Dr. Christine Copper

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Dr. Christine Copper is a Professor of Chemistry and the Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) at the United States Naval Academy (USNA). Christine was a three-time All-American collegiate tennis player, team captain of a national championship program, has 13 years of tennis coaching experience, and has spent 21 years teaching college students; she recently won the USNA Class of 1951 Civilian Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. She earned a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Mary Washington in 1991 and a Ph.D. degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Tennessee in 1995. She has been on the faculty of USNA since 1995 and remains active in undergraduate teaching and research.


In her 8 years as the USNA FAR, she has been instrumental in making improvements to the areas of institutional control and academic integrity of athletics and in student-athlete well-being on her campus and at the conference and national levels. She currently serves as the President of the NCAA’s Faculty Athletics Representative Association, is the only FAR on the NCAA Division I Governing Board, and is on the Advisory Board of the Harvard Seminars for College Athletic Leaders. She is the USNA liaison to the USNA, Patriot League and American Athletic Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC).


Christine is one of the founders of the USNA Team Captain’s Leadership Program which is designed to educate and empower team captains so they can successfully lead their peers in the athletic, academic and military arenas of USNA. She has worked with several other institutions on designing and implementing athletics leadership programming; including running numerous Leadership Academy Summits for students and coaches. She has an exceptional ability to connect with, inspire, and teach college-age students.