Dr. Tammi R. Davis


Childhood Ed and Family Studies

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Childhood Ed and Family Studies
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Dr. Tammi R. Davis is an assistant professor of elementary education. She taught over 20 years in elementary school and middle schools in Indiana and Florida.  She continues to develop school partnerships with aspiring teachers she works with and local schools. She completed her doctorate in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education with a minor in Teacher Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 2014. Her research and teaching are intertwined with a focus on improving undergraduate teacher preparation, understanding and celebrating the lives of teachers and promoting culturally responsive pedagogies in both of these areas.



  • PhD, 2014, Literacy, Culture and Language Education, Teacher Education minor, Indiana University


  • ELE 302 Introduction to Elementary Education
  • ELE 425 Methods of Teaching Com Arts in Elementary Schools
  • ELE 510 The Reflective Practitioner
  • ELE 713 Advanced Theory in Communication Arts
  • ELE 720 Advanced Theory in Student Assessment
  • ELE 721 Standards Based Integrated Curriculum
  • ELE 722 Advanced Theory in Differentiated Instruction
  • ELE 771 Research Seminar
  • ELE 772 Research Seminar

Research and professional interests

  • Teacher education, reflective practice through various technologies
  • Culturally sustaining teaching
  • Lives of teachers
  • Self-efficacy of teacher candidates and early career teachers


  • Coggin,L., Daley,S., Sydnor., & Davis, T.R., (2019) “Imagining My Ideal: A critical case study of digital storytelling as reflective practice” Reflective Practice.
  • Laman, T.T., Davis, T.R. (2018) “My hair has a lot of stories!”: Culturally sustaining writing pedagogies in preservice education and elementary classrooms. Action in Teacher Education, 40(4) p. 374-390.
  • Chisholm, J. S., Laman, T. T., Whitmore, K. F., & Davis, T. R. (2018). “Images and Words that Reveal One Pre- Service Teacher's Ideological Becoming.” National Teacher Education Journal, 11(2).
  • Davis, T.R., Sydnor, J., Daley, S. & Coggin, L, (2017) “Purposeful tensions: Lessons learned from metaphors in teacher candidates’ digital stories” Teacher Educator, 52(4) p. 1-17.
  • Davis, T. R.,Bolyard, C. S., Zhang, S.-J., Livers, S. D., Daley, S., & Sydnor, J. (2019). A multi-teacher study of elementary teacher candidates’ self-efficacy: Analysis of participant characteristics and implications for teacher educators., The Teacher Educator, 54:3.
  • Daley, S., Sydnor, J., & Davis, T. R. (2019). Sites of possibility: Promoting and supporting the development of reflective practitioners. Professing Education, 17 (1-2), 42-77.
  • Whitmore, K. F., Chisholm, J. S., Laman, T. T., & Davis, T. R.(2019). Are We Really Teaching for Social Justice and Equity? A Poem for Five Voices, Talking Points, 30 (2).