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 Associate 


118 W.T. Weaver, Office 211

Claire is a native of Asheville, NC. She has a degree in Parks Recreation and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University with minors in English and Outdoor Leadership. She has worked for the National Park Service and the Biltmore Estate and is currently affiliated with the Thomas Wolfe State Historic Site in downtown Asheville.