Ann L Davis, M.S.


Affiliate Assistant Professor
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Ann Davis is a 1976 graduate of Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina earning her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biochemistry.  She earned a Master’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice specializing in Forensic Science from VCU in 1990.

Professional experience
Davis began her professional career in forensic science in 1979 at the Virginia Department of Forensic Science, first in the area of drug analysis and later as a firearm and toolmark examiner.  She is also qualified in the discipline of vehicle lamp analysis. Ann supervised the firearm and toolmark section in the Central Laboratory in Richmond from January, 1989 through November, 2008, when she was promoted to her current position of Physical Evidence Program Manager. She also has previous experience as a chemist in the areas of pesticide residue analysis and geochemistry research.

Professional accomplishments
Ann is a Distinguished life member of the Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE). She served a number of years on the Board of Directors and was the 35th President of the Association from 2003 - 2004. Ann was awarded AFTE's Member of the Year Award in 2005 for accomplishments made during her year as President, as well as Presidential Commendation awards in 2005 and 2007.  Currently, as Coordinator for the training subcommittee for AFTE’s Standardization and Training Committee, Ann worked with the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) under a NIJ grant in developing an interactive training program for firearm and toolmark examiners. Ann is a member of the Chesapeake Bay Division of the International Association for Identification and the Criminalistics section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.  She has been an American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD-LAB) Legacy inspector since 1997.

Throughout her career, Ann has actively participated in a variety of research projects, and presented and taught as a part of numerous professional conferences, seminars and training programs.  Since 1990, Ann has served as adjunct faculty for the VCU Master’s program, lectured for various undergraduate classes and mentored numerous graduate interns. In 2007, the Department honored her with an appointment as Affiliate Assistant Professor and selected her for alumni membership of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.