Kurt Willcox works as a part-time program assistant for the University Senate, which is the main legislative body for the university. Before that he served for six years as a part-time research analyst in the intoCareers program at the University of Oregon's College of Education. Willcox has been connected to the UO for nearly 45 years. He came to the UO in 1971 to enter a graduate program in history and received his master's degree in industrial and labor relations in 1981 from what was then the College of Business Administration.
Willcox worked for 10 months as a program director for the Labor Center at the University of Iowa, then returned to Eugene and served four years as a field representative for the Oregon Public Employees Union and a year as research and education director for the Oregon AFL-CIO in Salem. He served 10 months as an instructor at the UO's Labor Education and Research Center, then from 1997 to 2009 as an adjunct instructor at LERC. During that period, Willcox also worked as a council representative for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; as an organizer for the Coalition of Graduate Employees, the American Federation of Teachers and the Service Employees International Union; and as a labor relations representative for the Oregon Nurses Association.
He was the chief bargaining delegate for the UO sub-local of the SEIU and represented UO employees on the eight-person SEIU team in its negotiations with the Oregon University System in 2013. Willcox served six years, beginning in 1988, on the Oregon State Scholarship Commission – now the Office of Student Access and Completion.