Dr. Jim Cope


Executive Director of the Distance Learning Center


  • Ed.D., University of Georgia
  • M.Ed., University of Georgia
  • B.S.Ed., University of Georgia


  • Office: 3203 Campus Loop Road, Room 110
  • Telephone: 470-578-3626
  • Emailjcope@kennesaw.edu


Dr. Cope collaborates with Dr. Leeds and the DLC Advisory Committee to develop and maintain high quality distance learning courses, programs, and resources. He manages DLC daily operations and communication including programmatic review of online course quality. He also oversees current DLC publications and web presence.


  • 2015 University of West Georgia Distance Learning Administration Conference Best Paper Award
  • 2012 Recipient of The Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE) Lunceford/Capen Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding service to the organization.
  • 2006 Recipient of the KSU English Department Distinguished Service Award
  • 2005 Finalist, KSU University Distinguished Teaching Award


  • Leeds, E. and Cope, J. "MOOCs: Branding, Enrollment, and Multiple Measures of Success" in Distance Learning Administration Annual & Conference Proceedings 2015

  • Warner, M., Steffen, C., Cope, J. Peery, B. (2010) "Raising the Bar for Twenty-First-Century Teacher Preparation" in Breaking the Mold of Preservice and Inservice Teacher Education: Innovative and Successful Practices for the 21st Century, edited by Cohan, A. and Honigsfeld, A.


  • Vega, A. and Cope, J. Online Consortium Annual Distance Learning Convention, "Fostering Academic Partnerships to Support a MOOC Initiative," Orlando, FL (October, 2014).

  • Leeds, E. and Cope, J.  Online Consortium Annual Distance Learning Convention,"New Learning Models Virtual Assessment Center -- Processing, Evaluating, and Monetizing MOOCs for College Credit," Orlando, FL (October, 2014).

  • Cope, J. and Leeds, E. Online Consortium Annual Distance Learning Convention, "Not an Ivy? -- A MOOC Pathway to Credit for State and Comprehensive Institutions," Orlando, FL (October, 2014).

  • Cope, J. Georgia Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference, "Glogster and Interactive Boards to Create E-Centers for Student Learning," Callaway Gardens, GA. (February, 2011).