Teaching Support

In addition to our flagship Writing Fellows Program, the Center runs several programs designed to support teaching across the college. Our philosophy for faculty development mirrors our philosophy for student development. All workshops and discussions are faculty-centered: the faculty are the experts; our role is to facilitate thinking and discussion driven by that expertise.

Pedagogy Breakfasts

We recently began what we hope will become a tradition, hosting monthly, informal discussions on effective pedagogy open to all Cooper faculty. The breakfasts are held outdoors on the Alumni Roof Terrace. To keep the group at a good size for discussion, faculty spots are limited.

Faculty Development Workshops

The Center hosts a number of faculty development workshops each year (with at least eight planned for the 2021-22 academic year). The workshops attract faculty from the three schools and HSS, creating a vibrant, growing teaching community that stretches across the disciplines. Topics focus on strategies that promote effective teaching and better student learning. 

Keep an eye on this space for details on this year’s faculty workshop lineup.

  • 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.