Associate Professor of Music Education, Director of the Center for Research in Creative Learning
Anita Davis, Ph.D. attained degrees in music performance and education from The Florida State University, and is an accomplished education researcher and musician with extensive experience in talent development, interdisciplinary teaching and learning, evaluation and assessment, and music performance. Her highly recognized career accomplishments engaged varied students and faculty as she directed collegiate, secondary, and non-profit choral music and education programs, developed technology-enhanced undergraduate and graduate programs, formed and administrated educational research collaborations, and served faculty at Georgia Southern University, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and currently serves The University of Southern Mississippi through leadership in curricular development and governance affairs. The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Science Foundation, the U. S. Department of Education, and numerous state and local organizations significantly funded outreach programs and multi-agency research projects that Dr. Davis proposed and implemented. These projects successfully involved secondary students, undergraduates, and graduates in the development of music talent and teaching skills through performance opportunities and multi-disciplinary projects in arts and sciences.