by Lanie Clauson, Student Public Relations Writer
The Strategic Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) has named Cedarville University’s Cam Davis, associate professor of visual communication design, as one of its Excellence Award recipients for the month of March.
Davis has been teaching at Cedarville for almost four years, and his passion is equipping his students with both practical skills and biblical wisdom they need in their future careers.
Before becoming a professor, Davis worked as a graphic designer for many years. “I discovered I enjoyed teaching when I got a chance to teach a course as an adjunct,” he said. “I enjoy teaching and interacting with students as well as building solid relationships with colleagues.”
Davis believes that one of the most important aspects of his job is incorporating God’s Word into his lessons. He takes prayer requests at the beginning of every class and makes a point to be intentional in his interactions with students. “I watch for organic, impromptu times of discussion to apply the Word to a situation,” he said. “I help them to find places to affirm, redeem or reject areas from the design industry. I also build elements into some assignments that refer them back to the Word in practical application.”
What impacts Davis the most is the influence he is able to have on his students. “Each year, I see students walk across the stage to receive diplomas. It is meaningful to me to see many of them who I know are equipped with good professional skills and knowledge. And with that equipping, I see individuals who have a solid, vibrant faith to underscore all of that,” he shared. “Knowing that I had a little part in molding some of them is what is most meaningful to me.”
SOCHE is an organization dedicated to connecting organizations, businesses, students, educators and more to help create more research and internship opportunities. They have brought education and employment to over 200,000 students in southwest Ohio. Throughout 2022, they will honor 71 Excellence Award Recipients.
SOCHE academic and human resources officers submitted the names of faculty members who showed scholarship, teaching, service, student success and more. The full list of honorees can be found at soche.org.
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,715 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, including its Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication Design, strong graduation, and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.