Cathy Davison, Ph.D.

Senior Literacy and Education Consultant


  • Ph.D., University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 2014
  • M.Ed., Edith Cowan University, 2003
  • B.A., Speech and Secondary Education, Wesleyan College, 1981

Current positions

  • Literacy and Education Domain Leader, SIL-Africa, 2015 -
  • Certified Senior Literacy and Education Consultant, SIL International, 2012–
  • Literacy and Education Consultant, SIL Africa Area, 2006–
  • Literacy and Education Consultant for SIL Mali Language Projects, 1995–

Other professional experience and service

  • Course developer, Orthography, Multilingual Education, and Language Development and Language Policy, SIL i-DELTA training program, (English), Ruiru, Kenya, July–August, 2013; (French), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, October–November 2013
  • Course developer and Head of course, Intermediate Literacy, SIL i-DELTA training program, (English), Ruiru, Kenya, June–July, 2012; (French), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, October–November, 2012
  • Consultant to the School Health and Reading Program, RTI, Uganda, to develop L1 curriculum materials for P1 and P2 in four Ugandan languages, February-April, 2013.
  • International Literacy and Education Consultant, 2010–2011
  • Head of course, Introduction and Survey of Literacy, SIL Africa Area Training Program, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 2006; Yaoundé, Cameroon, 2007, 2009
  • Course director, Cours de théorie et pratique d’alphabétisation (Advanced Literacy Theory and Practice), Recognized by UNESCO, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Instructor, One-day writers’ workshop, and French translator during advocacy meetings with SIL, Wycliffe Bénin, and the government of Bénin for Multilingual Education (MLE), 2008
  • Coordinator of French Translation, Literacy Connection, Nairobi, Kenya, 2008
  • Instructor, SIL Africa Area Advanced Literacy Training Course, Nairobi, Kenya, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Instructor, SIL Literacy Mega Course, Dallas, TX, 1998; University of North Dakota, 2005
  • Literacy and Education Consultant, SIL Côte d’Ivoire-Mali Branch, 1995–2005
  • Literacy Coordinator, SIL Africa Area, 2002–2004
  • Teaching staff, various literacy workshops, SIL Côte d’Ivoire-Mali Branch, 1991–2001
  • Leader, Primer Production Workshop, Gudschinsky and Multi-Strategy methods primers for 5 languages, Niamey, Niger, 2000
  • Participant, SIL Literacy Consultant Seminar, Nairobi, Kenya, 1994 and 1997
  • Literacy Coordinator, SIL Côte d’Ivoire-Mali Branch, 1993–1995
  • Teaching staff, NGourmanchema Writers’ Workshop, Fada-Ngourma, Burkina Faso, 1991
  • Volunteer teacher (Red Crescent Society), English language school, Vietnamese refugee camp, Sungai Besi, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1986
  • Professor, English as a Foreign Language, Pai Chai College, Taejon, South Korea, 1984–1986

Professional memberships

  • International Reading Association, 2010–

Language proficiencies

  • English: ILR 5
  • French: ILR 3
  • Bambara/Bamanankan: ILR 1+

Research interests

  • Writing in emergent literate cultures
  • Literacy
  • Multilingual education
  • Language development
  • Ethnomathematics
  • Training issues
Africa Area
Uganda, Kenya, and
Burkina Faso