Josephine Dunbar Davis, Ed. D.

  • College: College of Arts and Sciences
  • Title: Professor Emeritus

Additional information:

Read: Dr. Josephine Davis, Professor Emerita, Has Been a Transformative Leader Around the World and Back Again


Curriculum Vitae


Administrative Positions

2017 – Present, 2012 – 2013: Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Georgia

2011 – 2012: Acting Director, Center for the Enhancement of Critical Thinking,  Fort Valley State University

1996- 2001: Vice President for Academic Affairs,  Fort Valley State University

1995 – 1996: Senior Fellow, Leadership Group, American Council on Education, Washington, D.C.

1991 – 1995: President, York College, The City University of New York, Jamaica, New York

1989 – 1991: Vice President for Academic Affairs, Acting President (Fall, 1990), St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota

1978 – 1989: Dean, The Graduate School, Albany State College, Albany, Georgia

Teaching Positions

2017 – Present: Professor Emerita, Fort Valley State University

Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Georgia

eCore Professor, University System of Georgia

Visiting Professor, School of Education, Queens College/CUNY, Flushing, New York

Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science Department, York College/CUNY, Jamaica, New York

Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science Department,  Albany State College, Albany, Georgia

 Mathematics Teacher, Monroe High School, Albany, Georgia


Ed. D., Mathematics
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

M.S., Mathematics
University of Notre Dame Du Lac

Diploma, French Language
Universite de Besancon, Besancon, France

Certificate de la langue francaise
l’universite de Lyons, France

B.A., Mathematics (Magna Cum Laude Graduate)
Spelman College


  • Business Calculus
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Calculus Concepts
  • College Algebra
  • eCore College Algebra
  • Curriculum Trends & Issues
  • Freshman Orientation
  • Fundamentals of Math
  • History of Mathematics
  • Math Modeling
  • Mathematics Review
  • Methods of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics
  • Precalculus
  • Trigonometry


  • National Council Teachers of Mathematics
  • Mathematical Association of America
  • Chair, The University System of Georgia’s Advisory Committee on Academic Affairs (2000-2001)
  • The College Board, Southern Regional Representative (1997 – 2000)


Grantsmanship: Project Director/Principal Investigator for the following:

  • 2015 – 2016: Affordable Learning in Precalculus Mathematics $ 29,000
  • 2012 – Present: STEM Enhancement, Chevron Foundation, $ 10,000
  • 2012: Delta Sigma Theta Distinguished Professor (Unfunded) $ 100,000
  • 2008 – 2010: Reforming College Algebra, $ 5000
  • 2006 – 2010: Komen race for the Cure, $ 30,000
  • 2003 – 2004: Literacy Project, Community Foundation of Middle GA, $ 3500
  • 2001 – 2006: Increasing Minority Enrollment in Mathematics, Science, Engineering, and Technology, National Science Foundation
  • HBCU-UP (NSF) Dr. Sarwan Dhir, Co-Director $ 2.5 Million


  • Davis, J., Assessment and Evaluation of Noyce Proposals, presentation at the QEM Noyce Workshop, Baltimore, MD, June 2017
  • Davis, J., Enhancing the Traditional Lecture: Flipped Classrooms, presentation at the QEM Professional Development Workshop on Effective Communication Strategies in STEM Instruction for STEM Department Chairs at Institutions with Active Implementation Awards from the National Science Foundation’s HBCU-UP, Baltimore, MD, June 2013
  • Davis, J., Chitsonga, S., Cartwright, S., Aberra, A., Enhancing Critical Thinking Capability in Pre-Calculus Mathematics,  2013 Research Day, Fort Valley State University, GA, April, 2013
  • Davis, J., Aberra, D., Chitsonga, S. Cartwright, C., A Critical-Thinking Enhancement Model for Reforming Pre-Calculus at an HBCU, The 19th National HBCU Faculty Development Network Conference, Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando, FL, October 2012.
  • Davis, J., The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) – Advancing the Practice of Teaching through Research, Quality Education for Minorities’ NSF Workshop for HBCUs, Evidenced-Based STEM Instructional Strategies, Baltimore, MD, November, 2012.
  • Watson, K., Cartwright, S., Chitsonga, S., Davis, J.,  Enhancing Critical Thinking in Core Curriculum Courses, 90th Annual Meeting, Southeastern Association, Mathematical Association of America, Tuscaloosa, AL, April, 2011.


Giant in Science, QEM Award, Washington, DC

John W. Davison, Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Fort Valley State University

A Woman of Achievement, The Career Women’s Network of Macon, GA

Resolution, Board of Commissioners, Bibb County, Georgia, Tribute As A Humanitarian                              and Community Leader to the Bibb County Community, February, 2003.

Proclamation, Office of the Mayor, Macon, GA, “Dr. Josephine Davis Day”

“The Community Advocate of the Year Award for Leadership and Guidance,” Presented by The Community Advocacy Center, of York College

“Appreciation Award,” The Lehman High School New York City Mathematics/Science Cluster,

November, chosen by the Korean Ambassador to represent the State of New York as a member of a three-persons “Citizens Delegation” to Korea.

“Outstanding Contributions to York College Students,” York College Student Government Association

“Outstanding Community Service Award,” Jamaica Branch of the NAACP

“Citation of Honor in Recognition of Dynamic Leadership and Vision as President of York College,” Presented by the Honorable Claire Shulman, President, Borough of Queens, New York, November

“Certificate of Honor for Leadership and Outstanding Contributions to Faculty Development at York College,” Presented by the Portfolio Development Committee and the Cultural Diversity Studies Committee

“Dedicated Educator Award,” The Faculty and Staff of the College of Education, St. Cloud State University, Minnesota

“Vision and Leadership of York College on the Revitalization of the Jamaica Center,” The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation

Named by a Blue Ribbon Panel of the Albany Georgia Chamber of Commerce as “1988 Woman of the Year,” January, 1988, Albany, Georgia

“Most Outstanding Teacher of the Year,” Albany State College

“Outstanding Educator of Southwest Georgia, Region IX,” Presented by the Georgia Council Teachers of Mathematics (GCTM); GCTM Nominee for the Gladys Thompson Award for Outstanding Service in Mathematics Education in the State of Georgia

State Educational Engagement: 2002 – 2003 Appointed by the State Superintendent of Education to membership on the State of Georgia Content Standards Revisions Committee


  • President, Fort Valley Chapter of the Links, Incorporated
  • Corresponding Secretary, Fort Valley Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Chief Volunteer Officer for Six Years and former Secretary, Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Clubs of Peach County
  • Vice President, Life Action Community Development Council of Middle Georgia
  • Former Member, Warner Robins Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Member, Fort Valley Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Literacy Education for Adults in Peach County
  • Former Member of the Fort Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Elected to serve as the National Secretary of The Links, Incorporated and appointed the inaugural Dean of the famed Scott Hawkins Leadership Institute and the Alumna Group of the Scott Hawkins Leadership Institute.
  • Member of the Central Union Missionary Baptist Church- President of the Deaconess Ministry, Chair of the Planning and Evaluation Ministry and a Sunday School Teacher.




Davis, Josephine, Cartwright, Samuel, Burell, Bhavana, Affordable Learning in Mathematics, International Journal for the Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning. Volume, 1, Number 2. May 5, 2017.

Davis, Josephine, A Primer on Educational Research Fundamentals, electronic proceedings of Presentation at the QEM Broadening Participation in Research in STEM Education, Baltimore, MD, September, 2013

Davis, Josephine, Program Assessment, Evaluation and Dissemination, electronic proceedings of Presentation at the QEM Broadening Participation in Research in STEM Education, Baltimore, MD, September, 2013

Davis, J., Mitchell, M., A Pan-African Model for Developing Mathematical Talent in Africa, Published Proceedings, 2010 Joint Mathematics Meeting, San Francisco, CA,

Davis, Josephine, Yacoubi, N., Setting a Mathematics Education Research Agenda for African and the United States, in African Mathematical Union (AMU) Information Bulletin, No. 12 & 13, Ed. By Prof. Nouzha El Yacoubi, AM Secretary General, October, 2006

Davis, Josephine, “Creating a College-Going Culture in the Middle Grades: A Progress Report    of the AVID Program in the Peach County School System,” P-16 In Action, Georgia P-16 Initiative, University system of Georgia, Atlanta, GA. Vol, No.1, Spring 1999.

Davis, Josephine, Ed.  The New Fort Hare University:  The Strategic Plan of Development, 1995 – 2000.  Alice, The Republic of South Africa, Fort Hare University, 1995.

Davis, Josephine, ed. Coloring the Halls of Ivy:  Leadership and Diversity in the Academy.  Massachusetts:  Anker Publishing Company. 1993.

Leadership for the 21st Century:  Higher Educational Leaders Establish a Global Agenda for Change.  New York:  York College Monograph Series, Vol. 1, No.2, 1993.

The Inaugural Address:  Leadership for the Global Neighborhood.  New York:  York College Monograph Series, Vol. 1 No. 1. 1992.

 “The Mathematics Education of Black High School Students.”  In Blacks, Science and American Education, edited by Willie Pearson and H. Betchel.  New Jersey:  Rutgers University Press, 1989.

 The Effect of Mathematics Course Enrollment on Racial/Ethnic Differences in Secondary School Mathematics.  Educational Testing Service, NAEP Research Report, Princeton, New Jersey, 1986.

Clark, Sandra and Davis, Josephine D. Problem Solving Activities.  Massachusetts:  Houghton Mifflin Publishing Co., 1978.

Davis, Josephine D., Basic Mathematics:  A Prelude to College Algebra.  Iowa:  Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., 1975.

Author/Editor of Technical Reports and Accreditation Reports:

  • Reports written as Chair, Special Visiting Committees, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. I edited, wrote and revised these nine voluminous reports, ensuring the alignment of institutional practices with SACS standards. As Chair, I was accountable for the final review and approval (subsequent to the institution’s revisions) of the final institutional accreditation reports.
    • Chair, Three Off-Site Universities, November, 2012: Cluster 6:
      • Austin Peay State University (TN)
      •  Murray State University (KY)
      •  University of Houston-Victoria (TX)
    •  Chair, Three, Off-Site Universities, Fall, 2010
      • Montevallo University
      • University of South Carolina at Aiken
      • Winthrop University
    • Chair of the following On-Site Visits
      •   Southern University at New Orleans, Spring, 2010
      •  Sherman College of Chiropractic, Spartanburg, SC
      • Tarleton State University, TX Spring 2009
  • Contributed to the Reports as a Member of the On-Site Visiting Committees
    • Howard Payne University, Spring 2003
    • St. Augustine’s College, Fall 2002
    • Bennett College, Spring 2001
    • Barbara Scotia College, Fall 2000
    • Voorhees College, Fall 2001
  • Co-Chair, FVSU SACS Accreditation Steering Committee
  • Chair, Fort Valley State University’s Academic Component of SACS Accreditation Visit,  Spring 2000
  • Author of four External HBCU-UP Evaluation Reports written subsequent to institutional reviews:
    •  Harris-Stowe
    •  Morgan State University
    •  Bennett College
    •  Norfolk State University
  • Author of the first QEP Newsletter, Fort Valley State University
  • Editor of the QEP Faculty Development Manual and Author of Critical Thinking Modules


Book Review: Rockswold, Gary & Rockswold, J., Algebra and Trigonometry: 5th Edition, 2014, Pearson Education, Inc., Boston, MA

Journal Articles:

The Mathematics Educator, #525: The Art of Problem Solving and Critical Thinking, September, 2011

The Mathematics Educator, #570: A Basic Mathematics Proficiency and Algebra Assistance Class for Freshman College Students