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Assistant Professor

University of Central Oklahoma
jdavis131@uco.edu (405) 974-5134 Curriculum and Instruction LIB131B , Box 127

About

Dr. Jill Davis joined the UCO Department of Curriculum and Instruction as assistant professor in academic year 2015-2016. Prior to UCO, she taught pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and in a K-1 multiage classroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While teaching, she earned her National Board Certification.  She was also awarded the Oklahoma Early Childhood Educator of the Year and Teacher of the Year at Kendall-Whittier Elementary in Tulsa. Dr. Davis’ research interests include advocacy, teacher autonomy, early childhood teacher education and constructivist teaching practices. She has taken her research and classroom experiences and presented at the international, national, state and local levels. 

Education and Certifications

Ph.D., Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum, Early Childhood Education

University of Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK, 2015

Dissertation: Experiences of early childhood educators who use constructivist approaches in an era of high-stakes accountability.

M.Ed., Early Childhood Education

Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, OK, 2009

Capstone Paper: Roles of parents in the education of children with special needs: Comparing programs inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and U.S. public schools following the mandates of NCLB.

B.S., Early Childhood Education

Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, OK, 1999

Experience

Assistant Professor, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK, 2015 to Present

Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education Coursework including Preschool/Primary Mathematics, Creative Arts, and Literacy in the Primary Grades and University Supervisor for Student Teachers

Adjunct Instructor, University of Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK, 2010 to 2015

Early Childhood Education Coursework including Early Childhood Mathematics and University Supervisor for Student Teachers

Adjunct Instructor, Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, OK, 2009 to 2014

Early Childhood Education Coursework

Early Childhood Educator, Kendall-Whittier Elementary, Tulsa, OK, 2000 to 2012

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Teacher

Early Childhood Teacher, Allen-Bowden Schools, Tulsa, OK, 1999 to 2000

Pre-Kindergarten, Public School/Head Start Collaborative

Honors and Awards

Emergent Faculty Award for Professional Contributions, 2019

University of Central Oklahoma, College of Education and Professional Studies, Edmond, OK

Faculty Book and Materials Grant, Spring 2019 

Teaching Mathematics through Children’s Literature in Early Childhood and Elementary Grades, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK 

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Published Journal Article

Davis, J. M., & Kelly, J. L. (2017). Encouraging family involvement in math during the early years. Dimensions of Early Childhood, 45(3), 4-9.

Davis, J. M. (2013). Toddler engagement in math through play at a child development center. Oklahoma Journal of School Mathematics, 5(2).

International Presentations

Riley, E., & Davis, J. M. (2019, April).  Encouraging mathematics through the use of loose parts in toddler classrooms. Presented at the International Infant Toddler Conference, Tulsa, OK.

National Presentations

Davis, J.M., & Ethridge, E.A. (2019, November). Advocacy in early childhood education: Lessons gleaned from the Oklahoma walkout. Accepted for the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, Nashville, TN.

Curry, C., Davis, J. M., and Cassel, D. (2019, March).  Family math night: Student-faculty collaboration for transformative learning in teacher education. Presented at the Transformative Learning Conference, Edmond, OK.

Ethridge, E. A., Davis, J. M., & Winterbottom, C. (2018, November). Lessons gleaned from the Oklahoma walkout. Presented at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Davis, J. M., Cassel, D., & Curry, C. (2018, November). Family math game night: Integrating service learning in a teacher education program. Presented at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Davis, J. M., & Mullins, M. M. (2018, June). Where are the boys who look like me? The limited portrayal of African American males in children’s books. Presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Learning Institute, Austin, TX.

Davis, J. M. (2017, November). Standing up for developmentally appropriate practice: Stories of autonomous early childhood educators. Presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Davis, J. M. (2017, June). Advocacy experiences of a pre-service teachers in early childhood education courses. Presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Learning Institute, San Francisco, CA.

Davis, J. M., & Kelly, J. L. (2016, November). Twitter 101 for teacher educators: The why, what, and how. Presented at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Kelly, J. L., Davis, J. M., & Ethridge, E. A. (2016, June). Advocacy in teacher education. Presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Development Institute, Baltimore, MD.

Davis, J. M., & Ethridge, E. A. (2015, November). Teaching outside the bubble: An examination of the characteristics and experiences of autonomous early childhood educators in an era of high-stakes accountability. Presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Davis, J. M. (2015, November). Experiences of early childhood educators who use constructivist approaches in an era of high-stakes accountability. Presented at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Ethridge, E. A., Kelly, J. L., & Davis, J. M. (2015, November). Advocacy in Teacher Education:  Does it Make a Difference? Presented at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Interests

In her free time, Dr. Davis enjoys crafting, reading, binge watching television shows, going to the movies, and spending time with her husband and two children.

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