JBU Professor Contributes Chapter to Graduate Construction S

Siloam Springs, Ark (October 30, 2000) — Dr. Kent Davis, professor of Construction Management at John Brown University, is a contributing author to a recently published construction safety text entitled Construction Safety and Health Management. The textbook is produced as graduate level curriculum in construction safety.

The 10 chapters of the text are authored by construction safety practitioners, university professors and researchers. Many contributors are internationally recognized experts within the field. Davis’ chapter is entitled “Implications of the Relationship Between Construction Quality and Safety.” Similarities between construction quality and safety are explained and several practical implications that could lead to improvement of construction are presented.

“Writing the chapter for the construction safety text disciplined me to answer the question that I have been asking on one of my final exams for several years: 'What is the relationship between safety and quality?'” said Dr. Davis.

Davis was named a Rinker Eminent Scholar by the University of Florida School of Construction in response to the writing and presentation of his chapter to a graduate class and construction industry guests. The University of Florida has the oldest construction program in the U.S., begun in 1937. The John Brown University Construction Management program, begun in 1939, is the second oldest program in the U.S. The University of Florida is the only university to offer a doctorate in construction management.

Kent Davis has taught in the Division of Engineering, Department of Construction Management at John Brown University since 1967. His major research interest is in construction quality, and to that end, he has done leading edge work in quantifying quality measurement systems. He has received several prestigious awards and has authored journal articles. He is a certified Professional Constructor, registered Professional Engineer, and a member of the American Institute of Constructors. Davis also recently presented a portion of the material from his textbook chapter at a conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of over 1,500 students from 46 states and 30 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities as well as the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.