Professor, Bilingual Education & TESOL
School of Education
Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs
Learning, Leadership, and Culture
Bilingual Education & TESOL Programs
Areas of Expertise/Research
North Academic Center
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Joseph Davis has taught linguistics in the programs in Bilingual Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in the School of Education since 1998. He is a consortial member of the doctoral faculty in the Program in Linguistics at the Graduate Center.
Ph.D. with distinction, M.Phil., M.A. in linguistics, Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
M.S.P.H. in biostatistics, University of North Carolina.
B.S. in mathematic-biology, Wake Forest University.
(All with prefix EDCE)
35600 Language, Mind, and Society
2600C Linguistics for Teachers
5400C Methods of Teaching Second Language
5600C Psycholinguistic and Sociolinguistic Aspects of Bilingual Education
5800C Theories of Second Language Acquisition
6601C Practicum in Teaching a Second Language
6700C Contrastive Phonology of English and Other Languages for Teachers
6800C Grammar and its Pedagogy: English and Other Languages
Linguistic theory and methodology, particularly Columbia School linguistics
The grammar and phonology of Italian and of English
Pedagogical implications of linguistics
An expansion of a presentation given in June 2018 at The University of Padua.
The Role of Language in Diverian Linguistics
Davis, J. (2017) The substance and value of Italian si. Amsterdam / Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
Huffman, A., & Davis, J. (2012). Language: Communication and human behavior: The linguistic essays of William Diver. Leiden/Boston: Brill
Davis, J., Gorup, R., & Stern, N. (Eds.).(2006).Advances in functional linguistics: Columbia School beyond its origins.Amsterdam/Philadelphia:John Benjamins.
Hesseltine, K., and J. Davis. (2020). The communicative function of adjective-noun order in English. WORD, 66:3, 166-193
Davis, J. (2018). “Spooky Grammatical Effects.” In N. Shin & D. Erker (Eds.), Questioning theoretical primitives in linguistic inquiry (Papers in honor of Ricardo Otheguy). Amsterdam / Philadelphia: John Benjamins (pp. 133-156).
Davis, J. (2017) "The Semantic Difference Between Italian vi and ci. Lingua 200: 107-121.
Professional service (current)
Columbia University Seminar on Columbia School Linguistics, Associate Member, 2011-present.
Other memberships (current)
Linguistic Society of America
National Association of Bilingual Education
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
American Association for Italian Studies
Service to the Institution (sample)
Physical Plant Committee of the Faculty Senate. 2017-present.
Senate Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate. 2019-present.
Member, Faculty Senate. 2012-present.
Faculty Consultant, College-wide Risk Assessment Committee, 2015-2018.
Curriculum Committee, School of Education. 2016-2018.
Faculty Council of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 2015-2016.
Curriculum Committee, Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture. 2015-2016.
Search Committee for Certification Officer, School of Education. 2015-2016.
Program Director for Bilingual Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, 2014-2015.
Chair, Executive Committee, School of Education. 2007, 2009-2012, 2012-2015, member 2006-2015, member 2006-2015, 2018-present.
Panel member, PSC-CUNY Research Awards, linguistics panel. 2008-2010.
Executive Committee, Department of Childhood Education. 2004-2008.
Faculty search committees in Bilingual Education & TESOL and in Secondary Spanish Education.
Departmental tenure and promotion advisory panels (two departments).
Director of Programs in Bilingual Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. 2003-2004, 2014-2015.
Administrator of all proposals in Education for the CUNY Collaborative Incentive Research Grant. 2013.