Monica Cox

Professor of Engineering Education & Author 


Monica F. Cox, Ph.D., is a wife, mother, daughter, professor, activist, and so much more. She grew up an only child in a rural southeast Alabama community, where she was raised by her educator parents to persist in the face of personal and professional adversity. She earned degrees in mathematics (Spelman College), industrial engineering (University of Alabama), and leadership and policy studies (Vanderbilt University) debt-free and interned at NASA as she pursued her degrees. As a child, she dreamed of traveling to the places she read about, using science to make life better, and entering politics to change the world. Her inquisitive nature contributes to her passion for educating others and sharing what she has learned via her experiences.

Professionally, Dr. Cox is a Professor in the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University and is a 2020 Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). She is an authenticity coach ( and is the CEO of STEMinent LLC, a brand that houses a variety of STEM education offerings. She is a public speaker, author, and undeniable change agent committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to the demonstration of excellence in the workplace.

She was the Inaugural Chair of the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University, an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University, and the Inaugural Director of the Purdue College of Engineering’s Leadership Minor. In 2011, she became the first African-American woman to earn tenure in the College of Engineering at Purdue University.

Dr. Cox‘s research is focused upon the use of mixed methodologies to explore significant research questions in undergraduate, graduate, and professional engineering education, to integrate concepts from higher education and learning science into engineering education, and to develop and disseminate reliable and valid assessment tools for use across the engineering education continuum. She has led and collaborated on multidisciplinary projects totaling approximately $15 million, and she has authored over 130 publications.

TOPICS: STEM, Women & Girls of Color, Policy

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The Authentic Academic with Dr. Monica Cox

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