James E. Cox
Dr. James Cox is a Professor of Marketing at Illinois State University. He has also taught at Virgina Tech. His interests are in the areas of business forecasting, marketing strategy, marketing research, and marketing logistics. He has published in many journals and proceedings. He is married with three children.
B.S. General Engineering, University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), 1972
M.B.A., University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), 1974
Ph.D., University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), 1981
In addition to his doctorate in marketing, Dr. Cox has done all the coursework and passed the preliminary exams for a doctorate in Management Science (A.B.D) with a minor in Business Information Systems from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) in 1976. His grade point average in both doctoral programs was a 5.0/5.0.
Dr. Cox also attended the U.S. Army Engineering Officer’s School in Fort Belvoir, Virginia in 1972 where he graduated in the top ten percent of his class. He also served a brief time as an Assistant Operations Officer at Ft. Belvoir and received a letter of commendation for his efforts.
Dr. Cox joined the faculty at Illinois State University as an Assistant Professor of Marketing in August 1983. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of Marketing (1979-1983) at Virginia Tech, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in logistics, marketing research, forecasting, and marketing management.
CURRENT TEACHING INTERESTS
Marketing Research, Forecasting, Logistics/Supply Chain Management, Strategic Marketing
Dr. Cox has been the Director of Internships for the marketing department (1991-2001) and has supervised almost 600 interns.
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
Dr. Cox is the co-author of a book: Sales Forecasting: A Survey of Recent Developments, published by the Marketing Science Institute. He has published articles in Industrial Marketing Management, the International Journal of Forecasting, the Journal of Forecasting, the Journal of Business Logistics, the Journal of Marketing Education, the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Economic Education, the International Review of Economic Education, Macro-marketing, Principles of Forecasting, the Marketing Educator, and the Marketing News; and he has published papers in the Proceedings of the AMA Educators’ Conference and the Proceedings of the National Council of Physical Distribution Management. He has also presented papers frequently at the conferences of the Institute of Business Forecasting and the International Symposium on Forecasting. Projects in progress include inquiry into various applications of forecasting methods; and empirical assessment of alternative teaching methodologies.
CONSULTING AND WORK EXPERIENCE
Professor Cox has served as a consultant to several companies (including AT&T, 3M, Mitsubishi) specializing in the areas of forecasting, marketing strategy, and marketing research; he has also conducted seminars on these topics.
My Personal Story
I am married and have three children. My oldest and his wife reside in Bloomington. He works for State Farm in Web tech support. He graduated from ISU in Applied Computer Science. His wife graduated from ISU with a degree in Business Administration/Human Resources and works as a human resource officer for Gailey Eye Clinic. They have blessed us with our first grandchild. My second son graduated from Greenville College (Greenville, IL) with a degree in Contemporary Christian Music. He attended ISU for his first two years of college. He works for the Guitar Center in Atlanta, Georgia. His wife attended Wesleyan University and she is in seminary at Emory University. My youngest graduated last May with a double major in art and art technology at ISU. She is very talented in computer animation, photography, drawing and sculpting. She is working in Bloomington. My wife works as a chief clerk in the College of Education at ISU. She has a masters degree in special education, an associate degree in computer applications, an associate degree in travel & tourism, and an undergraduate degree in home economics education.
My hometown is Durand, IL. My mother still resides there. This is located close to the Wisconsin line. I have two brothers and a sister. One brother is a police detective and my other brother is a senior computer programming engineer. My sister is a school/clinical psychologist.
I am actively involved in my church (Grace Church – nondenominational) and teach adult Bible classes. I became a Christian when I was in high school. On campus I co-organize a Christian Faculty/Staff fellowship group that meets every Wednesday over the lunch hour.
My favorite sports teams are the Cubs, Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, Illinois, and of course, Illinois State. I also like to watch soccer. However, I cheer for all Chicago teams when they are playing other teams. I cheer for any Midwest team when playing teams outside of the Midwest. However, I confess, I do cheer for the Cubs when they are playing the White Sox or Cards. My hobbies/interests are computers, sports, and Bible study – especially prophecy. When I was in high school, I lettered in football, baseball, and track. When I was in college I played on the Illinois Water Polo club for a semester.
The best part of my job at ISU is teaching, counseling, and working with students. I have been the faculty advisor for many religious collegiate organizations on campus. In addition, I have been the faculty advisor for the award winning ISU Collegiate Chapter of the American Marketing Association for over 15 years. I also directed student internships for the Department of Marketing for 11 years.