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Now residing in Mountain Home, Idaho, Sam Cox taught at UCM for 26 years while also sharing his passion for communication with students across the globe. The former recipient of the Byler Distinguished Faculty Award retired in December 2011.
A professor emeritus of communication, Cox also held positions such as faculty director of the Middelburg Center for Transatlantic Studies in the Netherlands, and was an exchange faculty member, faculty fellow, and visiting research professor in places such as the United Kingdom, Mexico, the Netherlands, and China while he served UCM. He joined the university in 1985 as an assistant professor of speech communication and was promoted to professor in 1995. During his tenure, Cox served from 2001-2004 as chair of the Department of Communication, and he spent a year working as a special adviser to the provost for innovation and instruction.
During the first half of his university career, Cox was actively involved in forensics activities at the local, state and national level, hosting student tournaments on campus, the annual Forensics Showcase, Great Debate, and the touring British debaters. While he served as director of forensics, UCM never finished less than tenth place in national competition.
Cox presented numerous workshops on campus and for professional groups and organizations, and was active in many research activities that led to papers, presentations, journal articles, a book, and book chapters. His campus service includes two terms as president of the Faculty Senate.
An alumnus of the University of Arizona, Cox’s college education includes bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the same institution. He also completed two post-doctoral internships, one with the Department of Human Resources at Kansas City Power and Light Company, and one with the Sales Training Department at Hallmark Cards.