

TMSA State Conference: 2005—Dealing with Data: From “So What?” to “Now What?”; 2004—Teaming and a Behavior Management Tool