Tamra S. Davis, an assistant professor in the Department of Marketing, was recently honored for Outstanding Contributions to Business Education by a University Business Teacher by the North Central Business Education Association (NCBEA).

Davis, who teaches in the business teacher education program at Illinois State’s College of Business, earned her doctorate degree in occupational education from Oklahoma State University. She also holds a master’s degree in business education and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Oklahoma State. She joined Illinois State in 2011. Prior to coming to Illinois State, Davis was a clinical assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma.

Tamra S. Davis handed an award

Tamra S. Davis receives her award.

Davis is active in multiple professional organizations, holding leadership positions in many. Most recently, she served as the international president (2009-13) of the International Society for Business Education (ISBE). She has also been active in the National Business Education Association (NBEA) and both the Mountain-Plains and North Central regions of NBEA.

Davis has been recognized with multiple awards, including the ISBE Bill Anderson Memorial Outstanding Service Award and the Phi Theta Kappa Outstanding Advisor Award. She has also received teaching excellence awards from the Oklahoma Global Education consortium, the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, Tulsa Community College, Mountain-Plains Business Education Association, Oklahoma Business Education Association, and was named the National Junior Achievement Teacher of the Year in Economics.

Davis has published 12 articles in various journals, written case studies for Gale Publishing, business math supplements to textbooks for two publishing companies, and made over 65 presentations at multiple professional conferences.

“Tamra’s dedication to teaching, service, and research is obvious,” one colleague wrote. Another stated, “Her ability to multitask on several projects at one time is admirable.”

“She has already made a significant impact in the program and is a valuable member of the business teacher education (BTE) faculty,” the department chair wrote.

Her students wrote, “She keeps herself on the cutting edge of business and technology and brings those elements to her classroom by pushing us to stay up-to-date and use all forms of technology in our own teaching” and “her passion for business education is evident in her classroom instruction. Dr. Davis encouraged me to strive for excellence in the classroom and has provided guidance when I have struggled with my instruction.”