Joel Cox

Joel Cox, Ed.D.

Professor of Criminal Justice/Government

Office Hours By Appointment 
(434) 592-3702
Green Hall 1661

Areas of Specialization

  • Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice, Justice Administration, Criminology, Corrections, Criminal Justice Leadership. 

Professional & Academic Career

  • Ed.D., Organizational Leadership, Nova Southeastern University, 2007
  • M.P.A., Public Administration, Troy University, 1999
  • B.S., Business Administration, Old Dominion University, 1986
  • Virginia State Trooper
  • Sheriff Deputy
  • Lieutenant of Virginia Beach Police Department
  • Certified Police Instructor since 1991


Dr. Cox has a passion for public safety leadership. Dr. Joel Cox’s criminal justice experience spans 24 years. He has extensive state and local police experience. He has worked as a Virginia State Trooper, local sheriff deputy, and officer with the 43rd largest city law enforcement agency in America. Dr. Cox has worked assignments in patrol, undercover operations, community policing, property crimes, robbery, and homicide as an officer/detective.

He was promoted to sergeant and then to lieutenant. As a sergeant, he led on of Virginia’s only full-time SWAT Teams. As a lieutenant, he was second in command of 113 officers and staff in a precinct that serviced 34 square miles, 112,000 citizens, 8,000 businesses. He has been a certified police instructor since 1991.

Favorite Verse

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God." - Matthew 5:9

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