HPU Adds Assistant Professor of Exercise Science

Oct 27th, 2014

HPU Adds Assistant Professor of Exercise Science


HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 27, 2014 – Jillian Davis, assistant professor of exercise science, recently joined the faculty of High Point University, where she will teach undergraduate human anatomy.

As the anatomy instructor, Davis will work with students from various academic programs, including the health sciences and biology. She also will continue her research on the evolution of the chewing apparatus in mammals (e.g., jaws, teeth and muscles) and how its form and function differ among species with different dietary specializations. Currently, she is working with 3D modeling techniques to study muscles and movements.

Davis says she looks forward to helping students work toward their career goals and hopes to involve many of them in her research.

“High Point University emphasizes undergraduate education and research opportunities by supporting faculty in these pursuits,” says Davis. “My own undergraduate experience was highlighted by interactions that I had with devoted faculty, both in the classroom and through research, which had a tremendous impact on my success as a scientist and student. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to provide similar experiences for HPU students, and feel particularly lucky that this opportunity has brought me back to N.C.”

Davis says her prior work experience as a veterinary technician provided her with useful and interesting clinical experience. Her additional encounters with animals include bat handling, hand-raising kinkajous and other critters as well as volunteer work with shelter dogs and wildlife rehabilitation.

Davis graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in biology and Ohio University in 2014 with a Ph.D. in biology. During her time in Ohio, she received several teaching awards for anatomy and histology courses from the physical therapy department and the College of Osteopathic Medicine.