Dr. Wendy Wood Davis has been a member of the Campbellsville University faculty since 2007. As an associate professor in history, she is the faculty sponsor of the Campbellsville University Collegiate Historians, which is now the Alpha Xi Sigma Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. CU’s Phi Alpha Theta has been very active, including a trip last January to Washington D.C. to attend the Presidential inauguration. She organized student trips to Boston; Cherokee, N.C.; and a “Civil Rights Movement” trip in the Spring of 2012 when the students traveled to Charleston, S.C. and Savannah, GA. You can keep up with the students’ experiences on CU Phi Alpha Theta’s Twitter @CUPhiAlphaTheta.
Valiant efforts are required of historians working in Kentucky’s small private schools – and they often must take on a variety of jobs all in one. She works closely with the Taylor County Historical Society and works with her students to hold fundraisers for this sister organization’s benefit. As one of her students wrote in a testimonial for the University: “Dr. Wendy Davis has been very instrumental in shaping me as a person and a lover of history and teaching. I can honestly say that she cares about all of her students and desires to make history fun and exciting not only for history majors, but for her general education students as well.”
Dr. Davis earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Secondary Education and Masters in History from Western Kentucky University (WKU). She received a PhD from the University of Kentucky and returned to WKU to get a graduate certificate in women’s studies. She has taught at the college level for the past sixteen years. Her specialty is women’s history, religious history and modern America.
She also serves as an adjunct professor in women’s studies at Western Kentucky University where she teaches both online and face-to-face classes. As she states in her bio on the WKU website: “I love teaching Women’s Studies because it allows me to help students see the world around them differently. Looking through the lens of gender and from the perspective of women, allows them to understand how diverse experiences can be in today’s society. I also love to watch my students get involved in campus events and causes that are especially important to them.”
Congratulations to Dr. Wendy Wood Davis for all her hard work in furthering the education of so many of our Kentucky students.