URBANA, Ill. – Adam Davis has been named head of the Department of Crop Sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois. Davis will assume the position on Sept. 1, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.
Davis comes to this role after a 14-year career as a member of the USDA-ARS Global Change and Photosynthesis Research Unit at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He leads a highly visible research program designed to advance understanding of the interactions among weed communities, crops, and the environment, and weed management strategies.
He held an adjunct appointment in the Department of Crop Sciences while serving in his ARS role, where he participated in teaching, Extension, and student mentoring. He is well known in the ACES community as an excellent teacher and graduate student advisor.
“Dr. Davis brings a unique perspective to the position as an external candidate who has already experienced many aspects of the internal landscape of the department and university. This experience will serve him well as he steps into the role of department head,” says Kim Kidwell, dean of the College of ACES. “He brings an excellent vision for success, a fresh perspective, and an inclusive approach to leadership that will help propel the department toward new levels of success.”
Davis received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Yale University in 1990 and a master of arts in teaching and high school certification in biology from Brown University in 1993. He then went on to receive his master’s in ecology and environmental science in 1998 from the University of Maine and his Ph.D. in crop production and physiology – weed science in 2002 from Iowa State University.