Dr. Jim Cooke

Dr. Cooke is a teacher who comes to the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences from the extinct Department of Industrial Technology (R.I.P. 2004), where he was a full professor and Departmental Chairman.  He has been an active member of the National Association of Industrial Technology, International Technology Education Association, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers throughout his professional career. He holds a certification as a Senior Industrial Technologist and has been a faculty member at ACU since 1982.

Since 1992 Dr. Cooke has been teaching sections of a general education core science course entitled Environmental and Technological Science. He currently teaches multiple sections of this freshman course and two upper level courses, Environmental Thought and Energy Resources. In 2004 he joined the faculty in the A&E Department to pursue his passion for teaching and the environment. He currently holds active memberships in the Sierra Club, Lone Star Chapter, American Solar Energy Society, Texas Solar Energy Society and the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. He also is a member of various environmental Non-governmental Organizations. Cooke advises for the Outdoor Studies track within the Environmental Science Degree and participates on outings with the Exercise Science adventure classes.

Cooke is the sponsor of the Outdoor Club which has over 100 student members. Cooke has successfully authored equipment grants for Photovoltaic electrical generation, an electrical vehicle and an industrial robot. A grant from the Charles A. Lindbergh Foundation for free "purple bikes" for intra-campus transportation at ACU was not funded but maybe re-submitted. Cooke’s dissertation research was a study of andragogy, a learning model for the non-traditional student. It is a qualitative study utilizing oral history techniques. His research interests are Sustainability, Stewardship, Renewable Energy and Global Carbon Reduction.

While on a faculty renewal leave during the spring semester of 2005 he spent 10 weeks in San Marcos de colon living with a Honduran family, studying Spanish and culture, and working with Mission Lazarus to set up a carpentry school. He took a group of students to Honduras May 2006 to do forest and forage assessments on the 700 hectare Las Palmas Orphanage. If you are interested in becoming involved with the continuing Honduran vocational mission outreach for May 2008, just ask. Cooke is a sailor, certified open-water scuba diver, dirt bike enthusiast, skier, and backpacker. For 20 years he was a leader for Summer Summits, a Christian wilderness adventure program based in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. He now takes church groups on adventure backpacking trips. Cooke is the owner of a 2004 Toyota Prius, a gasoline/electric hybrid and a partial zero emission vehicle (PZEV). Actual miles per gallon 42 city / 51 highway. He commutes to ACU on a yellow Honda Rebel 250 motorcycle (which averages 71 miles per gallon) except when it is pouring rain, below freezing or a wind-chill of below 0° F.

Cooke has been married to Cynthia since 1972 who has a big heart for students. She has held numerous career positions on campus including financial aid, student services, campus life, Dean of Students, University 100 teacher and currently serves as a counselor in Career and Academic Development office. more...

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