Professor Adam Davis recognized for teaching excellence
Adam Davis, associate professor of history, has been recognized by the college with the Charles A. Brickman Teaching Award.
In presenting the award to Davis, Provost Kim Coplin said, “Adam is a dedicated scholar and teacher of the liberal arts. His transparent love of his discipline and field informs his deep commitment to inspiring excitement among his students. Adam’s classrooms are places where ideas stand at the center, and where students are charged with a rigorous exploration of the complexity and original intonations of textual and visual materials. He describes his courses as places where students are “empowered to be active learners” by deep engagement with sources and with one another’s ideas. Adam is dedicated to making his courses experiential, through classroom debates, immersion in archival materials, and museum visits. He is also a much sought-after research advisor who provides thoughtful and engaged mentoring to those students seeking to immerse themselves in a time, space, and mentality far from their own. Adam’s advising and teaching make vivi d the elusive traces of the past.
Davis joined the Denison faculty in 2003 and is the William T. Utter/Clyde E. Williams, Jr. Professor of History. A historian of medieval Europe, Davis has wide-ranging interests in medieval church reform and religious life, medieval charity, and the history of learning. He teaches courses on late antiquity; medieval Europe; the Crusades; Jews and Christians in the Middle Ages; the twelfth-century Renaissance; religion and society in medieval Europe; and the history of the liberal arts. His research explores the interplay between medieval ideas and institutions, social values and practices. His first book, “The Holy Bureaucrat: Eudes Rigaud and Religious Reform in Thirteenth-Century Normandy,” explored the impact of a learned elite on the daily life of the medieval church. Davis is currently completing a new book, “The Economics of Salvation: Charity, Commerce, and the Rise of the Medieval Hospital,” for which he received a year-long fellowship from th e National Endowment for the Humanities for 2014-15. Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and a master’s and doctorate from Princeton University.