Steve Coxon

Associate Professor of Education

Executive Director of the Center for Access and Achievement
School of Education
Maryville University

Steve Coxon, PhD, is an associate professor and executive director of the Center for Access and Achievement (CA² ) at Maryville University. CA²  focuses on partnerships with schools and nonprofits to prepare pre-collegiate students for college and the careers of the future through STEM education. CA²  oversees the:

  • Maryville Science and Robotics Program, enrolling students ages 4-16
  • STEM Education Certificate and Gifted Education Certificate programs
  • Maryville Young Scholars Program to increase gifted program diversity
  • CREST-M math and robotics curricula project
  • STEM Sprouts for preschool
  • Coding Creators with the Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Cyber Ready St. Louis for high school students
  • App Coding Camp for secondary students

Dr. Coxon is the author of more than 50 publications, including the book Serving Visual-Spatial Learners. In 2014, the Missouri Commissioner of Education appointed him to a four-year term on the Advisory Council on the Education of Gifted and Talented Children to advise the state on policy related to the education of gifted students. He was the 2010 recipient of the Joyce VanTassel-Baska Award for Excellence in Gifted Education.

Dr. Coxon earned his PhD from the College of William and Mary in educational policy, planning, and leadership in gifted education administration. He holds an MA in secondary curriculum and instruction and a BA in English (with a minor in biology and a computer science concentration), both from Virginia Tech.

Notable Publications:

Books and Book Chapters

Coxon, S.V. (2016). Spatial ability, engineering, and robotics for high-ability learners. In D. Dailey and A. Cotabish (Eds.), Engineering Instruction for High Ability Learners in K-8 Classrooms. Washington, D.C.: National Association for Gifted Children and Prufrock Press.

Kim, K.H., & Coxon, S.V. (2016). Fostering creativity using robotics among students in STEM fields to reverse the Creativity Crisis. In Melissa K. Demetrikopoulos and John L. Pecore (Eds.), Interplay of Creativity and Giftedness in Science. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense.

Coxon, S.V. (2015). S is for science education at the secondary level: Curriculum and instructional methods for developing scientific thinking and habits. In B.D. MacFarlane (ed.), STEM Education for High-Ability Learners: Designing and Implementing Programming. Waco, TX: Prufrock.

Coxon, S.V. (2014). On the edge of chaos: Robots in the classroom. Ambrose, D. & Sriraman, B., (Eds.). A Critique of Creativity and Complexity: Deconstructing Clichés. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense.

Kim, K.H., & Coxon, S.V. (2013). The creativity crisis, possible causes, and what schools can do about it. In J.B. Jones. & L.J. Flint (Eds.), The Creative Imperative: School Librarians and Teachers Cultivating Curiosity Together. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.

Coxon, S.V. (2013). Serving Visual-Spatial Learners. Waco, TX: Prufrock.

Refereed Publications

Coxon, S.V., Dohrman, R.L., and Nadler, D.R. (in press). Children using Robotics for Engineering, Science, Technology, and Math (CREST-M): The development and evaluation of an engaging math curriculum using LEGO robotics and storytelling. Roeper Review.

VanTassel-Baska J., & Coxon, S.V. (2016). A Tribute to Richard Paul. Roeper Review, 38(1), 6-8.

Senne, J., & Coxon, S.V. (2016). Architecture: A nexus of creativity, math, and spatial ability. Gifted Child Today, 39(1), 31-39.

Cotabish, A., Dailey, D., Coxon, S.V., Adams, C., & Miller, R. (2014). The Next Generation Science Standards and high ability learners. Teaching for High Potential, Winter.

Coxon, S.V. (2012). Innovative allies: Spatial and creative abilities. Gifted Child Today, 35(4), 277-284.

Coxon, S.V. (2012). The malleability of spatial ability under treatment of a FIRST LEGO League simulation. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 35(3), 291-316.

Coxon, S.V., Bland, L.C., & Chandler, K. (2012). The changing weather: Developing conceptual understanding of weather phenomena in young children. Teaching for High Potential, Winter, 8-9, 13-14.

Bland, L.C., Coxon, S.V., Chandler, K., & VanTassel-Baska, J. (2010). Science in the city: Meeting the needs of urban gifted students through Project Clarion. Gifted Child Today, 33(4), 48-57.

Coxon, S.V. (2010). FIRST LEGO League, the sport of the mind. Teaching for High Potential, Winter, 6-8.

Classes Taught:

Children’s Literature
Integrating the Arts

Areas of Expertise:

  • Creativity
  • STEM education
  • Project- and problem-based learning
  • Gifted education
  • Giftedness in diverse student populations
  • LEGO robotics
  • Spatial intelligence

Contact Info:

Phone: 314.529.9567
Email: scoxon@maryville.edu
Twitter: @STEMaryville
Office: ABAC 1206