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James Wesley Cooper

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Managerial Studies


Building & Room:

UH 2202


601 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:

(312) 413-9047


  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Managerial Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012-Present
  • Academic & Organizational Consultant 2009-Present
  • Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Managerial Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012-2013
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Various Universities, 2005 – Present
  • Talent Manager /Consultant, Synergy Global Resources, 2009 - Present
  • Manager of Staffing Services, Siemens Building Technologies, 2007-2008
  • Human Resources Manager – Corporate Functions, Andrew Corporation, 2006-2007


  • Strategic Management and Competitive Strategy
  • Human Resources Management
  • Organizational Development/Behavior
  • Entrepreneurship
  • External Business and Society
  • Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility
  • Negotiations
  • Training and Development
  • Strategic Compensation
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Leadership and Managerial Decision Making

Research Interests

  • Racial and Learner Identity African American/Black Student Success
  • Business Simulations and Gaming
  • Professional Identity

Selected Publications

  • Teaching Methods in Business Series Chapter – Computers Simulations & Gaming Volume – Academy of Management, Edward Edgar Publishing–Publish Date: July 2022. ISBN 978-1-83910-242-4
  • Cooper, Jr. J.W. (2013). Talent development of instructors in online higher education: A mixed methods study of instructor effectiveness. (Doctoral dissertation). ProQuest Dissertation and Theses. (To be published March 31, 2013).
  • Cooper, Jr. J.W. (2009). Insights for a venture capital talent management model. Exploring the C-Suite for Sustainable, Socially Responsible Business Models. Midwest Academy of Management Proceedings.


2018 -Present PhD – Learning Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL.
2013 PhD - Organizational Development and Change, Benedictine University, Lisle, IL.
2004 MBA – Human Resources Management, Cum Laude. DePaul University Chicago, IL.
1998 BBA – Finance, Magna Cum Laude. Loyola University, Chicago, IL.

Licensures and Certifications

  • SPHR – Senior Professional Human Resources
  • SHRM-SCP – SHRM Senior Certified Professional

Research Currently in Progress

Road to Graduation: African American Students Affirmational Changes in Radicalized and Learning Identities