Mindy Cooper


Academic Adviser
Community and Regional Planning
Landscape Architecture

Learning Communities Coordinator

Degrees and expertise
BA, Iowa State University, Anthropology
MS, Iowa State University, Interdisciplinary Studies
Secondary Education Teaching Certificate

Where to find her
288 Design

How to contact her
(515) 294-3680
Facebook: College of Design @ Iowa State University

About Mindy
Malinda Cooper, who goes by Mindy, is the academic adviser for students in landscape architecture and community and regional planning. She can answer your questions about either of these programs, as well as help you understand the requirements for becoming a licensed landscape architect. Mindy also coordinates the College of Design’s first-year learning communities, the Design Collaborative and the Design Exchange. Contact her to find out more.

Mindy graduated from Ames High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in 2000 and a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2005, both from Iowa State. She joined the College of Design academic advising staff in August 2006 after six years as an academic learning specialist in the ISU Athletics department, where she worked primarily with student-athletes with learning disabilities.

What do you enjoy most about working with students?
I enjoy helping young people establish and meet their goals.

Why did you choose to attend Iowa State?
Iowa State provided an affordable education that allowed me to work with nationally and internationally prominent professors in anthropology. Also, I look good in red.

What is special about the College of Design?
The College of Design provides freedoms, both creatively and socially, that are not always maintained in other colleges.

What are some little-known things about you?
I am an accomplished photographer who has judged 4-H photography at the county and state levels for 15 years. I could live on peanut butter and sweet pickle sandwiches. I have subscriptions to Smithsonian and Dog Fancy magazines.

What is on your iPod?
78G of stuff, mostly cartoons that range from classic Looney Tunes to 1980s Transformers to the contemporary Back to the Barnyard.