Michael K. Davis is a well-known Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Studies and is the Director of the Debate Team at James Madison University (JMU). Dr. Davis is originally from Branford, Connecticut; he has lived in Macon, Georgia; Rochester, New York; and Athens, Georgia. He received his undergraduate degree and Master’s degree at Syracuse University and his Doctorate at the University of Georgia.
While at university, Dr. Davis concentrated in speech communication. He has been engaged in research studies, argumentation and public debate. He has a few articles under review for publication in the Black Women’s Studies journal and the Speaker and Gavel.
In recognition for his exceptional contribution to debate, Dr. Davis was awarded the national Director of the Year for Debate award in 2008. Since Davis came to JMU, he has been the Director of Debate has taught a range of classes, including SCOM 472 Media and Politics, SCOM 453 Political Campaigns, General Communication (GCOM), and SCOM 341 Persuasion. Dr. Davis’ favorite part about teaching at JMU is the engaged students in the school and the variety of organizations on campus that enable them to flourish.
During his free time, Davis likes to work on his vegetable garden and to travel; he has visited 48 states of continental America.