“Her case for her promotion was outstanding. She truly deserved it,” Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo, director of the School of Languages, Cultures, and Race (SLCR) and professor of comparative ethnic studies professor, said.
Promotions for clinical faculty are earned on the basis of merit and evidence of their accomplishment while at WSU.
“She’s also very caring about her fellow faculty members, and always makes sure they are taken care of,” Lugo-Lugo said.
In addition to her outstanding work in the classroom, Davis has a significant interest in curriculum development. She has always been interested in understanding how the school works and what can be improved to create a better student experience, she said.
To that end, she contributed to the creation of a second major in French for the Professions in which ten students are currently enrolled. She also developed the new minor studies program in French for Design and Merchandising for students in fashion and design who also have studied French.
Only one student is currently enrolled, however, Davis hopes to work with the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design & Textiles faculty and advisors to get the message out to students.
Most impactful has been her Capstone course “French Culture Through Wine,” which is offered in the spring and attracts over 60 students from all WSU campuses.
All of the languages offered by the school are important, and French is a significant part of our linguistic history, whether we speak French or not, Lugo-Lugo said.
“In the case of French, it provides a bridge between the Roman languages and the Germanic languages,” she said.
“With the support of a lot of colleagues, and recognition that I was doing a good job, I thought, well, maybe I can try and apply for a promotion,” Davis said.
Davis was thankful for her colleagues who have been supportive over the years. Joan Grenier-Winther, French professor, gave her opportunities to grow and do different things, instead of being just a French instructor, Davis said.
“She basically told me you’ve got to believe in yourself, and if you feel like you’ve done a good job, then you should apply for promotion and just do it,” Davis said.