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Tommy Cox

Lecturer, Social and Behavioral Sciences (Social Work)

Tommy Cox
Office: 210 Moore Hall
Address: Campus Box 851
(252) 335-3971
Fax: (252) 335-3843

Tommy Cox is a Lecturer and the Director of Field Education in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He joined ECSU in the fall of 2004 as an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Social Sciences Department and became a full-time faculty member in the fall of 2008. He serves on the Substance Abuse Prevention Committee, Career Services Board and Grevience Committee. He is the founding advisor to the Pi Psi Chapter of the Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society. Mr. Cox previously taught at the Norfolk State University School of Social Work and at Bryant and Stratton College before becoming a full-time faculty member at ECSU. He obtained his M.S.W. degree from Norfolk State University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Social Work with his research interest being military veterans experiencing PTSD resulting in criminal and anti-social behaviors, women serving in combat roles and also health care utilization and barriers to treatment.

Mr. Cox’s experiences in social work and criminal justice expand over three decades and include many fields of the social work and criminal justice profession. He has had employment in school social work, medical social work, forensic social work, social work practice with people with disabilities, social work practice with a non-profit agency and social work education. As a special assignment in the juvenile justice system, he served as a field education agency supervisor for over twenty years. In his capacity of probation and parole manager with the Department of Juvenile Justice, he supervised undergraduate student interns completing degree requirements in social work, criminal justice, psychology, sociology and interdisciplinary studies at several Colleges and Universities. As a military social worker, Mr. Cox served both as an enlisted member of the United States Army and as a military officer. He completed two years as a behavioral specialist, where he attained the rank of Specialist 4, and over fifteen years as a social work officer in the U. S. Army Reserves, where he attained the rank of Major. Mr. Cox is a Vietnam era veteran and served active duty during Operation Desert Storm. Mr. Cox is a Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate in the state of North Carolina (2010).

In 2014, Mr. Cox was recognize for excellence in teaching and awarded the Departmental of Social and Behavioral Sciences Departmental Teacher of the Year Award. Mr. Cox has received recognition of other accomplishments from Who’s Who among America’s Colleges and Universities, a Distinguished Service Award from Lambda Mu Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority , and awards for Outstanding Alumni from Elizabeth City State University and Outstanding Contributor from Department of Youth and family Services. Mr. Cox has presented at many conferences and programs on topics pertaining to violent juvenile offenders in the criminal justice system, including at WPEC Radio, Virginia Council on Social Welfare, Tidewater Regional Group Home Commission. He was also a guest speaker for Social Work Month at Elizabeth City State University and his topic was “The Many Faces of Social Work”. He also participated as a panelist and presenter for the Hampton Roads public schools, Regent University Black Law Students Association, ECSU Black History Month Observance, and numerous other organizations. Mr. Cox received special recognition at ECSU for his work as a Faculty Research Mentor for the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Mr. Cox is an active member of the Council on Social Work Education and recently acted as an evaluator for programs and presentations for the 2013 Annual Program Meeting. He is also a member of the North Carolina Field Educators Consortium, life member of the Elizabeth City State University National Alumni Association, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.

BS, Elizabeth City State University (1968-1972)
MSW, Norfolk State University (1975-1979)
PhD, Norfolk State University (2011-Present)