Cole Woodcox



118 W. T. Weaver, Office 212

Cole works with colleagues across the consortium on programs and initiatives to strengthen public access to a liberal arts education.  Before joining COPLAC in 2017, he served as a professor of English, department chair, faculty governance representative, and academic advisor at Truman State University, a COPLAC member institution.  He also served on the Kirksville Historic Preservation Commission and on the executive board of the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation. 

Cole holds a DPhil and MPhil in English from the University of Oxford, an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and a BA in English from the University of Utah.  Woodcox has received several awards for teaching including the Governor of Missouri’s Award for Teaching Excellence.  He has written on Edith Wharton, travel literature, architectural history, and has nominated several buildings to the National Register of Historic Places


Claire Bailey

Program Manager


118 W.T. Weaver, Office 211

Claire is a native of Asheville, NC and joined the COPLAC team in 2013. She has a bachelor's degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University and a master's degree in Library and Information Studies from University of North Carolina Greensboro.


Tess Walker

Web and Design Coordinator

Tess has worked as COPLAC's web developer since 2022, and she is an experienced designer and programmer. She is a 2022 UNCA undergraduate, looking for a degree in New Media and Computer Science.