Faculty Spotlight: Kenneth Davis

As one of Grantham University’s newest faculty members, Kenneth Davis has been a great addition to the Criminal Justice department.  Since joining Grantham in June of 2010, Mr. Davis has been teaching Criminology, Corrections, Criminal Investigations, Criminal Justice Research and Community Policing.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree from The Citadel in Education, and earned his master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina.  He is currently in the dissertation phase of his PhD, which is focused on juvenile fire setters.

Mr. Davis, a 23-year law enforcement veteran, is court-qualified in South Carolina state courts as an expert in footwear processing and identification, fingerprint processing and identification, fire and arson investigation and origin and cause determination, fire science, crime scene processing, and evidence packaging and processing. The bulk of his experience is in violent crime investigations, having conducted over 1,150 death investigations and more than 1,000 fire investigations.  With such a strong and experienced background, it is no wonder that Mr. Davis is the Chief of Police for a medium sized law enforcement agency near the coast of South Carolina.  When asked why he started teaching, he replied, “I decided to enter the teaching arena when it became apparent that new officers coming into the field were ill-prepared and poorly equipped academically to handle the challenges of report writing, investigations, and court room testimony. My priority is to help prepare officers for the challenges of investigative work and the courtroom environment.”

A third generation law enforcement officer, Mr. Davis has a great deal of personal experience to offer his students.  As an instructor for Grantham University, he truly enjoys the innovative style that students bring to the table.  “Their positive attitudes and willingness to adapt in order to overcome difficulties is refreshing and encouraging,” he said.  If there is one piece of advice that can be offered, Mr. Davis stated, “My advice to students would be to read voraciously about their chosen field and embrace their writing assignments in order to develop solid writing skill sets. Doing so will serve them well in the criminal justice field.”