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September 9, 2013

St. Edward's University Announces Strategic New Hires

St. Edward’s University has brought on two staff members: Mary K. Boyd, PhD is the vice president for Academic Affairs and Rebecca Davis, PhD is the director for Instructional and Emerging Technology.

Both of these newly created positions are integral in helping the university achieve the vision of its current strategic plan - to educate students for the opportunities and challenges of a 21st century world.

In her new role, Boyd provides leadership for faculty members who work to advance academic excellence and help students reach the fullest potential of their intellectual, personal and career goals. She oversees all academic affairs and curriculum, the Office of Academic Planning and Support Services as well as the Office of Career Services. Boyd reports directly to the president of St. Edward’s University, George E. Martin.

Prior to this leadership role at St. Edward’s, Boyd was the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego for five years. She is a strong advocate for undergraduate research and co-edited the book Broadening Participation in Undergraduate Research: Fostering Excellence and Enhancing the Impact. From 2005 to 2008, she was a faculty member and chair of the Department of Chemistry at Georgia Southern University. From 1990 to 2005, Boyd was a faculty member at Loyola University Chicago where she was a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Ethics and Social Justice and received the Sujack Award for Teaching Excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences. Boyd holds a bachelor’s and doctorate degree in Chemistry from the University of Toronto.

In her new role as director of Instructional and Emerging Technology, Davis helps shape the university’s goals for the use of educational technology. She leads faculty members, librarians, technologists, academic support personnel and others to identify technological innovation that introduces new models of teaching on the Austin campus and enhances the university’s global initiatives. Already, Davis is helping launch the use of two global digital classrooms in the new Munday Library. These classrooms will connect students to the university’s international campuses and academic resources around the world. Davis reports directly to the vice president for Information Technology, Dave Waldron.

Davis was previously program officer for the humanities at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), where she also served as associate director of NITLE Programs. Prior to her tenure at NITLE, Davis served as assistant director for Instructional Technology at the Associated Colleges of the South Technology Center and assistant professor of Classical Studies at Rhodes College, Denison University, and Sewanee: The University of the South. She holds a PhD and MA in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Classical Studies and Russian from Vanderbilt University.

Currently, she is co-editor, with Matt Gold, Kathy Harris and Jentery Sayers, of Digital Pedagogy: A Reader and Toolkit, a collaborative, born-digital project under development. The project explores how changes wrought by new digital methods on scholarship, networking and communication are impacting the classroom.