National organization elects UHV educator to leadership role

Thomas Cox

A University of Houston-Victoria assistant professor in the School of Education & Human Development recently was elected to a leadership position in the nation’s premier association for adult education.

Thomas Cox, who also is the school’s adult and higher education program coordinator, is the new secretary/treasurer of the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education Commission on Professors of Adult Education.

“This organization has meant a lot to my personal and professional development in the last four years,” Cox said. “I wanted to become more involved and give back to the group, and also represent UHV on a national level.”

Cox was elected earlier this month by AAACE members at the organization’s annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio. The not-for-profit organization is based in Bowie, Md., and provides leadership for the adult and continuing education field.

As the AAACE secretary/treasurer for the next three years, Cox will have many duties, including coordinating the review of research proposals for presentations at the annual conference and chairing the national graduate scholarship awards committee.

Cox started at UHV in the fall and was charged with developing a new Master of Education in Adult and Higher Education degree program. The program is under review by UHV’s Graduate Studies Committee.

Before coming to UHV, Cox taught nontraditional adult students in the University College at the University of Memphis for three years and was the university’s coordinator of academic advising for two years prior. He has published research on adult education in such journals as Adult Learning Quarterly, The International Journal of Learning, and the Learning Styles Research Journal.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Cox join the School of Education & Human Development, and he is already putting UHV on the map with this leadership role,” said Lawrence Rossow, dean of the school. “AAACE is getting a valuable resource with the election of Dr. Cox into this position.”

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Paula Cobler