Faculty Spotlight: Misty Davis

Misty DavisMisty Davis wears many hats at Davenport University. Within the Donald W. Maine College of Business, she serves as the department chair of both Legal Studies and Human Resource Management. With both legal practice and academic experience, she excels in these roles.

Davis’ recent efforts surround curriculum improvements, where she has systematized data collection and assessment in the Donald W. Maine College of Business — a critical task for providing accrediting results to the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education. Davis, along with two other DU faculty members, presented their paper titled “Faculty Buy-in in Outcome Assessment and Reporting,” at the National IACBE Conference this past April.

In addition, Davis is a licensed attorney and teaches courses in the Legal Studies program, which is approved by the American Bar Association. She is a member of the American Association for Paralegal Educators and frequently presents at national and regional conferences on embedding practical skills in the classroom. She also develops curriculum for the Human Resource Management.

Her impact in the classroom is demonstrated through her own students’ comments, including:

  • “Misty did a great job supplementing the info from the book with real life examples. In class assignments and interaction with classmates were beneficial as well. She’s very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject matter which is always conducive to learning.”
  • “I think Misty did an amazing job. She cares and has a great personality. She always offered help and made sure we understood what she was teaching.”
  • “This course went very well. It was enjoyable and interesting. Misty clearly loves her job as an attorney and professor and did show an interest in my education and career plan.”
  • “Misty is my favorite professor that I have ever had. She knows what she is talking about and knows how to help us learn. She brought in guest speakers from the profession who helped us understand what the “real world” is like. This was my favorite class this semester!”

Davis is a dedicated mother and an active supporter of two boys. She always finds time to attend their baseball games and volunteer at Boy Scout campouts. She’s equally supportive of friends and colleagues, and has volunteered at many events including DU’s NAMI Walks.


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