Dr. Sandy Cooper
Sandy Cooper is a former associate chairman of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, whose heart for student success is clearly evident.
“I am here to help WSU students realize their dreams,” she says. “Getting students into the right level of math ensures that they are poised for success from the start. I love teaching first-year students and working closely with colleagues to assess and improve the design and effectiveness of mathematics courses.”
Always a strong and steady advocate for students she has worked tirelessly, and relentlessly, behind the scenes to provide opportunities for students to succeed in their courses. She was instrumental in the creation of the Math Learning Center (MLC), a heavily-utilized center that provides free tutoring for students in mathematics and statistics courses. She was also instrumental in helping facilitate the creation of a WSU STEM Residence Hall, and was a key player in implementing an accurate Mathematics Placement system for incoming students taking mathematics courses at WSU. A true professional, she currently serves as Director of Foundational Curriculum in Mathematics and has redesigned several entry-level mathematics classes that have resulted in favorable student outcomes.
Co-founder of Project PRISM (Promising Reform in Science and Math), Dr. Cooper led a collaborative effort between WSU and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Lewis-Clark State College, and seven public school districts including Grand Coulee Dam, Inchelium, Okanogan, Omak, Pullman, Spokane, and Wilbur, from 2002 through 2005 to examine culture and gender issues in teaching and content. Project PRISM was funded for $886,505 through the National Science Foundation.