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Adam Cochran

Instructor of Mass Communication

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Escalante Hall 113



MA, University of Memphis

BA, Colorado Mesa University


Adam Cochran received a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado Mesa University and Master of Arts from the University of Memphis in journalism and emerging media projects. He is also a Coleman Entrepreneurship Fellow. The Coleman Foundation supports educators who incorporate entrepreneurship principles in cross-discipline classrooms.

Cochran's professional specialties are emerging media and print communication topics. He teaches such courses as Social Media, Emerging Media, Editing and Design for Print, Desktop Publishing, Photojournalism 1 & 2, Multimedia Storytelling and Media Software Application. He is also the faculty advisor for Horizon Magazine and co-advises the campus chapter of Society of Professional Journalists.

In addition to instructing higher education courses, Cochran has 25 years of professional experience in radio production, 10 years' experience in newspaper and magazine production and seven years' experience as the owner and operator of a computer technician business. Over the past three years, Cochran has produced multiple video profiles for various local organizations and individuals.

Cochran's key pedagogical interest is in the role of disruptive innovations on communication, business and education. Cochran's pedagogical approach promotes the concept that life lessons and experience bring relevance to traditional academics.​ All of his courses incorporate modified flipped-classroom through STEAM model project-based teaching methods.

In 2015, Cochran's team was the top regional finalist for Colorado's Go Code competition, a state program designed to bring together entrepreneurs and computer programmers to develop a new app or website resource for Colorado's businesses, tourists and residents.