Jewell Cooper

Teacher Education and Higher Education (TEHE) Department
Jewel Cooper headshot

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Services, Professor
Office: 321 SOE Building

Research Interest

  • Equity/multicultural education
  • Specifically community-based learning
  • Culturally relevant pedagogy
  • Teacher development


  • Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Development, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction/Instructional Technology and Design, University of Memphis (formerly Memphis State University)
  • B.S. in Intermediate Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Dr. Cooper’s service in the field of equity/multicultural education includes Chairperson of the Multicultural Education Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Association of Teacher Educators. For more than a decade, her UNCG students have participated in community-based learning projects where they explore the educational experiences of their students within their learners’ home/community environments. She has also conducted professional development related to diverse learners, culturally responsive teaching, and inclusive practices for both public and private schools.

Link to Dr. Cooper’s CV


Cooper, J. E., & Cooper, J. N. (in press) Mother to son: The role of cultural and social capital in African American intergenerational success. In C. P. Gause (Ed.), Leadership, Equity, and Social Justice in American Higher Education–A Reader. New York: Peter Lang Publishers.

He, Y., Cooper, J. E., & Tangredi, C. (2015). Why do I stay? A case study of a secondary English teacher in an urban high school. Teacher Education Quarterly, 42(1), 49-66.

Cooper, J. E., & He, Y. (2013). Beyond the joys of teaching: Stories of four novice teacher candidates. The New Educator, 9(2), 98-118.

Cooper, J. E., & He, Y. (2012). Journey of “becoming”: Secondary teacher candidates’ struggles and concerns. Issues in Teacher Education, 21(1), 89-108.

Cooper, J. E., He, Y., & Levin, B. B. (2011). Developing critical cultural competency: A guide for 21st century educators. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Brown-Jeffy, S. L., & Cooper, J. E.** (2011). Toward a conceptual framework of culturally relevant pedagogy: An overview of the conceptual and theoretical literature. Teacher Education Quarterly, 38(1), 65-84. **Authors share first authorship.

Cooper, J. E., Kurtts, S. A., Baber, C. R. & Vallecorsa, A. (2008). A model for examining teacher preparation curricula for inclusion. Teacher Education Quarterly, 35(4), 155-176.

Cooper, J. E. (2007). Strengthening the case for community-based learning in teacher education. Journal of Teacher Education, 58(3), 245-255.