He joined the University of Colorado faculty in 1999 and has taught courses in jazz history, jazz administration and pedagogy, big band, combo, vocal jazz, and jazz techniques. The program has received more than 15 Down Beat magazine Student Music Awards.
Prior to his appointment at CU, he served as Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Colorado.
For 15 years he served on the summer faculty of the Birch Creek Music Academy in Door County, Wisconsin, and was a faculty member of the Texas All-Star Jazz Camp in Plano, TX.
In 2012, Davis authored the Jazz Volume for the Historical Dictionary for Literature and the Arts, published by Scarecrow Press, Inc.