Dr. Davis received the B.S. in Pharmacy “with distinction” in 1973 from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. During his undergraduate studies, he participated in the NSF Undergraduate Research Program, and was awarded the CRC Achievement Award in Chemistry, the Merck Award in Pharmaceutics, and the National Kilmer Prize for his research in natural products chemistry. He continued his education in the Division of Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products at the University of Iowa, and received the Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry in 1976. During his graduate studies, he served as a teaching assistant, NIH sponsored research assistant, and Lilly Foundation Fellow.
In 1976, Dr. Davis accepted a position as a Welch Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Drug Dynamics Institute at the University of Texas College of Pharmacy. In 1978, he accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Texas College of Pharmacy. In 1982, he was promoted to Associate Professor, and in 1986 was promoted to Full Professor and was appointed as Head of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry (serving until 1996). In January 1993, he was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas, and in 2007 as Senior Associate Dean, and has principal responsibilities in faculty development, curriculum implementation, and accreditation. He holds the Eckerd Centennial Professorship in Pharmacy.
Dr. Davis’ administrative and service responsibilities have included participation on numerous standing and ad hoc committees. He has served on the Curriculum Committee every year since joining the Faculty in 1978, served as Chairman from 1982-1985 during the development of the differentiated professional program, and currently serves ex officio as Sr. Assoc. Dean. He has chaired the Program Assessment Team and the Academic Support Committee since their inception. Dr. Davis has been extensively involved at the University level in representing faculty in governance, education, and technology-related issues. He served as Chair of the University Council (the primary faculty governance body) and currently serves on the Executive Committee of that body. He has served on numerous university committees that focus on education technology, and currently chairs the Research & Education Technology Committee for the campus. At the National Level, Dr. Davis is a member of several professional societies, including the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) where he has served as Chair of the Chemistry Section, as a member of the Academic Affairs Committee, as well as numerous standing and ad hoc committees. Dr. Davis has served as a site-team accreditation reviewer for the Accreditation Council for Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) for over a decade. He is a member of the Rho Chi Honor Society (Pharmacy), the Phi Lambda Upsilon Honor Society (Chemistry), Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and is a member and Faculty Advisor to Phi Lambda Sigma (the Pharmacy Leadership Society).
Dr. Davis’ teaching activities include required pharmacy coursework in antibiotics, metabolism, and pharmacogenomics; P4 internships focusing on academic preparation; elective courses in antibiotics and on emerging infections; a Freshman Signature Course on “Really Bad Bugs: Twelve Diseases that Changed the World”; and graduate courses in metabolism, antibiotics, and advanced medicinal chemistry concepts. He was the recipient of the Texas Excellence Teaching Award (TETA Award) in 1983 and 2000, and was also presented the University of Texas James W. Vick Texas Excellence Award for Academic Advising in 1994. Dr. Davis was elected to the University of Texas “Academy of Distinguished Teachers” in 1995, which carries the lifetime title of “Distinguished University Teaching Professor.” He was the inaugural recipient of the University of Texas DIIA (Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment) “Excellence in Teaching” Award in 2006. In 2010, he was selected for a “Regents Outstanding Teaching Award” by the Board of Regents for the University of Texas System, and in 2012 he as selected for the University of Texas “President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award.” In 2013 he was elected as an inaugural member of the University of Texas System’s Academic of Distinguished Teachers.
Dr. Davis’ research has focused on (1) drug metabolism and biopharmaceutical analysis, and (2) the impact of technology (including instructional, informational, and distance technologies) on pharmacy education. He has over seventy-five publications and over one hundred fifty abstracts to meetings of learned societies.
Disclosure: Dr. Davis has no relevant financial relationship(s), potential or perceived, with commercial or conflicts of interest to disclose.