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About Samuel James Smith

Dr. Samuel J. Smith serves as Professor of Education at Liberty University and is Director of School Administration Programs. He began his career as an English and history teacher and later became a school principal. He has specialized in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on historical, philosophical, and theoretical foundations of education. He has worked as a teacher and administrator in Houston, Texas, and Daytona Beach, Florida.  Dr. Smith began teaching in higher education at Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City while completing his doctorate at Oklahoma State University.  He enjoys mentoring future teachers and school principals. 
Research Interests
• Learning Theory
• Character Education
• Educational Leadership
• History Education
• English Education
• Second-Career Teachers (Career Switchers)

Positions

July 2006 - Present Professor; Program Director, Liberty University School of Education
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Curriculum Vitae




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Honors and Awards

  • President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Liberty University, 2021.
  • Graduate Research Award: Oral Presentation, 3rd Place (with doctoral candidate Rachel Pedigo). Center for Research & Scholarship, Liberty University, 2019.
  • Virginia Distinguished Paper Award (with doctoral candidate Michelle Casey), American Educational Research Association (AERA), 2016.
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Liberty University, 2012.
  • Virginia Distinguished Paper Award (with Dr. John Pantana), American Educational Research Association (AERA), 2009.
  • Excellence in Classroom Instruction, Belhaven University, 2006.

Courses

  • EDUC 703 Philosophical & Social Foundations of Education
  • EDUC 604 Foundations of Education
  • EDUC 989 Dissertation Proposal & Research
  • EDAS 699 Internship in School Administration
  • EDAS 645 Foundations for Educational Leaders
  • EDAS 640 School Administration
  • EDUC 504 Historical & Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • EDUC 360 Foundations of Education

Education

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2017 - 2019 M.A., Liberty University ‐ History
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1995 - 2000 Ed.D., Oklahoma State University ‐ Curriculum & Instruction
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1991 - 1993 M.A., Grace College ‐ School Administration
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1987 - 1988 Post-Baccalaureate, Houston Baptist University ‐ History
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1981 - 1985 B.A., Mid-America Christian University ‐ English
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Contact Information

Samuel J. Smith
Liberty University
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, DeMoss Hall 1314AM
1971 University Blvd
Lynchburg, VA 24515

Phone: 434-592-4342
Fax: 434-582-2468

Email:


Books (2)

Contributions to Books (7)

Published Journal Articles (13)

Conference Paper Presentations (12)