Dr. Cooper Wakefield specializes in developing intercultural competence, the cultural differences between the U.S. and Asia, diversity, and interpersonal competence. He has been an Assistant Professor of Communication at Marian since 2014 and teaches courses including Intercultural Communication, Essentials of Interpersonal Communication, and Interpersonal Communication. He obtained his doctoral degree in intercultural communication from the University of Kansas, his master’s degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Illinois, and his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Cincinnati. Before coming to Marian he taught at the University of Kansas, in the graduate department at Shanghai International Studies University, and at the University of Illinois. His appreciation for the field of intercultural communication came largely as he studied and taught in China from 1995-2009. He has a continuing fascination with how people’s cultural heritage profoundly influences their worldview and communication mechanisms and is gratified when he’s able to help others navigate and affirm culture. The Oshkosh resident lives with his wife and two children, and besides being in the classroom he is happiest when he toils in his garden.