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Hope Smith Davis, Ed.D.

Hope Davis

Assistant Professor Secondary/Reading
Secondary & Foundations
Office: EA 2239
Phone: (574) 520-4333
Fax: (574) 520-4550

Dr. Davis received a B.A. in Political Science and English/Journalism from Miami University (Oxford, OH) in 1994, a Master’s in Secondary Education from Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH) in 1999, and an Ed. D from the University of Cincinnati in 2009.

Her current research employs ethnographic methods to examine student conceptualizations of reading and learning through thematic and metaphor analysis of the data. She has specifically focused on the impact of scripted reading interventions as they are used in middle and secondary school settings with struggling readers. Using a similar qualitative methodology, she is currently studying conceptualizations of college-level reading and writing held by first-year students and their instructors in developmental, introductory college reading courses.

In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Literacy and Reading for Teacher Education programs at Indiana University South Bend and the University of Cincinnati, she has also taught developmental reading to incoming Freshmen at UC, and, prior to working on her doctorate, spent 5 years teaching courses in English, Journalism, Film Studies, and Feminist theory at the high school level.

Educational Background

B.A. Political Science; English/Journalism, Miami University (Oxford, OH)

M.Ed. Secondary Education, Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH)

Ed.D. P-16 Literacy, University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)

Classes Taught

EDUC-S514: Advanced Study in the Teaching of REading in the Junior High and Secondary School

EDUC-P407/507:Assessment in Schools

EDUC-M464: Methods of Teaching Senior High/Junior High Reading

Research Interest

Struggling Adolescent Readers
Scripted Reading Interventions
Analysis of Linguistic Metaphors
Content Area Reading Instruction

Campus/Community Service