Cynthia Davis, acting vice provost and dean of the Undergraduate School, is an experienced academic leader and manager of nonprofit organizations. She brings a long career in academic affairs, workforce development, and both administrative and academic management.
Dr. Davis earned a BA (summa cum laude) from the University of Texas-Austin. She earned her MA and PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in contemporary British and American literature, and teaches modern British literature for UMUC online. Dr. Davis has taught courses ranging from freshman English and literature surveys to upper-level and graduate courses in twentieth-century British and American literature at universities including Texas A&M-Kingsville, Union College in New York, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and George Mason University in Virginia. She has also published articles on feminist literary criticism and on contemporary writers including Toni Morrison, John Barth, Stanley Kunitz, Dylan Thomas, and Margaret Drabble.
Dr. Davis has also been a manager in a variety of non-profit organizations, and became a Certified Association Executive in 1989. Before coming to UMUC, she was the executive director of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals in Washington, D.C. She has conducted training in a variety of nonprofit management areas including strategic planning, quality management, and membership marketing. On returning to academia in 1998, she became UMUC's assistant dean for communication, arts, and humanities. She became the associate dean for academic affairs in UMUC's Undergraduate School in 2000, overseeing undergraduate activities related to learning outcomes assessment, academic policy, quality, accreditation, and curriculum development. In that position, she managed UMUC's transition from a general studies degree to 22 bachelor's degrees; development of an additional 11 bachelor's degrees including the most recent, the cybersecurity degree; development of undergraduate certificates; and total redesign of the undergraduate curriculum to be more workforce oriented and outcomes based.