Joel Cox

Joel Cox, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice/Government

Office Hours By Appointment
Phone: (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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