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Joel CoxJoel Cox, Ed.D.

Professor of Criminal Justice/Government

Office Hours
Mon., Wed. 3-6 p.m.
Tue., Thu. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Green Hall 1661




  • Ed.D., Organizational Leadership, Nova Southeastern University
  • M.P.A., Public Administration, Troy University
  • B.S., Business Administration, Old Dominion University

Professional Career

  • Virginia State Trooper
  • Sheriff Deputy
  • Lieutenant of Virginia Beach Police Department
  • Certified Police Instructor

Areas of Specialization

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


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 one 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.

Favorite Verse

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

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