About Me/Resume


I am pursuing my doctorate in education (EdD) at Drexel University, at the Sacramento Center for Graduate Studies, and am an administrator at UC Davis.  This blog will host my thoughts and research for chapters 1-3 of my dissertation.


Email: dmgarrison [at] gmail [dot] com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/david.m.garrison
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  • EdD in Educational Leadership and Management, Higher Education – Drexel University.  Expected Spring 2012
  • MA in Organizational Leadership – Chapman University.  Summer 2009
  • BA in Government – Sacramento State. Fall 2001.


The impact of parental involvement at the university level; emergency management in higher education; mental health issues among university students.


I am a strong leader.  I embrace the tenets of servant-leadership, believing that it is vital to listen to, empathize with, and be aware of the needs of the people with whom I am working.  Furthermore, I have a deep sense of stewardship for the processes for which I am responsible, and am able to conceptualize actions and develop a good sense of foresight to guide my teams to success.  Such leadership philosophy is in agreement and complementary to my deep sense of integrity and to the UC Davis Principles of Community.

I am an excellent personal communicator.  I work closely with the academic offices on campus to provide information about the grade change and retroactive processes, and have excelled as an adviser to students about these processes.  I am skilled at diffusing difficult, high tension situations.  My excellent writing skills are evident in my clear and concise professional communications at work and my exemplary academic record.

I am adept at using new technology.  While at the Physics Department I resolved a critical database error that prevented the teacher evaluations from being read and could not be fixed by other staff in the department; I taught myself to use Microsoft Access so that the evaluations could be read properly.  I have extensive experience using Microsoft Office software, Adobe Creative Suite software, coding in HTML, and using various other software products – including a variety of operating systems.

My worldview as a researcher is very pragmatic.  I already knew that I believed in “one reality” that cannot be perceived by anyone in its entirety, but that is defined by individual interpretation of each observer (each of whom only sees “shadows” of this ultimate reality – this is a variation on Plato’s allegory of the cave in The Republic).  As a result, I am not committed to any one system of reality because I believe that all systems are different, imperfect perspectives on the same thing.  My research will draw from this: in an axiological sense, what role do values play in our perspectives?  How are the individual perspectives of the of the research subjects being drawn?  Ontologically, how do research actors see the world?  How does each actor’s version of the ultimate reality differ?


Currently, I am an Athletic Certification Officer and Lead Grade Change Deputy at the UC Davis Office of the University Registrar.  In the past I have been a substitute teacher, a circulation manager at the Daily Democrat in Woodland, CA, and a manager in several retail settings.

  • Deep knowledge of the NCAA academic eligibility guidelines, as well as of UC Davis degree requirements and related policy.   I attended the NCAA Regional Rules Seminars in June 2007, June 2008, and May 2011.  I Created a means of reconciling the complex requirements of the College of Engineering with the NCAA eligibility guidelines.
  • Acted as interim Editor for the Office of the University Registrar in the summer of 2010.  This included preparing for publication the September General Catalog Policy Addendum and the Winter Quarter 2011 Class Schedule and Registration Guide.
  • Project Manager for the Office of the University Registrar Internal Transcript Guide.
  • Project Manager for the Office of the University Registrar SmartSite Procedure Project.
  • Member of the Office of the University Registrar website redevelopment team.
  • Actively involved in emergency response on campus.  I have been a member of the UC Davis Emergency Operations Center since June 2007.  I was the Operations Section Chief for a Point of Dispersal Exercise/Flu Shot Clinic at UC Davis on December 3, 2008, and an evaluator for the Yolo County Seasonal Mass Vaccination Exercise in Woodland, CA on October 3, 2009.  I attended the FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Harrisburg, PA in February 2009.  Participated in the FBI created “Operation Gunrock Thunder” at UC Davis, which was designed to test and create competencies in emergency response.
  • Volunteered as the First Floor Emergency Coordinator in Mrak Hall from June 2006 to August 2010, and as the Automatic External Defibrillator monitor since January 2009.  Assisted in demonstration management in Mrak Hall through several major protests.

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