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Motlow Associate Professor Scott Cook Earns Doctorate

January 20, 2012
Dr. Scott Cook, Associate Professor

Motlow College Associate Professor Scott Cook recently earned a Doctor of Education in History Education from Tennessee State University. His dissertation was entitled: Gilded Age Ohioan Presidents and American Progressive Education: How Ohio and Its Presidents Influenced and Shaped the American Public Education System. The work focused on the experiences, lives and work on behalf of public education of Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison and William McKinley.

Dr. Cook is the Honors Coordinator for Motlow's Moore County, Fayetteville and McMinnville locations. In addition to teaching history, he recently accepted the position of interim assistant vice president for academic affairs.

Cook attended Moore County schools K-12 and began his higher education at Motlow. He graduated summa cum laude, earning an Associate of Science degree in 2000. During his sophomore year at Motlow, he received awards for Outstanding Achievement in History and Outstanding Achievement in Political Science.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2001, graduating summa cum laude and honored with the C. C. Sims Award. Cook earned a Master of Liberal Studies degree from Fort Hayes State University in 2004.

Cook began his teaching career at Motlow's Smyrna Center as an adjunct instructor. He also taught as an adjunct at Nashville State Community College and Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga. His first full-time faculty position was at Georgia Military College in Columbus where he served as assistant professor of humanities and was named the Georgia Military College Employee of the Quarter in 2005. He became a full-time Motlow faculty member in 2006.

While at Motlow his awards and accomplishments include Who's Who in American Education, 2006; Faculty Excellence Award Nomination, 2007; National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Program Participant, 2008; Faculty Excellence Award Candidate, 2009; National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Program Participant, 2009; Faculty Excellence Award Candidate, 2010; National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Award, 2010; and the Faculty Excellence Award at Motlow, 2011.

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