Education

Master of Organizational Leadership, St. Ambrose University

Certified Manager Certification, Institute of Professional Managers

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Lewis University

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Bill Davis

Bill Davis, MA, CM


Forbes School of Business®

Biography

Bill Davis is a Core Faculty and Faculty Senator in the Forbes School of Business at Ashford University. He holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from St. Ambrose University, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Lewis University, and a Certified Manager Certification from The Institute of Certified Professional Managers. Davis completed sales, human relations, and leadership courses at Dale Carnegie Training. He is a former executive who has over three decades experience working in the beverage industry, specifically in the PepsiCo system. He has also worked as a consultant for many organizations, advising in subjects like strategic planning, leadership, marketing, professional selling, conflict resolution, and organizational change.

Since joining the institution in 2005, Bill has shared his real world professional experience to help students bridge the gap of understanding between theory and practice. His teaching practices reinforce learning and theory. Bill helps students explore concepts, ideas, and theories so they make even stronger connections within the online classroom. Bill Davis’ teaching career began in 2003 and aside from Ashford he has instructed at Blackhawk College and St. Ambrose. He has taught over 160 undergraduate courses, both online and in brick and mortar environments, in subjects such as management, organizational change, leadership, sales, and marketing.

In 2008, he was one of three national recipients for the distinguished CAP Award from the Commission for Accelerated Programs and was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Adult Learning Honor Society, and he was nominated for outstanding faculty of the year (2014) in the Forbes School of Business. Ashford has presented him with Leadership and Excellence in Teaching awards as well. Davis has a strong background in volunteer work. He has served as a past president of the Rock Island Optimist Club, a lieutenant governor for Region 4 of Illinois Optimists, on the steering committee of the local United Way board, as advisor and teacher with Junior Achievement of the Quad-Cities, and as a volunteer for Adopt-a-School. Bill Davis is on the Board of Regents for the Institute of Certified Professional Managers.

See Bill Davis present “Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan” at Forbes School of Business® Mentor Week.

Accomplishments
An interdisciplinary team of Drs. Andree Swanson (Associate Professor), Bill Davis (Instructor), Karen Ivy (Assistant Professor), Forbes School of Business; Christine McMahon, Assistant Professor, and Matt Laubacher, Academic Dept. Chair, College of Liberal Arts presented a virtual presentation: "Lessons learned: Video" in the online classroom. Virtual presentation, VII International Guide Conference: " Cultural Identity in the Midst of Global Modernizations: The Role of Distance Education," Universidad Panamericana, Guatemala City, Guatemala (2014).

Bill Davis (Core Faculty), Drs. Lora Reed (Professor), and Andree Swanson (Associate Professor) presented "A Review of Current Literature on Transformational and Servant Leadership as Applies to Distance Education." University of Wisconsin-Madison, Distance Learning and Teaching Conference (2014).

Bill Davis (Core Faculty, Forbes School of Business) presented "Groups, Diversity and Creativity" to Clinton Leadership School, Clinton Chamber of Commerce, Clinton, Iowa (2015).

Bill Davis (Core Faculty, Forbes School of Business) presented "Leading Change and Getting to Yes" to Clinton Leadership School, Clinton Chamber of Commerce, Clinton, Iowa in (2014).

Bill Davis (Core Faculty, Forbes School of Business) presented "Passion, Purpose and Time Management" to Idea Lab, Results Marketing, St. Ambrose University Professional Development Center, Davenport, Iowa (2014).

Bill Davis (Core Faculty, Forbes School of Business) presented "Classroom Leadership," a virtual presentation for Think Tank, San Diego, CA (2013).

Bill Davis (Core Faculty, Forbes School of Business) presented "Getting to Yes," a virtual presentation for the United States Distance Learning Association (2013).

Bill Davis (Core Faculty). Drs. Maja Zelihic (Assistant Professor), Alan Swank (Assistant Professor) and Lora Reed (Associate Professor), Forbes School of Business presented a virtual presentation “Think tanks.” Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2015).

Drs. Lora Reed (Professor), Maja Zelihic (Assistant Professor), Alan Swank (Assistant Professor), and Bill Davis (Core Faculty) were awarded a $8,000.00 from the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship, Ashford University -- "FSB Think Tank Outcomes: Exploring Teaching, Learning, & Relationship Building in a Virtual Learning Community," (December 2014 - December 2015).

Drs. Maja Zelihic (Assistant Professor), Lora Reed (Professor), Alan Swank (Assistant Professor), and Bill Davis (Core Faculty) published “Think Tank Comparisions: Lessons Learned at a For Profit University and Applied in a Corporate Setting.” Journal of American Business Review, Cambridge, 7 (2015).

Drs. Lora Reed (Professor), Alan Swank (Assistant Professor), Maja Zelihic (Assistant Professor), and Bill Davis (Core Faculty) published “The Virtual University Think Tank: Exploration of a Mixed-methods, Inductive, and Exploratory Analysis.” Albuquerque, New Mexico: University of New Mexico (2015).

Bill Davis (Core Faculty), Drs. Lora Reed (Professor), Maja Zelihic (Assistant Professor), and Alan Swank (Assistant Professor), presented “Forbes School of Business Think Tanks – Exploring Teaching, Learning and Relationship Building in a Virtual Community.” University of Wisconsin-Madison, Distance Learning and Teaching Conference (2015).

Bill Davis (Core Faculty). Drs. Maja Zelihic (Assistant Professor), and Alan Swank (Assistant Professor), Forbes School of Business published “Forbes school of business think tanks exploring teaching, learning & relations building in a virtual learning community.” Signos Universitarious journal, 10 (2016).

Bill Davis (Core Faculty), Forbes School of Business received a special acknowledgement in the academic textbook, “Organizational change.” Bill was acknowledged by the author, Dr. Joseph Weiss, for his review work and for his valuable feedback and insights (2016).

Bill Davis (Core Faculty), Forbes School of Business received a special acknowledgement in the academic textbook, “An introduction to leadership.” Bill was acknowledged by the author, Dr. Joseph Weiss, for his review work and for his valuable feedback and insights (2016).

Dr. Maja Zelihic, (Assistant Professor), Bill Davis, (Core Faculty), and Dr. Kevin Kuznia (Assistant Professor), Forbes School of Business presented a virtual presentation: “E-learning systems and adaptability patters in online education.” XI International Guide Conference and IX International EDtECH Ikaasnabar Congress E-Learning 2016: New Strategies and Trends. Guide Association – Global Universities in Distance Education (2016).

Bill Davis (Core Faculty). Drs. Mike Reilly (Professor), and Dr. Ron Beach (Assistant Professor), Forbes School of Business published four articles in the Institute of Certified Professional Managers Management Briefs. Articles submitted: 1) Embracing diversity and effective leadership for success, 2) Changing times – try these 3 contingency leadership theories, and 3) Two strategies for successful stress management (2016).

Bill Davis (Core Faculty), Forbes School of Business is a frequent article contributor to Ashford Universities Forward Thinking, the Institute of Certified Professional Managers Management Briefs, Academic Capital and Ashford University & Forbes School of Business Cutting Edge.