Mark W. Davis

Mark Davis

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration at West Chester University of Pennsylvania


Mark W. Davis is the author of three winners in the annual E-PARCC competitions.  In 2011, he co-wrote with Danielle Varda the winning case “Indiana Household Hazardous Waste Task Force.” This is a historical chronology built around three primary projects completed by the Household Hazardous Waste Task Force in the State of Indiana. Based on real events the case is designed to present an example where multiple agencies, in the public sector, not-for-profit sector, and private sector work in a collaborative fashion to solve a problem that none of them would likely have been able to solve as a single agency. 

In 2011, he and Danielle Varda also won for the simulation “Mapping Network Structure in Complex Community Collaboratives.” This simulation develops students’ ability to visualize and map a network of relationships, which can aid in identifying missing actors, weak or redundant points in a network, and strengths of the network structure. 

He wrote the case “HIV Prevention, Treatment and Education Utilizing the Tools of Collaborative Governance ....OR Why is a 545 Mile Bicycle Ride A Case Study of Collaborative Governance?” that was a winner in 2016. This case study examines how AIDS/LifeCycle, a 7-day, 545-mile bicycle ride down the California coastline, is an exceptional example of effective nonprofit management and fundraising, successful collaborative governance, social networking, service co-production via both fundraising and volunteer service delivery, and social capital building.

He is currently an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Davis's research includes collaborative governance, public sector performance measurement, and environmental and sustainability policy.  His research has been published in a number of outlets including E-PARCC and Policies Studies Journal.  His teaching in public affairs includes public management and governance, collaborative governance, budgeting, and public policy.  Dr. Davis completed his Ph.D. studies at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs and his Masters of Public Affairs at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.  In his spare time Dr. Davis is an avid bicyclist.