As the university’s Planetarium and Observatory director, my job is out of this world!

Cheri Davis, Ed.D.

  • Alum
  • Faculty

Professional Track Faculty & Planetarium Director

Physics & Astronomy

As the university’s Planetarium and Observatory director, Dr. Cheri Davis has a job that is out of this world! Dr. Davis also enjoys teaching pre-service science classes, astronomy classes and signature courses.

A Conversation with Dr. Davis

What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?

A&M-Commerce is a great university! We have a wide variety of faculty from all over the United States and the world.

Tell us about a project you are currently working on or recently completed.

We are updating the university’s Planetarium. The system in there was last updated in 2013. We’re in the process of installing new seats and new carpet. We’re really excited about the facility’s face lift. It’ll be like a completely new Planetarium by the time we’re finished!

Educational Background

  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2013
  • MS, Broadfield Science, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2005
  • BS, Interdisciplinary Studies, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2004


  • $570,782, NSF Grant PASS: Physics and Astronomy Scholarships for Success, May 1, 2016-April 30, 2016
  • $518,000, TAMU-C Planetarium Renovation/upgrade planetarium system to Evans & Sutherland’s Digistar 5, DLP projector, 2013
  • $28,888, National Space Grant Foundation, Aerospace Educational Services Project-AESP Grant-Explorations of the Solar System, 2010

Awards and Honors

  • Chancellor’s Academy of Teacher Education, The Texas A&M University System
  • President’s Meritorious Service Award, Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • NASA Texas Space Grant Fellowship

Professional Organizations

  • NASA Texas Space Grant Consortium Representative
  • Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA)
  • American Astronomical Society (AAS)
  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE)
  • Digistar Users Group (DUG)
  • International Planetarium Society (IPS)
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  • Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT)
  • Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC)

Selected Publications

  • Davis, Margaret Cheri. Mathematics and Science Education Attrition, Retention, and Migration: A Study of Three Urban School Districts in the State of Texas, Order No. 3595285 Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2013 Ann Arbor ProQuest. 15 Oct. 2014.
  • Montgomery, K.A., Davis, C., Renshaw, T., & Rolen, J., Photometric Study of 5 Asteroids at A&M-Commerce Observatory, Minor Planet Bulletin, 2013.

Important Links

Lunar Explorations

Exploration of the Solar System


  • Aerospace Education Services Project
  • NASA Education Sandbox 2008



  • International Year of Astronomy
  • International Year of Astronomy on the A&M-Commerce Campus
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