By Megan Brake – Dr. Michael Cook, Economics Professor Emeritus, is retiring at the end of this school year after thirty-seven years of teaching, thirty-five of which have been at William Jewell College. Among his degrees, Dr. Cook holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in General Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics with a Masters in Latin American Studies from Vanderbilt University in 1983. It was during a teaching fellowship while writing his Doctoral dissertation that Dr. Cook discovered his passion for teaching.
Dr. Cook has spent his life helping others, especially through education. Throughout his career, he has cherished his interactions with thousands of students and taken satisfaction from seeing his students grasp and apply the material that he presents. Not only does he love helping others learn, but he also loves the subject he teaches. He has dedicated his career to learning and teaching economics primarily for the reason that he is passionate about the field.
Dr. Cook will miss his students, colleagues and the treasured friendships he has developed at Jewell over the years, but after he retires he plans to stay in contact with his students while also planning to attend events and lectures held at the college. He is looking forward to helping take care of his grandchildren. He is also open to other possibilities including working as a consultant in curriculum assessment, as he has done in the past for schools in Hong Kong, and teaching opportunities abroad.