Alumni Association Recognizes Davis as Faculty Member of the Year

Posted: April 20, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Colleen Kearney Rich and Lynn Burke

Rick Davis
Rick Davis
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This week, the George Mason University Alumni Association named Rick Davis the Faculty Member of the Year.

Davis, who is associate dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and artistic director of the Center for the Arts, was recognized at the association’s annual Celebration of Distinction on Wednesday.

In a nomination package that included letters from colleagues and current and former students, Davis was recommended on his commitment to teaching, service to the university and service to the community.

“Dr. Davis is a true Mason scholar,” wrote Martin Gaines, a student in the arts management master’s program. “He thoughtfully leads his classes through the often dense fog of philosophy. His impact is immediately noticeable in our growing thought processes as arts professionals. We graduate from his classes as more passionate and effective thinkers and advocates of the arts.”

In 1997, Davis received the university’s Teaching Excellence Award. Before coming to Mason in 1991, he was dramaturg and associate artistic director at Baltimore’s Center Stage and had taught at Washington College, Johns Hopkins University and Goucher College.

A member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Davis has directed professional theater and opera across the country and is an active translator and essayist. His translations of Ibsen (with Brian Johnston) have been performed in leading regional theaters, such as Berkeley Rep, Center Stage, Alliance Theatre and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and his translations of “Calderón de la Barca” have resulted in both publication and production.

He received his BA in theater and dramatics summa cum laude from Lawrence University in 1980 and his MFA in 1983 and DFA in 2003 in dramaturgy, dramatic literature and criticism from Yale School of Drama.

Each spring, the Alumni Association recognizes and honors outstanding alumni, students and faculty members for their achievements and contributions to the university. It has been awarding the Faculty Member of the Year honor since 1974.

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