Consultant Profile: Jef Davis


I specialize in helping prospective students from under-represented groups—students from poor and working–class backgrounds, first–generation college students, students from racial, national, and ethnic minority groups, and international students—gain access to highly selective undergraduate and graduate programs, particularly those in business, engineering, the social and natural sciences.

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I have nearly 30 years of experience in international program management in higher education, having served as the chief immigration official at Clark University, Drexel University, MCP/Hahnemann University, and at Youngstown State University, where I also oversaw the English Language Institute, international student recruitment and admissions, study abroad programs, and employment-based immigration services. I have taught academic courses at Kent State University, the University at Stony Brook, Clark University, and at Bentley University, and I have taught English as a Second Language. My work has taken me to over 30 countries around the world.

My work also includes consulting and training on matters of immigration policy, intercultural effectiveness, and data analysis with organizations, such as the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the Wharton School of Business, and the Eller College of Management.

I earned a bachelor’s degree in biology (with a minor in philosophy) from the University of Akron, a Master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University, a graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Clark University, and a Ph.D. in international higher education from Boston College. I have published two books: Intercultural Sensitivity in Foreign Student Advising (VDN-Verlag, 2011) and Living in the USA 6th Edition (Intercultural Press, 2005).

Please contact me if I can be of service to you.