Jeni Davis, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Elementary at Salisbury University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University, a M.S. from Northwest Missouri State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. Her area of concentration is Elementary Education, specifically, Science Teacher Education.
Dr. Davis came to SU from the University of South Florida. There she taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in elementary science methods, led content-focused coaching in the Urban Teacher Residency Partnership Program, and designed an online/face-to-face Teaching Elementary Science professional development series for elementary teachers in Panama. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Davis was an elementary teacher in Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS. As a classroom teacher Dr. Davis taught all subject areas and worked as one school’s Science Curriculum Coordinator and led science trainings for elementary teachers.
Dr. Davis’s program of research focuses on the teaching and learning of science. She explores ways in which teachers’ understanding of science (as inquiry) develops in the context of university-district partnerships and/or networks of support. Dr. Davis strives to design and participate in projects that can impact K-5 learning in the elementary classroom. Specific to science teaching and learning, her research focuses on (a) elementary science teacher development, so that she can (1) design strategies to develop elementary teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge of science teaching and (2) support K-5 children’s participation in authentic scientific discourse and practices; (b) content-focused coaching as job-embedded professional development, and (c) integrated STEM education in elementary classrooms.
Dr. Davis is an active member in the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE), and the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST).