Program Officer, Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE), Lead for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Program
National Science Foundation
Mr. Michael (Mike) Davis has served in community colleges for the past 20 years. Mike is currently serving as a rotating program officer in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) in the National Science Foundation’s Education and Human Resources directorate and a co-Lead Program Officer on the Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) program. He started his career at the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), a district of seven independently accredited community colleges. For fifteen years he moved through roles as a faculty member, department chair, and administrator, including Associate Vice Chancellor for STEM, and interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. During his time as an administrator, he worked to strengthen the district’s relationship with the Chicago Public Schools through greatly expanded early college programs, including the establishment of five early-college STEM schools. As a faculty member, Mike and his colleagues established a High-Altitude Ballooning program to create a unique undergraduate research program at CCC. In 2016 Mike left the City Colleges of Chicago to become the Academic Chair for Natural Science at St. Petersburg College (SPC) in Tarpon Springs, FL. Mike is an active science demonstrator and has been performing science shows for more than 100,000 people over the past 25 years. In 2006, he collaborated with science organizations across Chicago to kick off three years of free science programming starting with the construction of the World’s Largest Periodic Table of the Elements.