The University of Phoenix-Springfield Campus has named Dawn Cope as its 2011 Faculty of the Year. Cope, who grew up in Jenkins and attended Jenkins and Cassville schools, teaches general education courses, critical thinking and writing and assists with faculty assessment, certification and development and student orientation at the Springfield campus. She has a 12-year association with the University of Phoenix as a graduate student, academic counselor and student administrator. She has served as a faculty member since 2004. Cope has a bachelor's degree in agriculture science and animal health and sciences from the College of the Ozarks and a master of business administration from the University of Phoenix-Central Valley Campus. She also earned a teaching certification at California State University in Bakersfield, Calif. In addition to serving as a University of Phoenix faculty member, she works as an analyst for HealthMedX, Inc., in Ozark. The company provides software for post hospital entities, such as long-term care facilities, home health services and hospices. Locally, she assists with the Cassville FFA Chapter and teaches Missouri hunter safety education courses.