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Tracy Davis Recognized by American College Personnel Association for Higher Ed Contributions

March 1, 2011

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MACOMB, IL -- Tracy Davis, director of the college student personnel graduate program in the Western Illinois University Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies (EIS) Department, has been recognized as a Diamond Honoree by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Foundation. Through its Diamond Honoree program, the ACPA recognizes a small group of educators annually who have made significant contributions of leadership and scholarship to their institutions.

According to an ACPA press release, his nominator said of Davis: "Dr. Davis has served as a mentor, advocate and friend to many in our field. His commitment to social justice and his willingness to 'trouble the waters' in his work make him a strong advocate for marginalized populations."

Davis -- one of only 17 individuals recognized this year as a Diamond Honoree -- is being honored for his more than 20 years of exceptional contributions to higher education. During his career, Davis has served students as an assistant director of campus programs and student activities at the University of Iowa; program coordinator at the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development (University of Iowa); and since 1997, as a professor in, and the coordinator of, the college student personnel program at WIU. The release also noted he has provided extensive service to ACPA. At Western, Davis is also the director of the newly established Center for the Study of Masculinities and Men's Development.

"Dr. Davis has served on ACPA's Executive Council, as the directorate of the Commission on Professional Preparation, and is a past chair of the Standing Committee for Men (SCM)," noted ACPA's release. "He is the 1998 recipient of both the NASPA [Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education] Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year and the ACPA Burns B. Crookston Doctoral Research Award; is a member of the inaugural class of ACPA Emerging Scholars (1999); and, in 2006, received ACPA's Annuit Coeptis award for senior scholars and the SCM Harry Canon Outstanding Professional Award."

According to Reinhard Lindner, chair of the EIS department, Davis is a highly valued and respected faculty member in the department.

"We are excited to hear about ACPA's selection of Tracy as a Diamond Honoree. Knowing Tracy personally and professionally, such recognition does not come entirely as a surprise. In fact, it seems entirely appropriate. Nevertheless, it is truly gratifying to see one as deserving as Tracy actually receive such recognition from the profession he serves and represents so well," Lindner noted.

Davis is the author of numerous publications, including journal articles, book chapters and the monograph "Developing Social Justice Allies." He is also a co-editor of the forthcoming book "Masculinities in Higher Education: Theoretical and Practical Implications."

Davis will be recognized at the Diamond Honoree Ceremony March 28 at the ACPA convention in Baltimore (MD).

According to the ACPA, the Foundation is affiliated with ACPA College Student Educators International, an international association of 8,500 members. Through its programs and annual appeals for funds, the ACPA Foundation supports ACPA's priorities for promoting student learning and helping to prepare students for a lifetime of learning and leadership. Learn more about the ACPA via its website at

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