Jonathan Davis, Associate Professor in our Department of Family Studies, received a “Connecting Across the University Faculty Fellowship” last year, through which he was given a course reduction so that he could focus on the development of grant applications.  According to Brad Creed, our Provost and Executive Vice President, Dr. Davis collaborated with faculty and staff at Samford, colleagues at other universities in the Birmingham area, and law enforcement and volunteer agencies to address the problem of violence against women.  His efforts were not in vain.  A few days ago we received word of a grant in the amount of $499,551, to be shared among the collaborating institutions and agencies.  In announcing the grant, Dr.Davis said, “When citizens take action, we can prevent untold trauma and improve the health of our community.”

The world is better because Dr. Davis embraces the Samford values of “personal empowerment, accountability, and responsibility.”


About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.