Cooper joined the Pacific Lutheran University Department of Philosophy in 1984 and has served as the Lutes' Faculty Athletic Representative since September 2010.
Cooper holds graduate degrees in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and also holds a master's deree in theology. His main areas of interest are the philosophy of religion and the philosophy of science, especially the question of methodological parallels between metaphysical inquiry and scientific theorizing (e.g., abductive reasoning). Favorite courses, in addition to those areas, include Formal Logic and The Examined Life. He has served as department chair and as dean of the Division of Humanities, as well as on many university committees.
Cooper was presented PLU's Facilty Excellence Award- Excellence in Advising in 2005.