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Marilyn Davis

Director, Center for Educational Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, College for Education and Engaged Learning

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Marilyn R. Davis is the Director of the Center for Educational Innovation and Strategic Partnerships and the nationally recognized, Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal (MSUNER), both entities are interdisciplinary infrastructures for school/university and community partnerships to practice simultaneous renewal of PreK-12 teaching, learning and innovation in education.

Ms. Davis is a Montclair State University, “boundary spanner” situated in a “third space” between the university, PK-12 learning settings, and community. She is not bound solely by the traditions or responsibilities of any one institution. Her work focuses on elevating systems and practices to enhance education innovation and the learning of all involved in the collaborative processes of teaching and learning.

She is a yogic philosophy practitioner and teacher.

Research Practice:
Contributing Researcher: Elev8 Community Schools (Atlantic Philanthropies Funded Program Evaluation),
Lead Research Scientists: SUN PATH: Alternative Scaffolded Pathways to Healthcare Certification and Licensure (New Mexico, $5 million Workforce Development Fund Grant (TAACCT). Four years of program Evaluation for 13 participating New Mexico Community College programs.


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 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). Executive Producer. 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

Certificates: Anderson School of Management Business Administration Program (1990)
Center for East/West Transformation: Yoga Instructor (1994)

Graduate Program Content Completion:
1. MA Educational Leadership: School Finance and School/University Partnerships
2. Ph.D. Language Literacy & Sociocultural Studies: Educational Theory/Qualitative Research Methods
3. Ph.D. Educational Psychology: Human Development and Quantitative Research Methods
4. Ph.D. Teacher Education and Teacher Development:(In Proposal/ABD Status)

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)
6. Family Finance Advisor: Albuquerque, NM Habitat for Humanity (1994 - 1998)
7. Educational Missionary: Equatorial Guinea (1999 - present)