Chris Davis, Ph.D.
Emerging media expert. Strategic systems thinker. Change agent.
- Ph.D., Urban, Technological, and Environmental Planning with
concentration in Sociotechnological Planning, University of Michigan
- M.S, Psychology, Walden University (2011)
- M.S., Education with specialization in Leadership for Higher Education,
Capella University (2008)
- B.A., Sociology, with honors and distinction, University of Michigan (1989)
Chris Davis, Ph.D., Vice Provost at Colorado Technical University, has over 15
years of experience in the field of higher education. Prior to his role as Vice
Provost at CTU, he held several leadership positions including Vice Provost of
Institutional Effectiveness, Academic Quality Improvement Program Liaison and
Director of Effective Teaching and Learning. He earned a Ph.D. in Urban,
Technical and Environmental Planning with a concentration in Sociotechnological
Planning from the University of Michigan. He holds an M.S. in Psychology from
Walden University, an M.S. in Education with a specialization in leadership for
higher education from Capella University and a B.A. in Sociology with honors and
distinction from the University of Michigan. Dr. Davis is also an emerging media
expert, strategic systems thinker, a change agent and pop culture enthusiast.
Prior to his work in higher education, Dr. Davis served as President of Interactive
Media Design – an Internet consulting and training firm specializing in the
strategic use of and application of emerging technologies. He consulted with
clients including local government, school systems, and private companies on
how to leverage emerging media to meet their strategic goals. He also worked on
the Muskegon (MI) community health project to design a community health
Dr. Davis worked at the Consortium for International Earth Science Information
Network. The consortium was a collaboration of universities, research
organizations and government agencies working to increase access to data and
information related to global change with an emphasis on the human dimensions
of global change. During his five-year tenure, he held positions ranging from
Senior Computer Systems Specialist to Section Head of Computer and Network
Services and Program Manager.
Academic Specialization/Focus at CTU
I provide leadership for CTU’s doctoral programs, collaborating with curriculum,
student and academic services, faculty, and other departments to provide a
transformative educational experience for our doctoral students. I am also
involved in working with external agencies and organizations to increase
awareness of CTU’s educational innovations.
Why are YOU IN?
The purpose of higher learning should be transformative. A degree should not be
represented by a diploma, but by how the experience has changed the graduate
as well as influenced their options and perspectives personally and
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to be both learning and learner-centered. I am only as
effective as my students are in achieving the learning outcomes of the course. To
foster student learning, I recognize that each learner is unique, and requires
individual attention to be successful.
Aside from higher education, what else are you passionate about?
I am passionate about my family. And, I hope to make the world a better place.
- Davis, C. (2010). Graduation and Retention Rates for Adult-Serving
Institutions. Association for Institutional Research Annual Meeting,
- Davis, C. (2010). Adult Graduation Rates. Higher Learning Commission
Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
- Davis, C. (2008). Assessment as Continuous Quality Improvement. Higher
Learning Commission Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
- Davis, C. and Yaskin, D. (2007). Enabling Continuous Improvement: The
Black board Outcomes System. Higher Learning Commission Annual
Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
- Davis, C. (2007). Using Control Charts to Understand Assessment
Results. Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference, Chicago,
- Davis, C. (2007). The Innovate Gateway. Innovate, 3(4). (Guest Editor,
special edition on the Net Generation).
- Davis, C. (2005). Appreciative Inquiry: A Tool for Faculty and
Organizational Development. Conference for Research-Based
Practitioners in Process Education, Madison, Wisconsin.
- Davis, C. and Wasserman, J. (2005). Overview of Activity Design. Faculty
Guidebook 2nd Edition, Pacific Crest.
- Davis, C. (2005). Overview of Instructional Design. Faculty Guidebook 2nd
Edition, Pacific Crest.
- Davis, C. (2005). Appreciative Inquiry as a Tool for Faculty and
Organizational Development. Higher Learning Commission Annual
Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
- Davis, C. (2004). Instructional Design for Active Teaching and Learning.
Mississippi State University Research Curriculum Unit.
- Davis, C. (2004). Instructional Design Annotated Bibliography. Faculty
Guidebook 1st Edition, Pacific Crest.
- Davis, C. (2004). Overview of Program Design. Faculty Guidebook 1st
Edition, Pacific Crest.
- Davis, C. (2004). Overview of Course Design. Faculty Guidebook 1st
Edition, Pacific Crest.
- Davis, C. (2003). Teaching Problem Solving Online. MACUL Conference,
- Davis, C. (2001). Leading an Educational Technology Revolution. Syllabus
Fall Conference, Boston, Massachusetts.
- Davis, C. (2001). Time Shifting: Strategies for Freeing Faculty Time for
Educational Technology. League for Innovation in the Community College
Conference on Information Technology, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- Davis, C. (2001). Strategies for the Internal Mark eting of Technology
Products and Services. MiCTA Fall Conference, Branson, Missouri.
- Davis, C. (2001). Online Content and PowerPoint Presentations for
Fundamentals of Information Systems by Ralph M. Stair and George
Reynolds, Course Technologies.
- Davis, C. (2001). Instructor manual and online content for Electronic
Commerce (2nd ed.) by Gary Schneider, James Perry, Course
- Davis, C. (2000). Online Content for Systems Analysis and Design (4th
ed.) by Gary B. Shelly, Thomas J. Cashman, Harry J. Rosenblatt, Course
- Davis, C. and Burley, C. (1996). Lessons Learned from the Development
of a Global Information System. Finding Common Ground: Creating a
Library of the Future without Diminishing the Library of the Past,
Cambridge, Massachusetts, (published in LaGuardia, Cheryl. (Ed.).
Finding Common Ground: Creating a Library of the Future without
Diminishing the Library of the Past. New York: Neal-Schuman, 1998, pp.
- Davis, C. (1996). Partners with SDNP: Presentation by the Consortium for
International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)," 4th Global
Workshop for United Nations Sustainable Development Network Program
Coordinators, Mexico City, Mexico.
- Davis, C. (1996). The Role of Training in Building a Distributed Archive.
22nd International Association for Social Sciences Information Service and
Technology, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- Davis, C. (1996). A Case Study in Virtual Organization: CIESIN's
Information Cooperative. Computing for the Social Sciences, Minneapolis,
- Davis, C. (1995) Locating and Accessing Data and Information on the
Internet: Methods and Organizational Impacts. 21st Annual Conference of
the International Association for Social Science Information Service and
Technology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
- Davis, C. (1994). Tools for Internet Based Data Discovery, Retrieval, and
Analysis. 20th Annual Conference of the International Association for
Social Science Information Service and Technology, San Francisco,
- Davis, C. (1990). Stock Market Training Game for Zagreb, Croatia
Business School, with Ivo Wenzler.
- Davis, C. (1989). Woman’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament (WAND) and
Sierra Club Training Game, with Kate Warner and Allison Hine.
- American Society for Quality (ASQ)
- Editorial Board for Innovate (2004-2009)
- Higher Learning Commission Peer Reviewer (AQIP and PEAQ)