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UC awards Dr. Reid Davis tenure


Williamsburg, Ky. – Associate Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Reid Davis has been awarded tenure as announced by Dr. Larry Cockrum, Vice President of Academic Affairs at University of the Cumberlands (UC).

Davis grew up in East Tennessee, receiving a B.A. in mathematics and German from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He spent a year as a Fulbright scholar, studying mathematics at the Universitaet Bielefeld in Bielefeld, (West) Germany. Before moving on to a doctoral program, Davis worked at the Technology for Energy Corporation in Knoxville, developing safety and efficiency monitoring software for nuclear and conventional power plants. Returning to UT, he received his Ph.D. in mathematics, specializing in enumerative combinatorics.

From 1991 to 2000, Davis worked as an instructor in the UT mathematics department. During this time, he also worked as the head of the mathematics department at Knoxville College and as a visiting assistant professor of mathematics at Maryville College. In 2000, he was hired as an assistant professor for the new position of “Outreach Mathematician” by the UT mathematics department. This position required Davis to serve as a liaison between the mathematics department and the world of mathematics education (high school mathematics teachers, teaching organizations, and the university’s College of Education).

He began teaching at UC in 2004. He especially appreciates that UC allows and encourages him to teach his students how mathematics relates to and expresses the glory of God. He now teaches College Mathematics, precalculus, calculus, upper division courses in geometry, linear algebra, and the history of mathematics. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Davis advises mathematic majors and serves on faculty committees. He has served on the convocation and student honors committees. He also organizes the Mathematics and Physics Department’s High School Mathematics Contest. This contest has been held annually since the early 1960s and typically brings 100-150 students from Kentucky and Tennessee high schools to the UC campus for a day of mathematics competitions.

Off campus, Davis is an active member of Christ Chapel, a small interdenominational church in Knoxville, where he often teaches adult Sunday school classes. He has recently been teaching on church history and the writings of early Christian leaders, also known as the church fathers.

In addition to performing on an adequate level, professors applying for tenure must also show evidence of distinction, promise of continued growth as well as demonstration of service to the university and the community. Faculty members who apply are required to compose a narrative explaining their teaching philosophy, collect letters of recommendations from supporting faculty and students and appear before the Tenure and Promotions Committee for an interview. Tenure is usually awarded after seven years of full-time service at the university and promotion to associate professor.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.