Joel Davis joined the Columbus Academy faculty in 1996 as a biology teacher in the upper school and is the Dedger and Rose Jones Master Chair in Science. He also plans to returned to coaching middle school basketball on campus in 2019, a role he previously held for 20 years. He has taught chemistry, biology, advanced biology, honors biology and bio 2, encompassing grades 9-12. Joel has also coordinated and chaperoned national and international field experiences to locations such as Florida, Costa Rica, Belize, Panama, the Galapagos Islands and the British Virgin Islands. He is a member of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) and has been a presenter at national conferences on four occasions covering subjects ranging from “How to Teach a Successful Advanced Placement Class” to “Setting Up an Outdoor Field Ecology Experience.” Prior to joining Academy, Joel taught science courses at Friends School of Baltimore in Maryland and at East Wake High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. He holds a B.S. in natural resources and a M.S. in entomology from The Ohio State University. Joel’s son, Rhys ’13, was a life-time student of Academy, and he also has a daughter Elly who recently served as our front desk receptionist.

Joel’s favorite thing about Columbus Academy
The students have always been enthusiastic and kind and this is my favorite thing about the school.

Favorite sports teams
I am a Cleveland sports fan (Indians, Browns, Cavs), an OSU fan, and a University of Kentucky basketball fan (I grew up in Lexington, Kentucky).

  • B.S. The Ohio State University , Natural Resources
  • M.S. The Ohio State University , Entomology