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Oklahoma State University

David Davis

David Davis

Assistant Director/Teaching Assistant Professor

367B Human Sciences
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-7499


Degree                          Institution                                                        Area of Study                                                                  
Ph.D.  Oklahoma State University Human Environmental Sciences
M.S. University of Houston, Houston TX Hospitality Management
B.S. Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management


David W. Davis is a proud member of the faculty in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (formerly HRAD) at Oklahoma State University (OSU). He is the Assistant Director for the School, responsible for curriculum transformation and student success, and a Teaching Assistant Professor focused in lodging and revenue management. A 12 year career in hotel management lead him to OSU. For the previous ten years he has had the pleasure of bringing his industry experience as a hotel general manager to the students in HRAD at OSU. During this time he has developed and been instructor of record in 13 different courses for the School. This reach has allowed him to develop positive relationships with students, faculty and staff, and university administrators. This new career journey has uncovered a hidden passion for teaching. Likewise, his research interests involve effective teaching techniques applied to hospitality curriculum and determining the right course of action for an education transformation. His other research and consulting efforts include hotel economics, revenue management, and social enterprise.

Awards & Recognitions:

  • Named 2017 40 Under 40 people in Oklahoma. Oklahoma Magazine. March 2017
  • Nominated for Ernest P. Boyer Award. International Conference for College Teaching and Learning. April 2015
  • Nominated for Rising Star Award for Outstanding PhD Student (OSU). April 2014
  • Nominated for CoHS Phoenix Award for Outstanding Graduate Student (OSU). April 2014

Research Areas:

  • Education Psychology
  • Human Motivation
  • Sales and Marketing Strategy
  • Revenue Management

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Hospitality HRAD  1102
Service Management in Hospitality HRAD  2125/3575
Service Management in Hospitality Lab HRAD  2125/3575
Lodging Operations Management HRAD  2643
Lodging Operations Management Lab HRAD  2643
Hospitality Days HRAD  3120
Pre-Internship Seminar HRAD  3411
Industry Internship HRAD  3443
Lodging Property Management HRAD  3543
Hospitality Marketing HRAD  4163
Advanced Hospitality Internship HRAD  4443
International Beverage Management HRAD  4723


Grants & Contracts Recieved

  • Oklahoma State University Office of Assessment (2017-2018). Complete thorough assessment of skill development within core classes of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Stillwater, OK. Funding successful. PI. $9,810     
  • City of Duncan (2017). Audit of city lodging tax collection and practices to evaluate efficiency and accuracy. Duncan, OK. Funding successful. Co-PI. $8,500    
  • Oriole Holdings (2016-2017). Ongoing consultant services for a new boutique hotel start-up in Oklahoma City, OK. Funding successful. Co-PI. $5,000    
  • El Faro Beach Hotel and Hostel (2015). Provided consultant services to a beach resort in Quepos, Costa Rica. $4,000.     
  • Technology Grant, Hyatt Hotel Corporation (2013). Collaborative teaching and research project with Department of Computer Science to develop market ready mobile apps for the hospitality industry. Funding successful. Co-PI. $15,000    
  • Opera Property Management Software Donation, Micros Corporation (2011). Software licenses for Atherton Hotel and Human Sciences Computer Lab. Funding successful. PI. $25,000
  • College of Human Sciences Technology Funds (2008). Mobile ordering, table management software, and point of sale systems upgrade. Taylor’s Dining Room. Funding successful. PI. $12,000


  • College Assessment Committee 2017-2018
  • Served on new faculty search committee Spring 2017
  • College committee for new wing opening activities 2016 – 2017
  • Re-appointment committee for two fellow faculty members 2016
  • Pilot test course for University audience response system 2016
  • Ag Faculty Council (FCS Representative) 2016 – Present
  • University Student Organization Review Committee 2016 – Present
  • Faculty Advisor for HTM Student Council 2015 – Present
  • School Strategic Plan Committee (HRAD) 2012 – Present
  • Faculty Advisor for AH&LA Student Chapter 2009 – 2016
  • SustainABILITY Think Tank (CoHS) 2013 – 2015
  • Grandparent University Program Development Committee (CoHS) 2012 – 2015
  • School Scholarship Review Committee (HRAD) 2008 – 2010
  • Task Force Leader. Campus composting and biodegradable materials projects (OSU) 2010 – 2011

Professional Memberships:

  • International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education, 2013 – Present
  • American Educational Research Association, 2016
  • School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration Graduate Student Association, 2010 – 2016
  • Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association, 2009 – Present
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association, 2009 – Present
  • Rotary Club of Stillwater, OSU Lunch Club, 2010 – 2011
  • University of Houston, Conrad N. Hilton School Alumni Association, 2006 – 2008


  • Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA)
  • Certified Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA)

Professional Development

  • OSU Academic Leadership Academy II, 2017-2018