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Associate Professor/Interim Director Learning Innov

University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-5801 Adult Education & Safety Sciences HES , Box 120


Trevor Cox, Ph.D., is currently the interim director of learning innovation. He oversees LX Studios and Connected Campus. He is also an associate professor of organizational leadership. 

At UCO, Cox is an active member of the 21CPI advisory board, the Diversity Committee and other diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) activities, and is one of the founding members of the Center for Neuroeducation and Embodied Learning.

Cox specializes in leadership development, DEI and transformative learning. In addition to his faculty roles in adult learning, he also has worked in a variety of leadership and consulting positions helping diverse groups reach their full potential, and think more inclusively about their work.

Classes Taught

  • Foundations of Organizational Leadership
  • Organizational Leadership Capstone
  • Nature and Characteristics of the Adult Learner
  • Leadership and Change
  • Organizational Dynamics
  • Organizational Culture and Leadership

Education and Certifications

  • B.A., Oklahoma State University, 2005 – Mathematics
  • M.A., Oklahoma Christian University, 2007 – Family Life Ministry (Counseling Emphasis)
  • Ph.D., Trinity International University, 2017 – Educational Studies


2018 - Present - University of Central Oklahoma

  • Director, Learning Innovation
  • Associate Professor, Organizational Leadership


  • Program Coordinator, Organizational Leadership and General Studies
  • Assistant Chairperson, Adult Education and Safety Sciences

Prior to coming to UCO, Cox adjunct taught at several universities and worked in professional ministry and in the oil and gas industry. 

Teaching Philosophy

Cox's teaching philosophy is democratic, hospitable, developmental, transformative, collaborative and holistic. Good education teaches us how to embrace and learn from each other’s differences, challenges students to grow and change through dialogue and reflection, and makes room for the whole person. Education should be a place where people can bring their whole selves and work together for change in each student individually and the world around them.


My wife and I have four kids, so I try and spend most of my free time with them. I also like to read, watch college football and basketball, jog (not run, runners go fast and do races) and watch cooking shows without actually knowing how to cook.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

  • Lee, Y., & Cox, T. (2022). Decentering Whiteness: A Leadership Strategy for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Higher Education. In Leading With Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (pp. 297-314). Springer, Cham.

  • Cox, T. (2021). Inclusive Leadership: The Roots of an Emerging Theory. In Dublebohn, J., Murray B., & Stone, D. (Eds),  Leadership Includes Leaders, Followers, and Context, Information Age Publishing.

  • Cox, T. (2020). Creating Space for Transformation: Cultivating Containers for Inclusive Leadership Development. In J. Marques (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Inclusive Leadership (1 edition, pp. 273–287). Routledge.

  • Cox, T. & Provencio, A. “Creating Equitable Spaces for Critical Dialogue in Online Environments,” National Conference on Race and Ethnicity 2022.

  • Cox, T. & Dezenberg, M. “The Edge of Inclusion and Exclusion: How Inclusive Leaders Navigate Resistance in Practice,” International Leadership Association Conference 2020. Interactive Roundtable. 

  • Cox, T. “Creating Inclusive and Transformative Environments in the Classroom,” 
    Transformative Learning Conference 2019. 

  • Cox, T. “Practicing Inclusion for Transformation: Building Skills and Theory for Cultivating Inclusive Transformative Learning Environments.” International Transformative Learning Conference, New York. 2018.

  • Cox, T. Denzenberg, M. “Inclusive Leadership & Collaborative Interaction: A Formula for Advancing Cross-Group Relations.” International Leadership Association, West Palm Beach, 2018.
  • Cox, T. Lee, Y. “Thinking Together for a Healthier and More Inclusive World.” Academy of Management, Chicago, IL. 2018.
  • Cox, T. “Learning From and For the Other: Hospitality as a Teaching Strategy.” Stone Campbell Journal Conference, Johnson City, TN. 2018
  • Cox, T. Lee, Y. “Dialogue: Learning Old Ways of Conversations for a New World.” Midwest Academy of Management, Chicago, IL. 2017.
  • Cox, T., Perinparaj, E.G.P. “East and West: An Intergenerational Leader Development Comparison.” Southwest Academy of Management, Bangkok, 2016.
  • Cox, T. “Learning from and for “the Other:” The Development of Inclusive Leadership Capacity by Faculty Member.” Unpublished Dissertation, 2017.
  • Colwill, D., Cox, T., Daniel, D. N., Lee, Y., Luhtala, T., Perinparaj, E.G.P. “Leading Virtual Intercultural Teams.” Southwest Academy of Management, Oklahoma City, OK, 2016.
  • Cox, T., Perinparaj, E.G.P. “Effective Team Communication.” Southwest Academy of Management, Oklahoma City, OK, 2016.
  • Colwill, D., Cox, T., Daniel, D. N., Lee, Y., Luhtala, T., Perinparaj, E.G.P. “Effective Team Communication.” Southwest Academy of Management, Oklahoma City, OK, 2016.

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