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Education Enhancement Department



Dr. Joy A. Cox - Assistant Chair and Assistant Professor

Joy A. Cox, PhD –  Assistant Professor and Acting Chair

Dr. Joy Cox earned her PhD in Educational Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, specializing in College Student Personnel. Her master’s degree in School Counseling is also from the University of Louisville, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, Barbados, is in Biology. Dr. Cox’s career path has been focused on teaching Biology on the high school and college levels. Dr. Cox worked as an academic advisor for seven years before receiving her PhD. Her research interests include student persistence and retention factors, academic counseling, and academic strategies for success in college. As an educator, Dr. Cox is most passionate about directing students on how to become self-regulated learners. She believes in a student-centered curriculum and approaches education enrichment from a holistic perspective.

Assistant Professor - Dr. Aaron Phillips

Aaron Phillips, PhD – Assistant Professor

Dr. Phillips earned his BA in Sociology and BS in Middle Grade Education from Eastern Kentucky University. He went on to earn his MEd and PhD in College Student Personnel from the University of Louisville. For his PhD thesis, Dr. Phillips researched the strategies, practices, and behaviors that low-income, first-generation students from rural backgrounds can use to be academically successful. He is passionate about helping these students achieve their academic and professional goals.

Originally from Kentucky, Dr. Phillips worked in graduate and undergraduate admissions and student services at the University of Louisville for several years before coming to AUA. He also taught writing and reading comprehension in the Ivy Tech Community College system in Indiana. Dr. Phillips and his wife Melanie have a daughter, Lacy.

Assistant Professor - Dr. Sonya Ford

Sonya Ford, PhD – Assistant Professor

Dr. Ford has spent her career encouraging students to reach their fullest potential. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Old Dominion University, a Master of Science degree in School Counseling from Johns Hopkins University, and a Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. Dr. Ford holds Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study from Johns Hopkins University in Clinical Community Counseling and Higher Education. She is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and National Certified School Counselor (NCSC). Dr. Ford was an adjunct professor at Walden University and also had a private practice counseling adolescents and adults. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences on advocating for student success.

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Trevor Ngorosha, PhD – Assistant Professor

Dr. Trevor Ngorosha earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, with a concentration in Adult and Experiential Learning. He holds two master’s degrees in Educational Psychology, and Curriculum and Teacher Leadership, from the University of Zimbabwe and Miami University, respectively. Dr. Ngorosha earned his bachelor’s degree in English and Linguistics, and a Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Zimbabwe as well. While studying at Miami University, he also earned a Graduate Certificate in Professional Development: Instructional Design and Technology.

Dr. Ngorosha’s teaching and research interests are in human development, performance and learning, small-group learning, and faculty professional learning. Before joining AUA College of Medicine, he taught at Miami University as an Adjunct Professor. Prior to studying and teaching at Miami University, Dr. Ngorosha taught English and Literature at Murewa High School and served as a debate coach, syllabus developer, and national trainer of examiners in Zimbabwe.

Vernon Lindsay

Vernon Lindsay, PhD –  Assistant Professor

Dr. Vernon Lindsay earned his PhD in Policy Studies in Urban Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His academic interests include culturally responsive curriculum, youth development theory, critical race theory in education, critical pedagogy, and Africana studies. He is the author of the book Critical Race and Education for Black Males: When Pretty Boys Become Men. Before joining the staff of American University of Antigua, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Teaching and Mentoring with the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Honors College.

Lindsay has presented research that highlights intersections between social inequalities and education at several notable conferences. These include the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, the American Education Research Association, and the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education. In the summer of 2016, Dr. Lindsay, his wife and three small children put their home on the market, sold their cars and many other personal possessions, and moved to Mazatlan, Sinaloa Mexico. While living in Mexico, he worked as an educational consultant, a writer for several online publications, and a leadership coach.

Dawn Roberts

Dawn Roberts, MA – Academic Advisor

Dawn Roberts is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership at Liberty University. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Delaware with concentrations in Human Resources and Consumer Economics. She earned a Master of Arts in Applied Sociology and a Non-Profit Sector Certificate. While earning her master’s, she researched the causes of the attrition of underrepresented minority students. She has over 12 years of higher education experience, working in many different capacities with US medical students, including advising and training, engagement and development, higher education administration, policy and program development, as well as diversity and community outreach. Dawn is a member of the Wellness Committee and coordinates Puppy Play Day. She is extremely passionate about cultivating a tradition of excellence and success among medical students.

Andrea Vaughans, MD – Instructor

Dr. Vaughans earned her MD at St. George’s University, School of Medicine, Grenada, where she then worked as a learning strategist and instructor for four years, before pursuing clinical practice at the Scarborough General Hospital, Tobago.

With an interest in helping students develop their learning styles, Dr. Vaughans has also worked at the Institute of the Medical Board, Kansas, preparing students and physicians for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Steps 1, 2 and 3. She continues to enjoy advising students as they prepare for this crucial exam.