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Shirley H. Cooper
Regent's Proceedings 979

Shirley H Cooper, professor of physical education, has retired from active status as of December 31, 1983, after a most productive career of 22 years at The University of Michigan.

Professor Cooper did her undergraduate work at Illinois State University and completed her master's and Ph.D. degrees at the State University of Iowa. Professor Cooper taught for nine years in the public schools prior to joining the faculty at The University of Michigan in 1961. Professor Cooper is recognized as a leader in an experiential mode of instruction in teacher education. Her humanistic concerns were further evidenced by her active involvement in programs to combat racism and sexism in educational settings. She designed and implemented a professional preparation program that integrates the development of process skills with the technical skills of a teacher. Professor Cooper pioneered the introduction of movement education in this country. Her travels to England, workshop presentations, publications, and conference speaking engagements maintained her reputation as a foremost authority in the field of movement education.

Among her many service roles, Shirley Cooper coordinated the teacher preparation program within the Department of Physical Education, was chair of the School of Education Commission for Women and was a faculty representative on the Board of Control of Intercollegiate Athletics. The Regents now salute this distinguished physical educator for her dedicated service by naming her Professor Emeritus of Physical Education.