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Longwood business professor receives regional teaching award

October 25, 2010

Cheryl Davis Cheryl Davis

Cheryl Davis, senior lecturer of business education and computer information management systems at Longwood University, has been selected the 2010 Outstanding Collegiate Teacher of the Year by the Southern Business Education Association (SBEA).

Davis received the award Oct. 22 during the SBEA's annual convention in Charleston, S.C. The SBEA, an affiliate of the National Business Education Association (NBEA), represents more than 3,000 business educators from 12 states. As the regional collegiate teacher of the year, Davis is a candidate for the national collegiate teacher of the year award, which will be announced at the NBEA annual convention in April 2011.

The criteria for the award include contributions to business education through teaching; participation in professional organizations; involvement in other activities such as departmental responsibilities, serving on committees; and working with student organizations; and contributions to business education through major articles, publications and research activities. The recipient is chosen by an anonymous committee appointed by the Executive Board of the SBEA. Davis was nominated by the Virginia Business Education Association (VBEA).

Davis coordinates the concentration in business education, her academic specialty. She received an M.S. in education with a concentration in supervision at Longwood in 1996. Before joining the Longwood faculty in 2001, she was a business teacher at Appomattox County High School from 1993 to 2001 and at Denbigh High School in Newport News High School from 1991 to 1993.

"Ms. Davis clearly loves her profession," said Dr. Paul Barrett, dean of the College of Business & Economics. "It shows in everything she does with and for her students. Her students are particularly drawn to her ability to understand where they are and how they need to learn. No two students are alike, and Ms. Davis has a keen understanding of this principle and finds ways to communicate so that each student feels like they are the only one in the classroom."

Davis is currently serving as the college and university representative on the Executive Board of the VBEA, and she presents annually at the VBEA conference. She is faculty adviser for Phi Beta Lambda, a student business organization; co-director of the Educational Division of the SNVC Institute for Leadership at Longwood; co-director of the Longwood Region of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA); and a member of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society and Delta Sigma Pi international business fraternity. She serves on numerous departmental and university committees and is a consultant for the Cumberland County Public Schools Foundation.

"Cheryl's work with the Future Business Leaders of America contributed to her nomination," said Judy Sams, who is VBEA treasurer and, interestingly, was Davis' high school business teacher. "She takes her instruction beyond the classroom by serving as a co-director of the FBLA at the regional level and by serving with Phi Beta Lambda. She really is a role model for her students.

"A couple weeks ago, she set up a field trip in which her Business Education Methods class visited the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond, the Virginia Department of Education, and the CTE (Career and Technical Education) Resource Center. She works as a role model for professionalism by being active in her own professional organizations and promoting professionalism in her classes."

Although Longwood is one of 13 Virginia colleges or universities approved by the Virginia Department of Education to offer business education, Davis is currently the only instructor in Virginia certified by the National Association for Business Teacher Education to teach the NBEA online methods course. She developed and teaches three online courses: CIMS 170, Management 190, and Business Education 435.

Davis has an M.B.A. in management from Lynchburg College and a B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University in management with a concentration in business education. Davis has called Buckingham County home for about 30 years.