Faculty Focus: Lacey Cox
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Title: Adjunct faculty
Years at GCU: 8
- Master of Social Work, Arizona State University
- Bachelor of Social Work, Arizona State University
What is your most notable accomplishment in your field, and why was it important?
As the Counseling Administrator at the Gilbert Police Department, I was asked to head a fundraiser to raise funds for a bronze statue to honor the first officer that our department lost in the line of duty. It was a difficult time for the department and the community, and I was honored to help. We were able to raise $200,000 in a short period of time, and the statue of a police officer, firefighter and child stands in front of the Gilbert Public Safety Complex today.
What are you most passionate about in your field and why?
There are many things that I am passionate about after 39 years as a social worker. I think that what I talk about the most is being open and willing to completely understand another person’s experience. We cannot allow our beliefs and values to prevent us from seeing the special person that we are trying to help and all they have to offer.
What is a memorable moment you had in class, and what does that reveal about your teaching style?
I have had many memorable moments, but what I enjoy the most is when I learn from my students. I love to see them get excited about new information, but when we all learn it is amazing.
What do you like to do for fun in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time with family the most. I have five precious grandchildren, and they are the light of my life. I also love the mountains and the ocean, so vacations always include one, the other or both.
What is something interesting about you that most people do not know?
When I was growing up, I always wanted to be a veterinarian and even started college at Cornell University in the pre-vet program. Life threw me a curve and I ended up becoming a social worker, which has been a wonderful profession for me. But I still love animals and currently have three dogs. I always must have at least one dog in my life!