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About Samuel J. Smith

Samuel J. Smith is Professor and Chair of the Educational Leadership Department at Liberty University. Prior to coming to Liberty in 2006, he taught at Belhaven University and Mid-America Christian University. He also served in both public and private K-12 schools and was administrator of schools in Texas and Florida.
Dr. Smith holds degrees from Oklahoma State University (Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction), Grace College (M.A. School Administration), and Mid-America Christian University (B.A. English). He completed post-baccalaureate studies at Houston Baptist University (History Education).
Together with his wife Sonja, also an educator, he enjoys music, theater, reading, the beach, and time with family.
LIFE VERSE: "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you" (Psalm 32:8, NIV).
RESEARCH INTERESTS:
• Learning Theory
• Character Education
• Educational Leadership
• History Education
• English Education
• Second-Career Teachers (Career Switchers)

Positions

July 2006 Present Department Chair, Liberty University School of Education, Educational Leadership Department
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Curriculum Vitae




Honors and Awards

  • President's Award for Excellence in Teaching (Liberty University, 2012)
  • Distinguished Paper Award (Virginia Educational Research Association, 2009)
  • Excellence in Classroom Instruction (Belhaven University, 2006)


Education

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19952000 Ed.D., Oklahoma State University
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19911993 M.A., Grace College
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19871988 Post-Baccalaureate, Houston Baptist University
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19811985 B.A., Mid-America Christian University
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Contact Information

Samuel J. Smith
Liberty University
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, DeMoss Hall 1165-AJ
1971 University Blvd
Lynchburg, VA 24515

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

Email:


Books (1)

Contributions to Books (8)

Published Journal Articles (10)

Conference Presentations (25)