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Loyola names Joshua S. Smith, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education

| By Nick Alexopulos

Loyola University Maryland has named Joshua S. Smith, Ph.D., currently associate dean for research and academic affairs and director of the Center for Urban and Multicultural Education at the Indiana University School of Education in Indianapolis, dean of the University’s School of Education. Smith will assume his new role on July 1, 2012.

“I am confident that Dr. Smith’s combination of scholarship, leadership, and integrity—particularly his commitment to addressing the issues affecting education in our nation’s cities—make him the ideal person to build on the extraordinary foundation our School of Education has established since its founding in 2009, and the remarkable work our undergraduate and graduate programs in education have pursued for more than 60 years,” said University President Brian F. Linnane, S.J. “I am thrilled to welcome him to the Loyola University Maryland community.”

Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., Loyola’s vice president for academic affairs, says Smith’s background and achievements make him uniquely well-suited to leading Loyola’s School of Education as the School, its faculty, and its students confront the opportunities and challenges affecting today’s schools and school systems.

“Dr. Smith brings to Loyola an ability to work with a broad array of constituents, ranging from Loyola’s students, faculty, and alumni to those about whom we care the most: our region’s and nation’s youngsters, and those who have devoted their careers to bringing about education that leads to productive, joyful lives in which students realize their potential,” said Snyder. “Consistent with our Jesuit heritage, Dr. Smith is poised to make a meaningful difference that is based in care for others, in their situations and their context—with values and purpose.”

Smith has been affiliated with Indiana University since 2004, when he joined the university as an assistant professor of education psychology and associate director of the Center for Urban and Multicultural Education, a position he held until 2007, when he became the center’s interim director and later director. Other positions held include senior faculty member in Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’s University College and adjunct faculty member in the School of Nursing. In 2010, he was named an associate professor of education psychology, and he assumed his current role as associate dean in 2011. Earlier in his career, he served as an academic advisor and later as director of assessment in the office of undergraduate studies at the University of Albany, and as an adjunct assistant professor in the University of Albany’s department of educational and counseling psychology from 2002-04. He is also the president-elect of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

Smith earned his B.A. in U.S. History, M.S. in Educational Psychology and Statistics, and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Methodology from the University of Albany, State University of New York, where his dissertation focused on parents’ and teachers’ perceptions of behavioral problems in pre-school children. He has provided professional consulting services to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Public Schools, the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township (Ind.), and several other school systems and educational organizations. His awards and honors include the 2006 Indiana University Trustees’ Teaching Award and the National Advising Association’s 2002 Outstanding Advising Award. Smith has also participated in more than 50 grant-funded projects receiving more than $3,000,000 in institutional, foundation, corporation, and government support, most as principal investigator.

“It is truly an honor to join the faculty as the dean of the School of Education at Loyola University Maryland,” said Smith. “I am impressed with the School’s strengths-based approach to urban education and commitment to collaborate with schools in the Baltimore area. I look forward to working with faculty to effectively integrate scholarship, teaching, and service in ways that make meaningful differences in the lives of students, families, and school personnel in urban schools.”

Founded in 2009, Loyola University Maryland’s School of Education is dedicated to preparing educators who can bring about fundamental change, social justice, and improved education for all children, particularly those who have been most underserved by current educational systems. It offers an undergraduate degree in elementary education and graduate programs in curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, educational technology, Kodály music education, literacy/reading, Montessori education, school counseling, special education, a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), and a combined B.A.-B.S./MAT program. 

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