Davis Receives Governor’s Award

Linda Davis, already acknowledged as a distinguished professor at William Woods University, has again been rewarded for her dedication and love for teaching.

She is one of 69 Missouri educators who were chosen to receive the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching this year. Davis received the honor today (Thursday, Dec. 4) during a luncheon in Springfield. The awards are given annually to Missouri’s most outstanding collegiate teachers/scholars.

“To be selected among peers and then recognized for something I love doing is a wonderful honor,” Davis said. “Teaching is truly a blessing for those fortunate enough to help young people pursue their dreams. ”

Davis is an assistant professor of computer and information science at William Woods, where she has taught since 1990. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she advises approximately 23 majors in the CIS department and attends to departmental responsibilities, such as budget, curriculum and hiring adjuncts.

Earlier this year, Davis received the Louis D. Beaumont/Dads’ Association Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching at William Woods University. The WWU student body annually selects the recipient for the $3,000 cash award.

“Linda Davis is an energetic, talented and creative professor,” Betsy Tutt, vice president and academic dean, said. “Students respond to these qualities in her, and that is why she is such an outstanding professor. Linda is representative of the excellent faculty we have here at William Woods.”

In addition to teaching computer and information science in the traditional semester program, Davis teaches courses in the Graduate and Adult Studies program for William Woods, and helped develop the computer information management degree-completion program.

She served as interim department chair for the business, computer, accounting and economics departments in 1991 and 1994 and was director of internships for the same areas from 1991 to 1997. Before joining the faculty at William Woods, she was an elementary and high school classroom teacher and computer coordinator at the Missouri School for the Deaf for 10 years.

Davis received a bachelor of science degree in education from the University of Nebraska and certification for education of the hearing impaired K-12 at Lenoir Rhyne College in Lenoir, N.C. She earned a master of arts in educational administration, a specialist in educational administration and a Ph.D. in information science and learning technology, all from the University of Missouri.

She holds National Certification in three areas: Internet Webmaster, Online Instructing and Education of the Deaf. She is a member of the Association for Computer Training and Support, the Academic Computing Advisory Committee and has completed the IBM Technical Coordinator Program. She has presented at national, regional and local conferences.

A Fulton resident, her past and present involvement in the Fulton community includes president of Fulton Planning and Zoning Committee, Economic Development Committee, Fulton Infrastructure Committee for Strategic Planning, board member of Kingdom Projects, Inc., contract interpreter for the State of Missouri and a member of the Board of Associates.

Davis is the widow of Roger Davis, former principal of Fulton High School. She has three children, Tyler, Whitney and Hilary, and two step-daughters, Kim and Alison.

The Missouri Department of Higher Education provides each Missouri college and university an opportunity each year to submit a nominee for the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Nominations are based on effectiveness of teaching, advising, service to the college/university community, commitment to excellence and ability to nurture student achievement.