Dr. Evelyn E. Cooper became the assistant dean for academic programs the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland (UMD) in 2012. In this role, she oversees AGNR’s student support services and serves as the director of retention, diversity, and inclusion initiatives. She has implemented several student programs and initiatives for AGNR and the campus community, including the Summer Opportunities in Agricultural Research and the Environment (SOARE at UMD) and Ag Discovery at UMD, both initiatives geared towards encouraging underrepresented students to pursue agricultural and environmental careers. As an educator and administrator, Dr. Cooper seeks innovative ways to foster a dynamic learning environment and to promote high quality experiences through her leadership.
Dr. Cooper has been involved in university teaching, research, program development, and administration at UMD for more than 25 years. She joined UMD from Grambling State University, where she served as an assistant professor in the Geography, History and Philosophy Department. She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. degree in Geographical Science at UMD and her B.S. degree in Geographical Science with a concentration in Earth Science at North Carolina Central University.