Michele Smith

Michele Smith

Assistant Professor
Counseling, Leadership & Special Education

Academic Interests

  • Effective strategies of mentoring in higher education institutions with a focus on African American women master’s and doctoral candidates

  • Transformational leadership in higher education

  • The intersection of race and gender in collegiate athletics with a focus on men’s basketball and football and low graduation rates

Top Scholarly Accomplishments


“Community Engagement: A University~Community Partnership, Partners for Success~Scholars for College”, Poster Session 5th Annual Faculty Conference, Alliant International University, San Jose, CA January 2012

“Chosen~Forgotten Gladiators”, Panel Presentation, 119th Annual American Psychological Association Convention, Washington D.C., August 2011 (with Dr. Mike Connor and Mr. Ramar Henderson)

“Electronic Exhibit Room: Using Technology for a Successful Accreditation Visit, Poster Session 4th Annual Faculty Conference, Alliant International University, San Jose, CA, January 2011

Co-Designed the Electronic Exhibit Room: Accreditation Website, Alliant International University, The Shirley M. Hufstedler School of Education, September 2010 (with Ms. Jayme Mogen)

“Women in Sports Leadership Roles,” Alliant International University 9th Annual Leadership Conference, “Global Women & Leadership”, San Diego, CA, March 2010


Smith, M. D. & Lee, T. A. (2008). The Importance of Mentoring African American Women Doctoral Students. ijournal: Insight Into Student Services, Issue 18: Student Success, February 2008. Online journal.

Previous Experience

  • Administrative experience as a department chair
  • Accreditation experience—successful accreditation visits
  • Effectively supervising faculty and staff; teaching in the areas of educational leadership, multicultural education & cultural diversity, and sports administration
  • Experience advising undergraduate and graduate students
  • Mentoring doctoral candidates
  • Successful budget management experience
  • Success in securing grants
  • Working collaboratively with colleagues


Omaha, NB


  • Listening to Jazz

  • Reading

  • Officiating collegiate and high school men’s and women’s basketball & high school football

Future Goals and Aspirations

  • As an educator, to always foster an inquiry and thought provoking learning environment
  • To become a scholar in the areas of my academic interests that continues to push the envelope of leadership, growth, change and knowledge
  • To work in an administrative role as a Dean, a Provost, a President that fosters, assists and maintains a multicultural and culturally competent environment and governance structure that facilitates the participation of faculty, administrators, staff and students in the life of the University and encourages contributions and involvement by alumni, advisory groups and community.

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