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Joshua S. Smith, Ph.D.

Professor of Teacher Education
Dean Joshua S. Smith, Ph.D.

Professor, Teacher Education
Xavier Hall 101

Dr. Smith's CV


University at Albany
Degree: Ph.D. (Educational Psychology and Methodology)
Dissertation Title: Parents' and Teachers' Respective Perceptions of Behavioral Problems in Pre-School Children

University at Albany
Degree: M.S. (Educational Psychology and Statistics)

University at Albany
Degree: B.A. Cum Laude (U.S. History)
Minor: Sociology


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.

Research Interests

Research interests include educational psychology, statistics and methodology.

Recent Publications

Refereed Publications

Palmer, M. M., Dankowski, M. E., Smith, J. S., Logio, L. S., Brutkiewicz, R. R., & Bogdewic, S. P. (2011). Exploring changes in culture and vitality: The outcomes of faculty development. Journal of Faculty Development, 25(1), 21-27.

Smith, J. S., Estudillo, A., & Kang, H. (2011). Racial differences in eighth grade students’ identification with academics. Education and Urban Society, 43(1), 73-90.

Aiken-Wisniewski, S., A., Smith, J. S., & Troxel, W. G. (2010). Expanding research in academic advising: Methodological strategies to engage advisors in research. NACADA Journal, 39(1), 4-13.

Ashburn-Nardo, L., & Smith, J. S. (2008). African-Americans’ extropunitive and intropunitive responses to prejudice: Implications for academic attitudes. Journal of Black Psychology, 34(4), 479-493.

Lim, S., & Smith, J. S. (2008). The structural relationships of parenting, creative personality, and loneliness. Creativity Research Journal, 20(4), 412-419.

Smith, J. S., Akos, P., Lim, S., & Wiley, S. (2008). Student and stakeholder perceptions of the transition to high school. High School Journal, 91(3), 32-42.

Smith, J. S., & Lim, S. (2007). Examining the transition from middle school to high school: Translating research into practice. In S. Mertens, V. Anfara, and M. Casey, (Eds.). The young adolescent and the middle school: A volume in the handbook of research in middle level education (pp. 277-296). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Anderson, J. A., Wright, E. R., Smith, J. S., & Kooreman, H. (2007). Educational profiles of students at enrollment in a system of care. Remedial and Special Education, 28(1), 9-20.

Smith, J. S. (2007). Using data to inform practice: Intrusive faculty advising at a two-year college. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 31(10), 813-831.

Smith, J. S., Sykes, L. L., & Lim, S. (2007). Race and socioeconomic status as predictors of college graduation for African Americans and Whites. National Association of Student Affairs Professionals Journal. Special theme Issue African American Millennial College Students: Implications for Student Affairs Planning and Policy, 10(1), 147-163.

Professional Organizations/Affiliations

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

  • Teaching Educational Psychology SIG
  • Sociology of Education SIG
  • Middle Level Researchers SIG

National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)

National Middle School Association (NMSA)

Indiana Evaluators Association (IEA)

Archdiocese of Indianapolis—Data Analysis Consultant on FAITH 2000 Assessment

Indianapolis Public Schools—Evaluation Consultant on the District wide Improvement Planning

Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township—Transitions Expert on the MSD of Lawrence Township Middle School Taskforce

Metropolitan School District of Warren Township—Evaluation of the Instructional Technology Implementation

American Student Achievement Institute—Statistical Consultant on the Advancing Academic Excellence-Expanding College Level Coursework in Indiana High Schools

Christel House Academy—Evaluation Consultant of the After-School Programming and Program Review