Associate Professor/Coordinator: Master and Specialist in Educational Leadership
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” Harry S. Truman
Dr. James Davis is an associate professor and program coordinator in educational leadership. Prior to his positions at the university level, Dr. Davis, a former “Principal of the Year” and “Teacher of the Year,” served as a school turnaround principal with various school systems in North Carolina. Dr. Davis spent the last 20 years in education as a professor and serving at the school and district-level.
Dr. Davis received his Doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Urban Education. After acceptance into the North Carolina Principal Fellow’s Program, Dr. Davis earned a Master’s Degree in School Administration. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education. Dr. Davis has a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Grades Education with concentrations in English Language Arts and Social Studies. He is certified as a teacher, school administrator, Curriculum Specialist, Exceptional Children’s Director, and Superintendent.
Dr. James Davis has research interests that include school transformation, teacher effectiveness, teacher leadership, principal support, and serving at-risk populations. He has been published at both the state, national, and international level. The most recent publications include articles with the National Association for Alternative Certification (JNAAC), the Association of Middle Level Education, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Middle School Association, Principal Leadership, and Eye on Education.
Dr. Davis has presented at the international, national, and state level. He has had presentation proposals accepted with AMLE, the Urban Education Collaborative, the North Carolina Association of School Administrators, the North Carolina Association of Elementary Educators, the Southeastern Association of Educational Studies, the National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities, the North Carolina Association of Middle Level Education, and the North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Dr. Davis strives to implement his personal mission statement on a daily basis: “Love Kids, Support Teachers, Involve Parents, and Pass it On.” Dr. Davis lives with his wife Christina, and their three beautiful daughters: Hannah, Callie, and Addison.