Shady Side Academy has announced the appointment of Dr. Armani Davis as Shady Side's inaugural chief talent recruitment and development officer, a new role dedicated to the recruitment and professional growth of faculty and staff at SSA, effective July 1, 2021.
"Dr. Armani Davis brings to Shady Side a wealth of experience in instructional leadership, mentoring practices and community outreach," said Academy President Bart Griffith '93. "He has researched and written extensively about the education of the whole child, in particular the relationship between academic and athletic success and the positive impact of the teacher-coach-advisor model on character development and student achievement."
"I am very excited to be joining the SSA leadership team in this newly established role," said Dr. Davis. "Shady Side Academy has a history and legacy of leading the way through a holistic approach to education, meeting learners where they are and equipping them with the tools to reach heights they had not imagined."
Currently a faculty member at Indiana University of Pennsylvania's College of Education and Communications, Dr. Davis is a Frederick Douglass Institute Scholars Fellow and instructs a range of courses in support of aspiring teachers and communications professionals. In addition to his work in the classroom, he mentors undergraduates and helps coordinate IUP's student teaching initiatives. He is also the faculty lead at Pittsburgh's Coro Center for Civic Leadership, inspiring the growth of young professionals enrolled in the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs.
Previously, Dr. Davis served in leadership roles at Robert Morris University, Urban Innovation21, and The Pittsburgh Promise. He completed a three-year term as president of the Crossroads Foundation's Young Professionals Leadership Network, a group that spearheads mentorship opportunities for Crossroads scholars across the region. In 2020, Pittsburgh Magazine named Dr. Davis to its annual "40 Under 40" list, and Get Involved Inc. honored him with the Western Pennsylvania Rising Star Award. Earlier this week, the Pittsburgh Business Times and Leadership Pittsburgh included him on their "30 Under 30" list for 2021.
A native of Pittsburgh, Dr. Davis graduated cum laude with a B.A. in integrated marketing communications from Duquesne University, where he also played varsity football. He then went on to earn an M.A. in communications from Edinboro University, using remaining NCAA eligibility to captain the Fighting Scots football team. From there, he completed a Ph.D. in instructional management and leadership from Robert Morris University.
Welcome to Shady Side, Dr. Davis!