Sarah Savage Davis

Sarah S Davis

  • Teaching Professor
I am a Teaching Professor for the Department of English at Iowa State University specializing in cross-cultural and cross-linguistic academic communications and composition since 2007. I have served as the Course Curriculum Coordinator for English 101C for International students and Vice-Chair of the College of LAS Representative Assembly. I have taught English 99, 101,150, 250, 302, 314, and Linguistics 219 and 220 and have led several study abroad trips. My research interests in composition studies, academic ESL/EFL writing, and teacher training focus on student autonomy, authenticity, intercultural competence, and genre awareness.

I have a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley, a post-baccalaureate K-12 teaching credential from Cal State University East Bay, and a Master's in Applied Linguistics/TESL from ISU.

I moved to Ames in 2002 after growing up in Berkeley, California. I have traveled widely and worked in many parts of the world, including China, Ghana, Thailand, Cuba, Japan, the UK, and Israel/Palestine. I enjoy doing anything outdoors, especially cycling as my main transportation. I am in my fourth decade of the sport of Ultimate Frisbee, and other favorite activities include mountain biking, disc golf, rock climbing, and anything in water.


Contact Info

247 Ross
527 Farm House Ln.


  • Bachelor of Arts, English – University of California, Berkeley
  • Post-baccalaureate Multiple Subject K-8 Teaching Credential – Cal State University, Hayward
  • Master’s of Arts in TESL/ Applied Linguistics – Iowa State University