Nora F. Cox


Communicaton Media Journalsm and Film

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Communicaton Media Journalsm and Film
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Nora Cox is a senior instructor at Missouri State University teaching gender and communication, nonverbal communication, interpersonal communication, communicating kindness, communicating culture and identity, public speaking and Honors College courses on communication and culture. In addition, she directs the Center for Dispute Resolution based in the Department of Communication, Media, Journalism and Film. 

During the academic years 2018-19, she was a member of a Central States Communication Faculty Learning Community focused on facilitating difficult conversations in the classroom. Part of the process included development and presentation of an assignment to engage students in and instruct them on navigating challenging topics. Since 2010, Cox has served as a master advisor for communication majors and minors. Her awards include recognition for outstanding service to honors education and a national advising award from NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) for Outstanding Faculty Advising in 2015.

In 2016, Cox completed an accelerated Gallup coaching certification program and since then has provided professional development trainings to various units and departments at Missouri State.

She has been interviewed by the New Yorker, by Jake Tapper of ABC News for Good Morning America, well as by other print and broadcast outlets in southwest Missouri.  



  • MA, 2005, Missouri State University
  • BS, 2003, Missouri State University


  • COM 115 Fundamentals Public Speaking

Research and professional interests

My research and professional interests are varied and diverse. Communication education and communication in education are enduring topics of study. Working with many first year students in the basic course has sparked many potential research questions for future exploration. I have also studied intercultural communication between and among this country’s indigenous populations and Anglo society and how indigenous cultures are depicted in mainstream, Anglo-controlled media. Professionally, I have extensive experience in political communication as a speechwriter and communication consultant for campaigns at local and state levels. Public relations experience includes social marketing and nonprofit communication strategies for several organizations and grant-funded projects.


  • Interpersonal communication
  • Gender and communication

Other interests

  • Member, League of Women Voters of Southwest Missouri

Awards and honors

  • Outstanding Faculty Advising, NACADA, 2015

Area of expertise

Communication Student affairs