About Us

Martha Schulman, Program Director

An experienced writing teacher who has taught at Columbia University, The Cooper Union, and in Beijing, Martha earned her A.B. at the University of Chicago, a Masters of Art in Teaching at Brown University, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing at Columbia University. She has worked with students at the Cooper Union since 2005.  In addition to her work at the Center for Writing, Martha also teaches Cooper’s Freshman Seminar and leads upper-level writing-focused seminars on Virginia Woolf and Jorge Luis Borges. 

About the Faculty

All Cooper Union Summer Writing Program faculty members have been specifically chosen for their excellence, passion, and ability to communicate with students.

About The Cooper Union Center for Writing

The Center for Writing is a primary site of writing instruction at The Cooper Union, available to students for any issues relating to writing, reading, or speaking. Associates work with students at all stages of the writing process-from reading and thinking about an assigned text, to brainstorming ideas, drafting, and revising across a wide range of disciplines and texts. The Center stresses techniques that let students gain control of their material and find ways to get their ideas on the page clearly. Writing Center Associates have extensive experience working with undergraduates pursuing technical and studio-based majors and are familiar with a wide range of learning styles.

About The Cooper Union

Established in 1879, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art is among the nation's oldest and most distinguished institutions of higher education. Founded by inventor, industrialist, and philanthropist Peter Cooper, it offers an unparalleled education in art, architecture, and engineering.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.