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Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, South Carolina
Spadoni College of Education
Emma Mae Savage-Davis, director of the Center for Education and Community and associate professor of education, joined the Coastal Carolina University faculty in 2005. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Eastern Illinois University, a master's degree in education from Chicago State University and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Illinois State University.
As director of the center, Savage-Davis coordinates programs including mentoring, outreach, education, training, resource for the community, families and K-12 education.
She began her career as an educator in the Chicago Public School system, where she taught for more than 11 years. Subsequently, she taught at East Tennssee State University as well as at James Madison University and Longwood University, both in Virginia. Savage-Davis has worked in community outreach programs for more than 20 years and school-based community partnerships for 10 years, most notably the mentoring program at Coastal.
She has published extensively on topics relative to education and disadvantaged youth, and she has been awarded grant funding for programs that help underrepresented students get access to higher education. Savage-Davis has served on several national and state education associations, and is a site team member for the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform Schools To Watch Program in South Carolina.