WWU’s Davis Named Winner of Faculty Excellence Award

Linda DavisDr. Linda Davis, professor of management information systems at William Woods University, is the recipient of the 2010 T.A. Abbott Award for Faculty Excellence.


The award is the most prestigious recognition that the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) gives to faculty members of Disciples-related colleges and universities. The recipient must be a professor who inspires students toward excellence, continues to grow and learn in his or her academic discipline and practices a personal faith.


Recipients are recognized with a gift of $1,000 to be used for expanding a personal library, developing new courses or continuing education or research. Davis is the second William Woods faculty member to receive the award. Dr. Ed Easterling, professor of business and economics, received the T.A. Abbott Award in 2004.


Davis has been at William Woods for 20 years. She has a Ph.D. in information science and learning technology a master of education in educational administration, both from University of Missouri, and a bachelor of science in education from University of Nebraska. She previously worked for the Missouri School for the Deaf as the educator/computer coordinator.


In addition to teaching a variety of management information systems courses, Davis has developed many student service-learning projects, including SWAT (Student Website Assistance Team) and Nocturnal Exodus. She also brought an online 3D virtual world, Second Life, to WWU, and serves as the M.I.S. internship director, as well as a mentor for the honors program.


Davis received WWU’s Dads’ Association-Louis D. Beaumont Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003 and was nominated for the U.S. Professors of the Year Award in 2004.


The T.A. Abbott Award, presented now for the 27th consecutive year, was established through a gift to the Higher Education and Leadership Ministries (HELM) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) from the descendants of the Rev. T. A. Abbott, an administrator and faculty member at Culver-Stockton College.


In the 1880s and early 1890s, Abbott pastored local congregations in Missouri, and from 1886 to 1910, he was the corresponding secretary of the Missouri Christian Missionary Society. He died in 1914.


Higher Education and Leadership Ministries (HELM) helps students discover how they will change the world in partnership with Disciples congregations, higher education institutions and campus ministry programs, including cooperative efforts with local congregations.