D. Jack Davis | University of North Texas Special Collections
D. Jack Davis is (as of 2017) an Emeritus Professor of Art at the University of North Texas (UNT) and a former Director of the North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Art. Davis received his B.A. in Art and Education and his M.A. in Education from Baylor University; he continued on to complete his PhD in Art Education from the University of Minnesota. His teaching career began at the junior high school level as an art instructor in Waco, Texas; however, Professor Davis quickly achieved prestigious teaching positions at Wayland College, the University of Minnesota, Illinois State University and Texas Tech University before obtaining a tenured position at UNT. From 1971—2011 Davis served as one of UNT’s most beloved professors of art.
In addition to his instructional career, D. Jack Davis fulfilled several vital roles in UNT academics including service as a department chair (1976—1983), Vice Provost of the University (1983—1993) and Dean of the College of Visual Arts and Design (1993—2004). Professor Davis has authored over 40 publications in media such as books, journal articles, and technical reports and has delivered more than 100 presentations at the local, state, national, and international levels. Some of his most notable awards include his recognition as a Distinguished Fellow of the National Art Education Association (1999), Distinguished Fellow of the Texas Art Education Association (1993), National Higher Education Art Education of the Year (1988), and the Texas Art Educator of the Year (1990). Professor Davis is a member of the National Art Education Association, the Council on Policy Studies in Art Education, the International Society for Education Through Art, and the Texas Association of Schools of Art, to name a few.
According to his LinkedIn web page, Dr. Davis currently engages in consultations with educational institutions, museums, foundations, and galleries as well as performs appraisals in the fine and decorative arts. As of 2017, D. Jack Davis is involved with writing projects that concern early Texas silver and art and serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the UNT Press and the UNT Library Advocacy Board.