Robert F. Cox, Ph.D.
Global Faculty Fellow
Robert F. Cox, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean for Globalization at the Purdue Polytechnic Institute (formerly the College of Technology) at Purdue University. As associate dean, he is responsible for the overall strategic planning and execution of all international activities on behalf of the Purdue Polytechnic. He currently provides leadership for more than a dozen global collaborative partnerships across four continents which involve study abroad, student / faculty exchanges, and dual degree program offerings. Purdue University’s Polytechnic Institute has over 3500 students enrolled BS, MS, and Ph.D. programs in 14 degree options across 6 academic departments in 9 statewide locations. Prior to this role, he served as the Department Head of Building Construction Management from 2006 - 2012. From 1993-2006 Robert was the Associate Director / Director of Undergraduate Programs for the Rinker School of Building Construction at the University of Florida. He completed his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering – Construction Engineering and Management at Virginia Tech in 1994. His research interests include the application of technology, trust models, performance measurement, continuous improvement strategies, and development of global strategic collaborative partnerships.
Robert currently serves the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR) in the United Arab Emirates as an accrediting visitor for construction management and civil engineering programs. He has led or participated in numerous visiting committees to Al Jazeera University, Abu Dhabi University, Al Hosn University, American University of Sharjah, American University in Dubai, British University in Dubai, Khalifa University, Ras Al Kahman University, and the University of Sharjah.
He has been active in designing, implementing, and monitoring employee development, strategic quality management and continuous improvement programs within construction firms. He has given lectures on numerous construction management topics, such as; internet-based collaborative project management systems, continuous improvement, high performance management techniques, trust building, and globalization strategies in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Ireland, Kenya, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and Singapore.
In 2008 he was named Academic Leadership Program Fellow, Committee on Institutional Cooperation, by Purdue University’s Office of the Provost. His current areas of research interest include the international construction project management, technology applications to construction management, internet based collaborative project management systems, employee training and development, Key Behavioral Indicators, Key Performance Indicators, and modeling the Return on Investment of Employee Training.
A three-time national award-winning teacher, Robert was selected the University of Florida’s Teacher of the Year for 1999-2000. He also received the College of Architecture Teacher of the Year Award in 1999-2000. In 2004, Robert was selected as one of five inaugural members of the University of Florida’s Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars. Robert has taught construction management courses in planning and scheduling, estimating, and productivity improvement, cost analyses, construction project simulation, and global construction. Prior to academics and consulting, Robert served in many management roles within the construction industry. Robert continues to serve the construction industry as an active consultant, global strategic advisor, construction expert witness, as well as a provider of professional / executive coaching. Most recently his corporate training programs have focused on developing high performance teams through a learning cultural environment. He has worked with more than 160 master students and 25 doctoral candidates. Robert has authored more than 60 publications and reports.