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Patricia Davis, PhD

Full Professor, School of Education

Patricia Davis, headshot

Areas of Expertise:

  • ​Special Education
  • Gifted Education
  • International Education


  • ​​PhD, Northcentral University, AZ
  • MA, Augustana University, SD


  • ​​A Comparison of High and Low Performing Schools in the Soroti Catholic Diocese, Uganda, East Africa

Research Areas of Interest:

  • ​Significant Disproportionality in Special Education
  • Reading Instruction in Low and Middle-Income Countries,
  • Twice-Exceptional Students in Gifted Education

Certifications and /or licenses:

  • State of Iowa Permanent Professional (lifetime) Certificate in multiple content areas including K-12 Special Education Director, K-12 Gifted Education, 7-12 English and 7-12 Mass Communications
  • State of Nebraska Professional Teacher, K-12 Special Education and Gifted Education
  • National Board Certified Teacher, Early Adolescence grades 5-8 (Generalist)
  • TESOL Certification (level 6)
  • State of Colorado Teaching License, English Language Arts, Speech, Gifted/Special Education

Selected Publications:

  • Davis. P. (2021) Literature Review: Self-Learning Modules (SLMs) in Low and Middle-Income Countries (L&MISCs). San Francisco: Room to Read.
  • Davis, P. (2020), Curriculum Guide for No Barriers Young Adult Version, McMillan.
  • Davis, P. (2018) Literary Resource Guide. Catapult Learning/Department of Defense.
  • Davis, P. (2016), English Language Arts Guide for Touch the Top, Erik Weihenmayer Memoir. Boulder: No Barriers Press.

Selected Professional Experience:

Professional Positions: 

  • Distinguished Core Faculty, Northcentral University
  • Core Faculty, American College of Education
  • International Facilitation Fellow, University of Texas Dana Center
  • President & CEO, De Novo Learning. Inc. 
  • Lead Consultant, McREL International
  • National Implementation Specialist, Scholastic. Inc. 
  • Director of Education, Opportunity Education Foundation
  • Classroom Teacher and Director of Special Services, select schools in Iowa and Nebraska (15 years)


  • International Facilitation Fellow, Dana Center, University of Texas (2015 – 2018)
  • National Christa McAuliffe Fellow
  • Time Magazine Teacher of the Year Finalist
  • USA Today, All-American Teacher, 3rd Team