Mike Davis started working with the City Colleges of Chicago in the Fall of 2001 as a professor of chemistry. Since then he achieved tenure, was elected department chair, and has moved into administration. He has a Master’s degree in Chemistry from Northwestern University and is currently working towards a Ph.D. in science education from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Mike has a passion for sharing science with the community at large. In 2006 he created the world’s biggest periodic table of the elements in downtown Chicago. Since 1996 he has performed hundreds of science demonstration shows for tens of thousands of students around Chicago. Current projects include the establishment of a robust early college program at the City Colleges of Chicago, and promoting excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. Preparing a student for calculus is one the best indicators of success for persistence in STEM-related pathways. Mike works on programs that encourage persistence and completion of college level STEM programs that result in degrees and or transfer.