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Hockett Cooper, Michele

Michele T Hockett cooper

Assistant Professor of Instruction
Department of Nutritional Sciences

Agriculture and Food Systems Specialist; EdEN Lab Member

Office Location

Postal Address
103 W 24TH ST
AUSTIN, TX 78712

Michele Hockett Cooper is a Lecturer in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at UT-Austin. Originally from northern Montana, Michele has experience with a wide range of agriculture and food systems: lifelong experience on her family's large-scale wheat and cattle operation in Montana; designing and running a small organic garden program at a children's summer camp; and supporting local producers in the Austin area through her past involvement with Green Gate Farms, the New Farm Institute, and the Sustainable Food Center Farmers' Markets. Michele holds a Master's degree in Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies from Michigan State University, and throughout her career she has worked with farmers and students from Malawi to Kazakhstan, and Montana to Texas. Michele received teacher training through her service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan where she worked in a secondary school as a TEFL educator. She is currently Adjunct Faculty at Austin Community College and she teaches the Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture course through the Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship Program. 

At the University of Texas, Michele has worked for four years as a Project Coordinator for the TX Sprouts research project through the Davis Lab (Department of Nutritional Sciences). In her role with TX Sprouts, Michele assisted with anthropometric data collection and taught gardening, healthy living, and nutrition lessons to Title I elementary school students throughout the greater Austin area. She also contributed to the creation and implementation of sustainability programs for school gardens through this project, and she continues to support central TX school gardens by facilitating garden-centered trainings for local teachers.

Michele is passionate about education, food, and farming, and she loves teaching UT students about these topics.