|July 2006 - Present||Professor and Online Chair, Liberty University ‐ School of Education|
Honors and Awards
- Distinguished Paper Award (Virginia Educational Research Association, 2016)
- 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)
|1995 - 2000||Ed.D., Oklahoma State University|
|1991 - 1993||M.A., Grace College|
|1987 - 1988||Post-Baccalaureate, Houston Baptist University|
|1981 - 1985||B.A., Mid-America Christian University|
Samuel J. Smith
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, DeMoss Hall 1384
1971 University Blvd
Lynchburg, VA 24515
Contributions to Books (8)
Contribution to Book
Horace Bushnell: Advocate of Progressive Orthodoxy and Christian Nurture
A Legacy of Religious Educators: Historical and Theological Introductions (2016)
Disparaged by his critics as a liberal, Calvinist, mystic, and heretic, Horace Bushnell’s theology—particularly his notion of Christian nurture—has prevailed ...
Contribution to Book
Case Studies: Developing Decision-making Skills in Diverse Simulated Environments
Handbook of Virtual Online Instruction and Programs in Education Leadership (2012)
Traditional print case studies have been a long-standing instructional strategy for educational leadership preparation programs. With the advent of interactive ...
Published Journal Articles (11)
Challenges for Novice School Leaders: Facing Today’s Issues in ...
Journal of Educational Leadership and Administration: Teaching and Program Development (2016)
Challenges for novice school leaders evolve as information is managed differently and as societal and regulatory expectations change. This study ...
Establishing Special Education Programs: Experiences of Christian School Principals
Journal of Research on Christian Education (2012)
This phenomenological study investigated the experiences of principals who initiated special education programs in Christian schools. Principals described efforts involved ...
The Role of Controversial Issues in Moral Education: Approaches and ...
Journal of the International Christian Community for Teacher Education (2011)
This study investigated the approaches and attitudes of Christian school teachers as they addressed controversial issues in moral education. Thirteen ...
Preservice Second-Career Teachers in a Blended Online-Residential Preparation Program: Profiling ...
The Teacher Educators’ Journal (2010)
This study examines preservice second-career teachers (SCTs), their motivations for switching careers, and their perceptions of the profession. Participants were ...