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Frederick Cox
The History of Social Work

Fred Cox was appointed to the faculty as assistant professor, coming to the university with B.A. and M.S.W. degrees from UCLA, and hence completing a Ph.D. degree at the University of California, Berkeley.

While at Michigan, Cox gave leadership to the community organization program, collaborating with his colleagues on a number of books on community organization and social policy.

Cox served on the faculty for twelve years, leaving as associate professor in 1976 to become director of the School of Social Work at Michigan State University. He later moved from Michigan State to become dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.