Courtney W. Davis, PhD


Professor, Department of Organizational Leadership and Communication

Video Introduction

Courtney Wong Davis, PhD, is professor of communication management at Azusa Pacific University, where she serves as department chair and teaches about communication in organizational, small group, and professional contexts. Her research interests include organizational membership, specifically focused on organizational entry and exit, in addition to intergenerational communication and organizational identification. Her scholarship has been published in the Western Journal of Communication, Communication Quarterly, and The Handbook of Intergroup Communication. Her first book, Leading Small Groups that Thrive: Five Shifts to Take Your Group to the Next Level (Zondervan, 2020), is grounded in social science research and translated to make a practical contribution to equip small group leaders to facilitate individual spiritual growth. An engaged scholar, Davis also coaches and consults with executives and organizational leaders to explore creative solutions to complex challenges, clarifying individual values, understanding organizational culture, and facilitating confidence in moving in new directions.


  • PhD, Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • MA, Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • BA, Political Science, University of Southern California
  • BA, Communication, University of Southern California

Academic Area

  • Communication
  • School of Business and Management


  • Organizational membership (socialization, entry and exit)
  • Organizational networks and organizational culture
  • Small group leadership (church and professional contexts)
  • Vocation and calling
  • Theology of work and exile
  • Interviewing

Courses Taught

  • COMM 201: Introduction to Communication Studies
  • COMM 211: Professional Communication
  • COMM 230: Small Group Communication
  • COMM 430: Organizational Communication
  • COMM 490: Internship
  • COMM 496: Communication Capstone