Ivan DavisTitle: Assistant Professor of English
Office Location: Nethery Hall 107
Phone: (269) 471-3698
Education:BA, BS Atlantic Union College
MA Andrews University
PhD Ball State University
I've been on the English department faculty since 1995, but it's really a department that I've grown up in, quite literally, since my father began teaching here in 1977. As a "P.K." (professor's kid), later a graduate student, and now a faculty member, I've seen the department from a variety of perspectives. And I've enjoyed each of these stages.
My specialty area is rhetoric and composition, so I teach primarily writing classes, including general education writing courses, Introduction to Rhetoric (part of the English major core), and graduate courses on teaching composition.
In 2002, I received my PhD in English from Ball State University. My dissertation, Influence and Collaboration in the Work of Fred Newton Scott, examines a pivotal figure in composition theory and pedagogy from the early 20th century, and I continue to pursue scholarship focused on the history of composition, both theory and practice. Currently, I'm developing an article that reassesses the collaborative authorship of early 20th century "compositionists" Joseph Villiers Denney and Fred Newton Scott.
In addition to my work in the English, I also coach the Andrews University Women’s Basketball Team, which competes in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. My wife, Brynja Davis, teaches in the department of speech-language pathology and audiology at Andrews, and we have three children, Bryndis, Leif and Axel.