Directory » TRINA DAVIS
425 EDCT
Technology and Teacher Education
Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Technology, Texas A&M University (2005)
M.S., Mathematics, Prairie View A&M University (1999)
B.S., Mathematics [Applied], Virginia Commonwealth University (1990)

Associate Professor
Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests
Creativity and Technology Enhanced Mathematics/STEAM Learning
Digital Equity
Teaching and Learning in Online/3-D Simulations/Virtual Environments/Virtual Reality
Dr. Trina Davis is an Associate Professor and Director of the Glasscock Island Simulation Project in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture at Texas A&M University. Recently Davis was co-principal investigator of the Knowledge for Algebra Teaching for Equity (KATE) Project funded by the National Science Foundation. Davis is Past-President of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and served on the ISTE Board of Directors. Formerly, Davis was the Director of the eEducation Group at TAMU, where she led a number of research and development efforts on innovative STEM programs. Dr. Davis has presented and published numerous chapters, an edited book, empirical studies and synthesis papers on various aspects of technology, and culturally relevant pedagogy in teaching and learning, mathematics, and broader STEM education. Her work ranges from teaching and learning in 3-D simulations and virtual environments/VR, creativity and technology, to large-scale school technology studies in Texas. In addition, Dr. Davis co-developed an online master's program with an emphasis in STEM teaching and learning for elementary educators. Davis has received several national awards including the 2015 Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, and Trailblazers recognition by the Center for Digital Education, and the prestigious Making It Happen achievement award given at the ISTE Conference. Her scholarship has included a focus on practices to improve engagement of women and students of color in STEM disciplines. Dr. Davis also continues to champion issues related to digital equity, nationally and internationally.
EDCI602. Cultural Foundations Of Educ
EDCI619. T And L Nmbr And Quanty Concpt
EDCI644. Curriculum Development
EDCI675. Tch Strat-pat Of Learn
EDCI676. Eval/implem E-learn Matl
EDCI684. Professional Intern: In-absentia
EDCI689. Special Topics In Professional Development Sci Tch
EDCI689. Special Topics In On-line Development Strt
MEFB351. Intro Midg Adl Development Phil
Toni L. Harrison-Kelly (Summer 2020)
Adam Christopher Whitaker (Summer 2020)
John Eric Salinas (Summer 2020)
Gloria Tachia, Ph.D. (Spring 2020)
Seung Han Yoo (Fall 2019)
Nickolaus Alexander Ortiz (Spring 2018)
Chih-Feng Chien (Spring 2012)
Terry Kidd (Spring 2011)
Books and Monographs
*Davis, T. J., & Ortiz, N. A. (2017). Technology and African American girls: We can be techies too. In P. J. Larke, G. Webb-Hasan, & J. Young (Eds.), Cultivating achievement, respect, and empowerment (CARE) for African American girls in preK12 settings: Implications for access, equity and achievement (pp. 133-152). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
Davis, T., J., & South, J., & Stevens, K. D. (in press). ICT and educational policy in North America. In J. Voogt, & G. Knezek, R. Christensen, & K. Lai (Eds.), International handbook of information technology in primary and secondary education. Springer, US.
Ganesh, T. G., Boriack, A. W., Stillisano, J. R., Davis, T.J., & Waxman, H. C. (Eds.). (2015). Research on technology use in multicultural settings. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
Kandel-Cisco, B., Stillisano, J R., Davis, T. J., & Waxman, H. C. (2015). Case studies of online testing in multicultural school districts. In T. G. Ganesh, A. W. Boriack, J. R. Stillisano, T. J. Davis, & H. C. Waxman, H. (Eds.). Research on technology use in multicultural settings. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
Journal Articles
Wang, K., Kuo, L., Li, Y., & Davis, T. J. (2017). Review of IES funded projects on mathematics education in the U.S. Journal of Mathematics Education, 26(5), 82-88
**Kidd, T. T., Davis, T. J., & Larke, P. J. (2016). Experience, adoption, and information technology: Exploring the phenomenological experience of faculty involvement in online teaching. International Journal of E-Learning. 15(1), 71-99
*Kulm, G., Merchant, Z., Ma, T., Oner, A. T., Davis, T., & Lewis, C. W. (2016). Algebra problem solving equity challenges: Building middle school preservice teachers[8217] diversity awareness. Teacher Education and Practice: STEM Special Edition, 29(4), 642-659.
Ma, T., Brown, I., Kulm, G., Davis, T. J., & Allen, D. (2014). Constructing and role-playing student avatars in a simulation of teaching algebra for diverse learners. Urban Education. Published online 18 July 2014, DOI: 10.1177/0042085914542658
Merchant, Z., Goetz, E., Cifuentes, L., Keeney-Kennicutt, W., & Davis, T, J. (2014). Effectiveness of virtual reality-based instruction on students[48]19 learning outcomes in K-12 and higher education: A meta-analysis, Computers & Learning, 70, 29-40
Merchant, Z., Goetz, E., Keeney-Kennicutt, W., Kwok, O., Cifuentes, L., & Davis, T, J. (2013). Exploring 3-D virtual reality technology for spatial ability and chemistry achievement, Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 29, 579-590
*Davis, T., Chien, C., Brown, I., & Kulm, G. (2012). Knowledge for Algebra Teaching for Equity (KATE) project: An examination of virtual classroom simulation approaches, National Forum of Multicultural Issues Journal. 9(2), 67-87
Davis, T. J., Stillisano, J. R., & Waxman, H. C. (2012). A statewide evaluation of districts' readiness for large-scale online testing: Unique perceptions and challenges from diverse school districts' lenses. Journal of Texas Alliance of Black School Educators, 4, 33-54
*Merchant, Z., Goetz, E., Keeney-Kennicutt, W., Kwok, O., Cifuentes, L., & Davis, T. J. (2012). The learner characteristics, features of desktop 3D virtual reality environments, and college chemistry instruction: A structural equation modeling analysis. Computers & Education, 59, 551- 568
Parker, R., Vannest, K., *Davis, J., Clemens, N.H. (2012). Defensible progress monitoring data for medium/high-stakes decisions. Journal of Special Education, 46, 141-151.
Brown, I. A., Davis, T. J., Lewis, C. W., & Kulm, G. (2011). Preservice teachers' knowledge for teaching algebra for equity in the middle grades: A preliminary report. Journal of Negro Education (Special Issue)
Denton, J., Davis, T., Capraro, R., Smith, B., Beason, L., Graham, D., & Strader, A. (2009). Examining applicants for admission and completion of an online teacher certification program. Journal of Educational Technology & Society, 12(1), 214-219.
Denton, J. J., Davis, T. J., Capraro, R. M., Smith, B. L., Beason, L., Graham, D., & Strader, R. A. (2009). Examination of applicant profiles for admission into and completion of an online secondary teacher certification program. Educational Technology & Society, 12(1), 214-229.
Denton, J., Davis, T., Smith, B., Beason, L., Graham, D., & Strader, A. (2008). Assessment benchmarks for an alternative certification program. Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification
Davis, T. (2007). A national consideration of digital equity. Learning & Leading with Technology 35(2), 48.
Davis, T. (2007). Making a difference: Three critical challenges. Learning & Leading with Technology NECC Daily Leader 2, 2.
Denton, J.J., & Davis, T.J. (2007). Challenges of recruiting candidates with strong academic credentials. School Science and Mathematics Journal, 107(4), 121-122.
Denton, J., Davis, T., Smith, B., Strader, A., Clark, F., & Wang, L. (2006). Technology mentor fellowship program: A technology integration professional development model for classroom teachers. National Forum of Teacher Education Journal 16:3.
Denton, J., Davis, T., Smith, B., & Strader, A.(2005) The technology mentor fellowship program (TMFP) model for professional development and sustainability of technology infusion initiatives. Texas Journal of Distance Learning [Online serial] 2:2, 69-85. Available online at
Denton, J.J., Davis, T.J., Smith, B.L., Strader, R.A., Clark, F.E., & Wang, L. (2004-05).Net generation undergraduates as technology mentors for teacher educators. National Forum of Teacher Education Journal 17E;3. Available at:
Denton, J., Davis, T., Strader, A., & Durbin, B. (2003). 2002 Texas Public School Technology Survey. Insight, 17(3), 13-28.
Denton, J., Davis, T. & Strader, A. (2001). 2000 Public School Technology Survey. INSIGHT , Summer, 2001. 15:2, 13-23
Denton, J., Davis, T., Strader, A., Jessup, G., & Jolly, D. (1999). The changing technology infrastructure in Texas public schools. INSIGHT , Summer, 1999, 13:2, 34-38
Jolly, D.V., Davis, T., Strader, R.A., Denton, J. (1999). Issues related to technology in teacher education programs and K-12 public schools in Texas. Educational Technology & Society, July, 1999, 2:3, ISSN 1436-4522.
Book Chapters
Davis, T. J., Phillips, G. A., & Kulm, G. (2018). Creativity and the design of music-mathematics activities in a virtual simulation learning environment. In V. Freiman & J. Tassell (Eds.), Creativity and Technology in Mathematics Education (pp. 181-202). New York: Springer.
Hao, H., Kulm, G., & Davis, T. (2018). Self-reflection on engagement in virtual classrooms as the dual role: An Asian woman graduate student and middle-grade girl avatar in STEM. In B. Polnick, B. Irby, & J. Ballenger (Eds.), Girls and women of color: Their journeys in higher education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
*Davis, T. J. & Hill, K. (in press). 21st century skills. In S. B. Mertens, M.M. Caskey & N. Flowers (Eds.), Encyclopedia of middle grades education.
*Davis, T. J., Kulm, G., Oner, A. T., Indiogine, S. E. P., Goldsby, D., Ma, T. (2015). Preservice teachers' problem solving lesson engagement and knowledge and beliefs about teaching for equity. In J. Hammer & Y. Li (Eds.), Teaching at Work (pp. 51-80). Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense
Davis, T. J. (2014). Mathematics learning in virtual worlds: Affordances and accessibility. In C. R. Reynolds, K. J. Vannest, & E. Fletcher-Janzen (Eds.), Encyclopedia of special education: A reference for the education of children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities and other exceptional individuals (4th ed.), pp. 1630. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Davis, T. J. (2013). Affordances of virtual worlds to support STEM project-based learning. In R. M. Capraro, M. M. Capraro, & J. Morgan (Eds.), Project-based learning: An integrated science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) approach, pp. 71-77. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense
Davis, T. J. (2013). Using three-dimensional virtual environments to prepare STEM teachers. In M. M. Capraro, R. M. Capraro (Eds.), Improving urban schools: equity and access in k-16 STEM education for ALL students, pp. 125-141. Charlotte, NC: Information Age
Other Publications and Presentations
Denton, J., Davis, T. & Strader, A. (2001). Report of the 2000 Texas Public School Technology Survey Prepared for the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board and Texas Public Schools. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University, 1998 (ERIC Reproduction Number ED-454-811).
Denton, J., Davis, T., Strader, A., & Jessup, G. (1999). Final Report of the 1998 Texas Public School Technology Survey. College Station, TX: Texas A&M University, 1998 (ERIC Reproduction Number ED-429-751).
Partnering with Institutions on a Vision for Engineering Transfer Student Success (PIVET2)
Co-PI. National Science Foundation (Federal)
2019-10-01 — 2024-09-30
Aggie Invent Junior to Advance and Sustain Interest in Engineering Targeting Diverse Populations
Co-PI. National Science Foundation (Federal)
2018-07-01 — 2023-06-30
RET Site: Advanced Manufacturing for Healthcare (AMHealth)
Co-I. National Science Foundation (Federal)
2018-03-01 — 2021-02-02
Teaching STEM in Urban, Secondary Schools: Challenges and Support During the Induction Years
Co-PI (). National Science Foundation (Federal)
2017-06-01 — 2020-05-31
RET Site: SECURE: Secure Teacher Education on Cybersecurity by Utilizing Research Experiences
Co-PI. National Science Foundation (Federal)
2017-04-01 — 2020-03-31
Catapult Round 3 - The CREST Project: Community Research through Engagement in STEM Teaching (Funded amount $30,000)
Co-PI (). TAMU College of Education & Human Development (State)
2016-12-01 — 2018-05-31
Teacher Education Transformation & Research Vision: 4 Cs ($26,200)
Co-PI (). TAMU College of Education & Human Development - TLAC (State)
2015-06-01 — 2016-12-31
Preservice Teachers Knowledge for Teaching Algebra for Equity in the Middle Grades
Co-PI (). National Science Foundation (Federal)
2010-09-01 — 2016-08-31
Authentic Assessments of Preservice Teachers Knowledge
Other. National Science Foundation (Federal)
2008-10-01 — 2011-09-30
Evaluation of the R-Tech Pilot Program
Co-PI (). Texas Education Agency (State)
2008-09-01 — 2011-03-31
Humanities in the Metaverse: Establishing a TAMU-Digital Humanities & Visual Culture Education and Research Island in Second Life
PI (). TAMU - Liberal Arts - Glasscock Center (State)
2008-09-01 — 2009-08-31
Evaluation of Readiness for Online Testing in Texas
PI. Pearson Education (Private)
2008-05-05 — 2008-12-31
Middle School Aerospace Scholar Program
Co-PI (). NASA-Johnson Space Center (Federal)
2005-12-01 — 2007-11-30
Opening Pathways for Teacher Instructional Opportunities in Natural Science
Co-PI (). Baylor College of Medicine (Private)
2002-08-01 — 2007-07-31
Extraordinary Service award. Extraordinary Service Award, College of Education and Human Development, Dean's Development Council, (2017)
Making it Happen Achievement Award. National Education Computing Conference. (2006)
Editorial Board Member. Empowered Learner Journal (2017-2019)
Associate Editor. School Science and Mathematics (2007 - 2011)
Appointed Co-Chair. Educational Technology Advisory Committee. Texas Education Agency. (2001-2003)
Appointed Member. Texas Education Agency, Educational Technology Advisory Committee. (2005-2008)
Online Learning Advisory Committee. U.S. Department of Education. (2006)