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Marilyn Davis

Director, Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal, Center of Pedagogy

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Marilyn R. Davis is the Director of the Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal (MSUNER), an interdisciplinary infrastructure for school/university partnerships to practice simultaneous renewal of teacher education from induction to advanced professional development. She is the “boundary spanner” situated in a “third space” between the university and PK12 settings and is not bound solely by the traditions or responsibilities of any one institution. Her work focuses on elevating systems and practices to enhance the learning of all involved in the partnership. She began her education career at the University of New Mexico (UNM), College of Education in 1988, and earned a Master of Educational Leadership in school/university collaboration, state budgets, and school finance. Davis subsequently became the Director and Liaison for the College of Education Professional Development Partnerships, the Institute for Professional Development, a Steering Committee Member of the Albuquerque Public Schools Cognitive Coaching Collaborative, a Board Member of Elev8 Community Schools, and Associate Director, of the University of New Mexico Research Service Learning Program, and Director of the University College, Vice President's Development Foundation for Research Service Learning. She has served as principal investigator of more than $20 million in annually contracted funds in the College of Education, UNM/Albuquerque Public Schools, and Professional Development Partnership, to prepare teachers and strengthen and sustain programs for experienced teachers in school districts along the Middle Rio Grande corridor of New Mexico (1990 - 2004). In 2004 she joined Montclair State University, Center of Pedagogy, to Direct the New Jersey Consortium for Urban Education (NJCUE). NJCUE included five school districts under state supervision (Jersey City, Newark, Paterson, and Trenton), and four colleges of education (Montclair State University, the lead institution, Jersey City University, Kean University, and William Paterson University). In this role, she increased participation from 15 students to 45 students annually in special education, mathematics, and science. Davis joined Zayed University, United Arab Emirates, in 2008, as a doctoral fellow, teaching educational psychology courses and qualitative and quantitative research methods. She returned to New Mexico in 2012 as a Research Scientist at the UNM College of Education Multicultural Education Center and the Center for Educational Policy Research. Davis’s current research interests sit in the pre-service and teacher educators' understandings and perception of equity as linked to teacher preparation and practice in school-based settings.

Elev8 Community Schools (Atlantic Philanthropies Funded Program Evaluation), Contributing Researcher;
SunPath Alternative Paths to Healthcare Certification (Workforce Development (TAACCT)Fund) Lead Research Scientists (13 New Mexico Community Colleges - Program Evaluation)


Davis, M. R., & Hassan, A. A. H. A. (2013). Teaching for service learning and community leadership in the United Arab Emirates, Collective Efficacy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Leadership (Advances in Educational Administration, Volume 20).

Davis, M., Jaber, M. A., AlSumaiti, R., & Williams, B. (2016). Emiratiyat Embracing a Shifting World: Ways of Knowing Leadership in the United Arab Emirates, Racially and Ethnically Diverse Women Leading Education: A Worldview (Advances in Educational Administration, Volume 25).

Davis, M. R. (2008). Executive Producer. Changing the culture of learning and giving at UNM:
The undergraduate research service-learning program at the
University of New Mexico, DVD Multimedia Presentation
The 1st White House Conference on Faith-Based and Community Organizations
The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Davis, M. R. (2003).The Diverse Faces of Partnership: The APS/UNM Exchange of Services
Collaborative Partnership, Video Multimedia Presentation
The Fifth Annual Holmes Partnership Conference
Presented by: Dean Viola Florez, College of Education, University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Graduate Program Content Completion:
1. MA Educational Leadership: Finance and School/University Partnerships
2. Ph.D. Language Literacy & Sociocultural Studies: Educational Thought/Qualitative Research Methods
3. Ph.D. Educational Psychology: Human Development and Quantitative Research Methods
4. Ph.D. Teacher Education and Teacher Development: in progress
1. Transformational Leadership and Educational Alchemy
2. ADL: Anti-Racism Training the Trainer Facilitator Certification
3. Certified: Contract and Grant Writer, Funding, and Administration
4. University/Community-based Participatory Research Service Learning Developer (National and International)
5. Community Schools and Historical Neighborhoods Organizer (New Mexico: 1994 - 2004)