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Dimitra J. Smith, Ph.D.

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Department Head/Associate Professor

Higher Education and Learning Technologies
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Office
Young Education North 126A
Related Department
Higher Education and Learning Technologies
College Major
Higher Education
Year Graduated
2010

One of Dr. Smith’s most rewarding accomplishments is working with graduate students toward completion and graduation. She has graduated over 50 doctoral students (serving as chair and committee member). Due to her interests in STEM education, preparation and career exploration, she has authored and self-published 2 children’s books titled Teele and Guba’s Exciting STEM Escapades (English and Spanish Editions) and The STEAMflites Save the Day.

Her interests in community engagement resulted in 2 virtual presentations during summer 2020 to prepare parents and teachers across the US for virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first presentation titled Parents’ night in: Tips to make distance learning easier, received over 7.8K views. The second presentation titled Teachers’ Night In: Virtual Teaching-Questions and Answers, received over 3.6K views.

Dr. Dimitra J. Smith, Tenured Associate Professor of Higher Education and Department Head in the Department of Higher Education and Learning Technologies, has been a faculty member for approximately 10 years.

Educational Background

Academic Positions

  • Department Head, Higher Education and Learning Technologies, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2021
  1. Associate Professor, Higher Education, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2017-Present
  2. Associate Professor (tenure), Higher Education, ED.D Online Program, Texas Tech University, 2016–2017
  3. Assistant Professor, Higher Education, ED.D Online Program, Texas Tech University, 2011- 2015
  4. Advisor, Higher Education Student Association, Higher Education Program, Texas Tech University, 2011–2013
  5. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Office of Community College Research and Policy, Iowa State University, 2010–2011
  6. Research Associate, Office of Community College Research and Policy, Iowa State University, 2007–2010
  7. Family Interaction and Behavior Associate, Institute for Social and Behavioral Research, Iowa State University, 2007
  8. Academic Advisor, Kaplan University, 2006
  9. Coordinator of Diversity Programs, College Engineering, Iowa State University, 2005
  10. Program Development Specialist, Multicultural Student Affairs, Iowa State University, 2003–2004

Awards and Honors

  1. Who’s who in curriculum and education higher education Academic Keys, 2020
  2. Hemphill-Wells New Professor Excellence in Teaching Award, Texas Tech University, (Selected by Faculty at Texas Tech University), 2013
  3. Texas Tech University 19th Annual 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards Best of Tech, 2nd place, Best Professor/Instructor award winner (selected by students), 2013
  4. President’s Excellence in Diversity and Equity Certificate of Nomination Award. Texas Tech University, 2013
  5. Iowa State University STATEment Makers Award for Scholarship (an annual honor that recognizes early personal and professional accomplishments and contributions to society
    of Iowa State University’s young alumni), 2012
  6. Visions Newsmakers, Iowa State University Alumni Association (http://www.isualum.org/index.cfm?nodeID=39847&audienceID=1), 2011
  7. Council for the Study of Community Colleges Dissertation of the Year Award, Transfer Students in STEM Majors: Gender Differences in the Socialization Factors that Influence
    Academic and Social Adjustment, 2011
  8. National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students, Barbara K. Townsend Dissertation Honorable Mention Award, Transfer Students in STEM Majors: Gender Differences in
    the Socialization Factors that Influence Academic and Social Adjustment, 2010
  9. Iowa State University Chapter of Golden Key International Honor Society, 2009–2010

Professional Organizations

  1. Council for the Study of Community Colleges
  2. Association for the Study of Higher Education
  3. Association for the Study of Transfer Students
  4. National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students

Featured Courses

HIED 627 History of Higher Education in US
HIED 718 Doctoral Dissertation

Selected Publications

  • Smith, D., Kuykendall, J., & Jackson, J. Exploring community colleges’ role in the success of African American women in STEM undergraduate programs at HBCUs. International Journal of Social Policy & Education, 3(2), 41-53
  • Jackson-Smith, D., & Starobin, S. (Eds.). (2017). Preparing a competent STEM workforce through community college CTE programs: New Directions for Community Colleges. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Jackson-Smith D., & Starobin, D. (2017). Implications for policy and practice: Summary of the volume and lessons for the future as it relates to CTE programs and STEM. In D. Jackson-Smith & S. Starobin (Eds.), Preparing a competent STEM workforce through community college CTE programs: New Directions for Community Colleges. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Jackson-Smith, D. (2016). Operating in the middle: The experiences of African American females transfer students in STEM Degree Programs at HBCUs. Community College Journal of Research and Practice. Special Edition New Approaches to Transfer Research: Implications for Policy and Practice http://naspa.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10668926.2016.1206841
  • Starobin, S. S., Smith, D. J., & Laanan, F. S. (2016) Deconstructing the transfer student capital: Intersect between cultural and social capital among female transfer students in STEM fields. Community College Journal of Research and Practice. Special Edition New Approaches to Transfer Research: Implications for Policy and Practice. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10668926.2016.1204964
  • Louis, D. A., Rawls, G. J., Jackson-Smith, D., (2016) Chamber, G. A., Phillips, L. L., & Louis, S. L (2016). Listening to our voices: Experiences of Black faculty at predominately white research universities with microaggression. Journal of Black Studies,. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0021934716632983
  • Jackson-Smith, D. (2015). The summer was worth it: Exploring the impacts of a STEM focused summer research program on the success of African American females. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 21(2), 87-106. http://www.dl.begellhouse.com/journals/00551c876cc2f027,31a33a3e53bad464,64a33812298f02b5.html
  • Jackson, D. L., & Laanan, F. S. (2015). Desiring to fit: Fostering the success of community college transfer students in STEM. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 39(2), 132–149. http://naspa.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10668926.2012.762565
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