Jolie Woodson

Director, Center for Career Development

Jolie Woodson joined The Cooper Union in 2008 after serving in various roles in admissions, recruitment, and career development for the City University of New York and New York University. In her role as Director of the Center for Career Development, Jolie manages a range of programs and resources to support students’ career exploration and professional development. She develops and oversees dozens of workshops and events each year and delivers presentations on a range of topics to students, alumni, faculty, and parents. Jolie cultivates relationships with a broad array of stakeholders to develop opportunities and relationships to foster students’ professional and academic development. 

Jolie is also a doctoral candidate in the Higher and Postsecondary Education Program at Teachers College of Columbia University in the Department of Leadership and Organization studies. Her doctorate focuses on examining STEM teaching strategies in high diversity institutions. She is passionate about improving student success and persistence particularly among underrepresented racial minority students. She holds a BA in Psychology from New York University, an MSEd in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College's School of Public Affairs, and an EdM in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College of Columbia University.
 

  • 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.