Dr. Donna Hardy Cox, Associate Vice-President (Academic) Students

The associate vice-president (academic) students provides vision and strategic leadership to the benefit of undergraduate students and academic programming at Memorial in collaboration with the deans of the eleven faculties and schools on the St. John’s campus, the deans of the three schools at Grenfell Campus, the associate vice-president (Marine Institute) academic and student affairs, and the associate vice-president (academic) and dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

The associate vice-president (academic) students reports to the provost and vice-president (academic).

Dr. Donna Hardy Cox became Memorial’s associate vice-president (academic) students in January 2019.

Dr. Hardy Cox is a well-known, experienced member of the Memorial community, and a tenured-full professor in social work. She was the first female Memorial social work graduate to be named dean of the school, a position she held for six years. Before becoming a member of the university’s academic leadership team, Dr. Hardy Cox was an active student leader who served as vice president of the student union at Memorial, and later was the director of student development where she helped with the creation of the Student Volunteer Bureau and the Glenn Roy Blundon Centre.

Dr. Hardy Cox’s social work practice background includes 15 years of service in policy and program development and the administration of student development programs. She also has more than two decades of experience designing and delivering social work, higher education and professional development curriculum in online, distance, and face-to-face classrooms.

Dr. Hardy Cox has served as president of the National Student Affairs and Services Association, the Atlantic Association of College and University Student Services and the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services. Her research and scholarship have focussed on the administration of higher education to better serve and support student success, community capacity building with youth and, most recently, the history of social work in Newfoundland and Labrador. She was also co-editor of the books Serving Diverse Students in Canadian Higher Education and Achieving Student Success: Effective Student Services in Canadian Higher Education.

Dr. Hardy Cox’s formal education includes a BSW from Memorial University; a MSW from Carleton University; an Ed.D from the University of Maine; and a certificate in university management from the University of Manitoba. She has held visiting scholar and honorary research associate positions; was a professional affiliate at the Centre for Higher Education Research and Development, University of Manitoba, and the founding director of its Canadian Institute on Student Affairs and Services.