Dr. Charles Davis


Dr. Charles Davis

Failure is a great teacher, so keep trying until you get it right.

Degrees Held:

  • PhD – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991
  • MBA – University of Richmond, 1989
  • BBA – College of William & Mary, 1981

Career Highlights:

Co-authored a textbook, Managerial Accounting, with my wife, Dr. Elizabeth Davis. Currently working on revisions for the 3rd edition published by John Wiley & Sons.

Received a Lybrand Gold Medal and three Certificates of Merit for articles published in the IMA's journals Strategic Finance and Management Accounting.

Which classes do you teach online?

Financial Accounting in Business Foundations and Managerial Accounting in the MBA core.

What do students learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

In the Financial Accounting Business Foundations course, students learn how financial statements are created and how to read and interpret the numbers reported on those statements. The focus is on understanding accounting concepts, not on accounting mechanics.

In the Managerial Accounting Core MBA course, students learn how managers use managerial accounting data to support various decisions encountered in the organization.

Why did you start teaching?

When I worked at Reynolds Metals as a financial systems analyst, I was responsible for preparing training materials for a new accounting system and for delivering that training to other staff. I enjoyed teaching in that way and decided to eventually pursue an academic career.

I began teaching online with the first cohort of the Baylor Online MBA, which coincided with a move I made to South Carolina when my wife was named president of Furman University.

What's the best advice that you have ever received?

Failure is a great teacher, so keep trying until you get it right.

What's the best advice that you could give your students?

Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Time is precious, so if you get stuck, reach out for assistance instead of wasting time spinning your wheels.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

The Power of Who by Bob Beaudine.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the area in which you teach?

Inquisitiveness, determination, recognizing talent and nurturing that talent, life-long learning.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?

The rapid pace of change resulting from technological innovations — knowing how to harness those innovations to improve a product or service.

Tell us something your students may not know about you:

While in graduate school, the first financial accounting classes I taught were at both maximum and minimum security prisons. One night, I even tutored an inmate on death row.

In addition to teaching in the Baylor OMBA, I serve as Furman University's first First Gentleman, a role that I never imagined I would hold.

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