Ivan Davis

Ivan Davis

Ivan Davis

Title: Associate Professor of English
Office Location: Nethery Hall 107
E-mail: ivan@andrews.edu
Phone: (269) 471-3698


BA, BS  Atlantic Union College
MA  Andrews University
PhD Ball State University


I joined the Andrews University English department in 1997. My specialty area is rhetoric and composition, which means I teach a variety writing classes, including general education writing courses, Introduction to Rhetoric (part of the English major core), and graduate courses on teaching composition.  I also direct our writing program.

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.

In addition to my work in the English department, I have edited Focus: The Andrews University Magazine, and coached the Andrews University Women’s Basketball Team.  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.  In my spare time, I enjoy camping, playing and watching sports, and reading American history.

Current Research or Professional Activities

“’West End Notes’:  Fred Newton Scott’s Brush with Adventist Education.” Adventist English Association, Andrews University, June 28, 2013.

“What’s in a Coauthor?: (Re) Locating Joseph Denney in Composition History.” Composition Studies 40.1 (Spring 2012): 78-94. Print.