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Joel Cox, Ed.D.

Interim Dean and Professor of Criminal Justice

Green Hall 1661K

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


Dr. Cox serves as the Interim Dean and Professor of Criminal Justice at Liberty University. He began his career in law enforcement in 1986 and has served as a sworn officer at the state and local level. Dr. Cox has worked or led most major division within the police department including property crimes detective, robbery detective, homicide detective, community-policing supervisor, full-time SWAT leader, and precinct executive officer. Dr. Cox was certified as a police instructor in 1991 and has taught at the community college or university level for over 10 years. After retiring from police service in the 43rd largest police agency in the United States, Dr. Cox transitioned to full time teaching at Liberty University. Dr. Cox sees his mission as training young men and women in the praxis of policing to become Christian influencers in the broad spectrum of the criminal justice industry.

Professional Memberships

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Police Executive Research Forum

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Research and Writing
  • Administration of Justice Organizations
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Justice Ethics
  • Interview and Interrogation

Research Interests

  • Police leadership dynamics
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