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Milton D. Cox, PhD

Title: Associate Editor
Company: Leadership in Higher Education at Frontiers in Education
Location: Oxford, Ohio, United States

Milton D. Cox, PhD, associate editor at Leadership in Higher Education and Frontiers in Education, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in academia.

With nearly 60 years of experience in education, Dr. Cox has made significant contributions to the field. Currently, he serves as an associate editor for Leadership in Higher Education at Frontiers Media since 2021. Concurrently, he has held the positions of director and editor-in-chief emeritus at Miami University since 1980. His tenure at Miami University, beginning in 1966, was particularly impactful. Notably, he served as the founder and director emeritus of the Original Lilly Conference on College Teaching since 1981 and as the editor-in-chief of the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching until 2020.

Dr. Cox also held several other prestigious roles at Miami University, including founder and editor-in-chief of the Learning Communities Journal from 2009 to 2019, founder and director of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching from 2003 to 2010, associate provost for Teaching Effectiveness Programs from 1983 to 2003, assistant provost for teaching effectiveness programs from 1982 to 1983, associate professor of mathematics, director of undergraduate studies, and chief departmental advisor from 1972 to 1980, and assistant professor of mathematics, director of undergraduate studies in mathematics, and chief departmental advisor from 1966 to 1971.

Additionally, Dr. Cox held other roles in the educational realm. He served as an educational consultant for the Center for Teaching Excellence at Miami University from 2015 to 2019 and as an honorary consultant for the Center for Teaching and Learning Development at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China in 2018. He was also an educational consultant for the Center for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and University Assessment at Miami University from 2010 to 2014, and a visiting fellow at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at Queensland University of Technology in 2012. 

Furthermore, Dr. Cox served as an educational consultant for the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University from 2011 to 2012 and has presented at numerous conferences and symposia. He has made significant contributions to numerous publications in the field of education. His work has been featured in esteemed journals and magazines, including Learning Communities Journal, Reflections on Life in Higher Education, Chef Educator Today, and the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching.

Before embarking on his professional path, Dr. Cox set a solid foundation through education. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from DePauw University in 1961 and went on to complete his PhD in mathematics at Indiana University Bloomington in 1966.

Beyond his responsibilities within the field, Dr. Cox has participated in numerous civic activities. He is actively involved with the Oxford Methodist Church and donates to Alzheimer’s organizations. He has also held significant positions within professional organizations, such as chairman of the Ohio Section of the American Mathematics Society and president of Pi Mu Epsilon.

Dr. Cox has been recognized with several prestigious awards throughout his illustrious career. He received the Presidential Medallion from Miami University in 2018 and the Distinguished Service Award from Miami University in 2010. He was also honored as one of the Top 4 in U.S. National Recognition by Miami University in 2006. Additionally, he earned a Certificate of Special Achievement from the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education in 2005 and a Certificate of Excellence from Miami University in 2004. His earlier accolades include the Theodore M. Hesburgh Award from Miami University in 1994 and the C.C. MacDuffee Award from Pi Mu Epsilon in 1988. He has also been recognized as a National Service Learning Ambassador, underscoring his significant contributions to the field of education.

Dr. Cox attributes his success to his proficiency as a systems convener, a leadership style that brings together groups from different departments and disciplines to work toward common goals. His ability to unite individuals from disparate backgrounds and facilitate collaboration has been instrumental in his many accomplishments.

Dr. Cox became involved in the field of education to enhance the teaching and learning of early-career faculty. A grant from the Lilly Endowment in 1979 paved the way for the creation of a model aimed at providing support for these endeavors. This initiative marked a significant shift in faculty development, focusing on teaching excellence rather than solely on research. His major contribution to faculty and academic development is his initiation and establishment of faculty learning communities (FLCs) in higher education. He has secured state and federal grants to support his work, presenting FLC workshops at over 100 universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad. His invited keynotes and seminars include universities in Australia, China, South Korea, Sweden, Denmark, the U.K., Canada, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Kazakhstan and Colombia.

Looking ahead, Dr. Cox is enthusiastic about continuing to make a positive impact on people’s lives. He regularly presents his research at the Lilly conferences and is eagerly anticipating the release of three books focused on faculty learning communities, for which he has written the forewords.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Dr. Cox is a father of four and has a passion for family, architecture and collecting Santa Clauses. He aspires to continue making a positive impact on people’s lives through his ongoing research presentations and notes his contributions to faculty learning communities as a cornerstone of his distinguished career.

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