Faculty Profile

Iris Cooper, D.B.A.

Adjunct Faculty and Doctoral Faculty Advisor



Dr. Iris Ann Cooper's career includes leadership positions in financial services, economic development, communication, government, entrepreneurship, and education. She is the owner of JustAskIris an entrepreneurial coaching firm, specializing in food enterprises and products. Iris is a founder of Glory Foods, Inc., a multi-million-dollar food marketing company, and has launched several successful enterprises during her career. She is recognized nationally as a business strategy and branding expert, having coached many startups to sustainability. Iris is the former Director of the Ohio Division of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, where Iris led the state from 29th worst place for small businesses in 2007 to the ninth-best in the nation, and 1st in the Midwest in four years. She currently works with nonprofits and for-profit organizations desiring market research, strategy development, and other professional services. She currently teaches entrepreneurship, marketing, and communication as an adjunct professor at Franklin University. Her contributions to entrepreneurship are now included in the History Makers Collection at the Smithsonian Institute. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Central Ohio Chapter, and the Indiana University Alumni Association. Iris holds a BA in Journalism and an MBA in Marketing from Indiana University. She also attended Fisk University for two years. Her DBA is from Walden University in Entrepreneurship and her doctoral study was focused on small business mortality and entitled "The First Four Years: A Small Business Sustainability Study."


Walden University (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Doctor of Business Administration, Business Administration
Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana)
Master of Business Administration, Marketing
Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana)
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism


Protecting Human Research Participants Certification, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research

Work Experience

2012 - Present
Franklin University, Adjunct Faculty & Doctoral Faculty Advisor
2012 - 2012
Franklin University, Adjunct Faculty
2009 - Present
Columbus State Community College, Adjunct Instructor