Citation of Merit for Outstanding Achievement and Meritorious Service

Nominated:  Alumni Award:  Citation of Merit for Outstanding Achievement and Meritorious Service – University of Missouri College of Education 2015

The College of Education Annual Awards Banquet recognizes the achievements of young professionals, alumni and others who have made outstanding contributions to the college’s professional concerns, goals and objectives, or outstanding contributions to another profession after receiving a degree from Mizzou Ed.

Nomination of Linda Pinkerton Davis

for Citation of Merit for Outstanding Achievement and Meritorious Service

University of Missouri College of Education



  1. Brief statement of candidate’s contributions that qualify him/her for the award


Linda Pinkerton Davis is a credit to her vocation and to the University of Missouri College of Education as demonstrated by the professional and volunteer work she has done and the awards she has won. She holds three degrees from the University of Missouri:

  • D. – Information Science & Learning Technologies
  • Educational Specialist – Educational Administration
  • Master of Education – Educational Administration

Before studying at the University of Missouri, Linda received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Nebraska and certification for education of the hearing impaired K-12 at Lenoir Rhyne College in Lenoir, North Carolina. In addition to chairing the Business, Law and Technology Division and teaching a variety of management information systems courses at William Woods University, she has developed many student service-learning projects, including SWAT (Student Website Assistance Team) and Nocturnal Exodus. She also brought an online 3D virtual world, Second Life, to WWU, and serves as the Management Information Systems (M.I.S.) internship director, as well as a mentor for the honors program.

She holds national certification in three areas: Internet Webmaster, Online Instructing and Education of the Deaf. She is a member of the Association for Computer Training and Support, the Academic Computing Advisory Committee and has completed the IBM Technical Coordinator Program.


  1. Positions Held:

Missouri School for the Deaf – 1981-1990

  • 1981-90 – Taught classes kindergarten-high school and was high school volleyball coach
  • 1985-1990 – Computer Coordinator

William Woods University – 1990-present

  • Chair: Business, Law & Technology Division – Current
  • Faculty Marshal – 2010-present

The marshal is elected by the faculty to serve for the remainder of his or her tenure at William Woods. The marshal is responsible for all matters related to academic protocol and is charged with the organization and regulation of all academic processions and ceremonies.

  • Tenured Professor: Management Information Systems Department – Current
  • Director of MIS Internships – 1991-present
  • Doctoral Committee – for dissertation review
  1. Successful Teaching Experience

During her 25 years at William Woods University, Linda Davis has been recognized several times as an outstanding educator, receiving the

  • Dads’ Association-Louis D. Beaumont Distinguished ProfessorAward for Excellence in Teaching, 2003 – voted on by students at William Woods University


  • Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2003
    • Awards are based on effectiveness of teaching, advising, service to the college/university community, commitment to excellence and ability to nurture student achievement.


  • Nominated for the S. Professors of the Year Award, 2004
    • Award sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Council for Advancement and Support of Education


  • A. Abbott Award for Faculty Excellence by Higher Education & Leadership Ministries (HELM) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 2010.
    • The award is the most prestigious recognition that the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) gives to faculty members of Disciples-related colleges and universities. The recipient must be a professor who inspires students toward excellence, continues to grow and learn in his or her academic discipline and practices a personal faith.


  • Outstanding Educator Award from the Callaway County Chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association, 2015


  1. Significant Contributions
  2. Contributions in the area of curriculum development


  • Has developed and written more than 30 new courses in the Computer Information Science, Management Information Systems Programs.


  • Active member of the Online Curriculum committee – tasked with moving on-ground curriculum to the online setting. Co-wrote three online curricula.


  • Program manager in the Graduate College for two graduate courses


  • Current member of the Doctoral Committee, which assists doctoral students in the development and review of their dissertations


  1. Professional Writing and Presentations
  • Research: “The Effects of Student Learning Styles, Perceptions of Online Learning and Demographics on Distance Education Outcomes in Higher Education”


  • Speaker – 12th Annual IT Project Showcase -Coulter Science Center Lecture Hall – Westminster College    “Usability Testing:  A Technique for Evaluating Products and Websites”


  • Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education E-Learn World Conference – Orlando, Florida,  “Real Life Issues for ‘Second Life’ Challenges in Higher Education”


  • The Consortium for Computing in Small Colleges: Central Plains Small College Computing Conference, Introduction to Computer & Information Science: Appropriate for General Education?”


  • Research Paper:Defining Professional Behavior: A Situational Look at Ethics in the Classrooms and Laboratories of American Colleges and Universities” published in the Proceedings of the 2006 Informing Science and Information Technology Education Joint Conference, Manchester, United Kingdom – June 2006.


  • “Yes We Can” – feature article: Technology and Special Needs Students– Teaching and Computer Magazine – appeared on the cover.


  • “Using Computers with Hearing Impaired Students”Your Computerized Classroom Book – second edition.  Publication on hold at Gallaudet University


  • The Consortium for Computing in Small Colleges: Central Plains Small College Computing Conference, Kansas City, Missouri – April 1997


  • “Introduction to Computer & Information Science: Appropriate for General Education?” 14th Annual Midwest Education and Technology Conference, St. Louis, Missouri – February 1997


  • “Beginner’s Guide to the World Wide Web,” 13th Annual Midwest Education and Technology Conference, St. Louis, Missouri – February 1996


  • “Exploring the Internet,” Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Educational Technology Conference, Lake Ozark, Missouri – October 1995


  • “Navigating the World Wide Web,” Missouri Research and Education Network Annual Spring Conference, Columbia, Missouri – March 1995


  • “Accessing the Web,” Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet) Spring Conference – Columbia, MO –March 1995


  • Moderator, The Consortium for Computing in Small Colleges: Central Plains Small College Computing Conference, Bolivar, Missouri – April 1995


  1. Educational Innovations
  • Wrote grant and obtained Usability Testing and Human Factors lab on campus


  • Wrote grant and helped students start SWAT (Student Website Advancement Team), a student-managed website business on campus, and continues as adviser


  • Obtained Eye tracking device and hardware for inclusion into the Usability Lab


  • Helped students start Nocturnal Exodus – a student-managed computer repair and virus detection lab on campus


  • Active participant in William Woods University’s Mentor-Mentee program, which gives undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct research with a faculty member.
  • Mentored Rebecca Cooper – Project Title: “Tract Book of the Future: Updating a Title Insurance Legacy”
  • Mentored Alison Godar – Project Topic: “Viable advertising, market impact and revenue value of Internet advertisement”
  1. Impact on the profession


  • Developed one of the first undergraduate usability testing labs and heat mapping labs in Missouri for student involvement on campus. Obtained two different grants to help develop the lab. Students run heat mapping and usability tests with clients from around Missouri. They further aggregate the data and present their findings.  Presented paper“Usability Testing:  A Technique for Evaluating Products and Websites”



  • Obtained small grant to develop Student Group Project Lab – “Think Tank” to engage student groups on project development


  • Has assisted in obtaining more than 12 grants at William Woods University – all impacting student academics


  • Selected and served as Occupational Expert for the S. Department of Labor. Assisted in development of industry skills, knowledge areas, work activities, word context factors and tasks common to the occupation


  1. Service to Professional Organizations
  • Member – Jefferson City Information Technology group which brings together colleges and businesses to discuss ways to best serve the students and the fields in which they will work


  • Member – Information Technology Information Exchange (ITIE)


  • Member – Association for the Advancement of  Computing in Education (AACE)


  • Member – American Association of University  Professors  (AAUP)


  • Judge – Missouri DECA State Conference (2009)


  • Accreditation Team Member, Mexico Public Schools, Technology Committee (1996-97)


  • Former Member – Association for Computer Training & Support


  1. Service to the College of Education Alumni Organization       a.


  1. G. Other service to the professions served by the College of Education


  • Member, Founding 50, Fulton Public Schools Foundation Endowment Campaign


  • Former member, Missouri Department of Higher Education Financial Literacy Focus Group


  • Former member, Fulton Public Schools Board of Education


  • Former member, Central Plains Small College Computing Steering Committee


  • Former member, Fulton High School Technology Team, 2003-07


  • Former president, St. Peter’s School PTO


  • Former president, Fulton Preschool PTA


  • Former volunteer physical education teacher, St. Peter’s School (1 year)



  • Mexico Public Schools, Mexico, Missouri – August 1995, conducted faculty and staff in-service training for internet use in the classroom


  • Hannibal-Lagrange College – technology/internet faculty In-service


  • “World Wide Web Essentials”  14th Annual Midwest Education & Technology Conference – St. Louis, Missouri, 1997


  1. Service to education or the community
  • Active member of the Show Me Innovation Center Academic Board
  • Fulton Area Development Corporation – focus group member (discussed and devised plan for entrepreneurship incubator in Callaway County)


  • Mentors SWAT students in creating free websites for any non-profit organization locally, regionally and nationally.


  • Member, several boards for City of Fulton (appointed by the Mayor)
    • Commissioner, Fulton Housing Authority, 2014-present
    • Fulton Planning & Zoning (Past President) 1997-present
    • Former member of the Fulton Economic Development Committee
    • Former member of the Fulton Infrastructure Committee for Strategic Planning
    • Member, Community Technology Recycling Team
    • Former board member, Fulton Department of Parks & Recreation


  • Member, Fulton Colleges Fund Board of Associates


  • Leadership Callaway graduate, 2010


  • Volunteered at Wiley House (homeless shelter) in Fulton


  • Worked with William Woods University students to develop the current website at Our House


  • Currently working with William Woods University students on a new database that will make check-in and tracking more efficient at the homeless shelter


  • Volunteered at the Soup Kitchen in Fulton, 2003-04


  • Helped build one of the Habitat for Humanity houses in Fulton


  • Volunteered with the Joplin Extreme Makeover project after the tornado


  • Former board member of Kingdom Projects, Inc. (a sheltered workshop in Fulton)
  • YMCA Board Member, 2007-09


  • P.E.O. – Philanthropic Organization


  • Former contract interpreter for the State of Missouri

Supporting Students

Dr. Davis walks Marcelo Carreiro out on Senior Day for Soccer

Distinguished Scholar award

Stacie Bonte accepts award on behalf of the MIS department

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Dr Davis instructs website students regarding client site