Chris Davis, Ph.D.

Vice Provost

Chicago, IL

Emerging media expert. Strategic systems thinker. Change agent.

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Education
  • Ph.D., Urban, Technological, and Environmental Planning with concentration in Sociotechnological Planning, University of Michigan (1999)
  • 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)
Background

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 information network.

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.

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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 professionally.

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.

Publications
  • Davis, C. (2010). Graduation and Retention Rates for Adult-Serving Institutions. Association for Institutional Research Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.
  • 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, Illinois.
  • 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, Detroit, Michigan.
  • 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 Technologies.
  • Davis, C. (2000). Online Content for Systems Analysis and Design (4th ed.) by Gary B. Shelly, Thomas J. Cashman, Harry J. Rosenblatt, Course Technologies.
  • 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. 345-352).
  • 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, Minnesota.
  • 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, California.
  • 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.
Professional memberships
  • American Society for Quality (ASQ)
  • Editorial Board for Innovate (2004-2009)
  • Higher Learning Commission Peer Reviewer (AQIP and PEAQ)