Mary Lou Davis

Mary Lou Davis

Mary Lou Davis

  • B.G.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • M.S.W., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
First year at SCAD:

"One of the joys I get from teaching is helping each individual student realize their potential. Many years ago an older student thanked me at the end of a course. He said that he had always been told he was stupid. Because of the variety of teaching techniques I employ in my course he was able to understand and apply complex concepts to see that he was smart and capable. I am inspired to help each student think more critically and more creatively and help all students believe they can think critically and creatively."


Created a new course in SCAD's Liberal Arts entitled, "Creative Thinking" which continues to be updated and coordinated with other courses on creativity across the curriculum; developed with other members of the board a non-profit organization, "Rebellious Dreamers" to support women whose dreams had been deferred

Awards, recognition and honors

Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Michigan, 1995

Publications and presentations

  • "Grades and Teaching," Talking about Teaching, SCAD, 2010
  • "Teaching to Enhance Creativity," SECAC Presentation, New Orleans, 2008

Previous Positions

Professor, University of Michigan; freelance consultant

Courses Taught

  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 260 Creative Thinking Theories and Process
  • PSYC 280 Psychology of Group Processes