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Beatrice L. Smith

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Beatrice L. Smith

Meet Beatrice L. Smith

Director, Academic Advising Office

Education: 1986 University of South Florida, B.S. in English Education
1993 Central Missouri University, M.S. in Counseling
2017 University of South Florida, Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction: Higher Education Administration

Career Specialties: Beatrice Smith has served as director of Academic Advising since 2014 and is also currently representing Academic Affairs and Advising as a functional lead for implementation of UT’s new student information and management system: Workday Student. Campus committee memberships have included the Registration Task Force, ERP Implementation Leadership Team, EAB/SSC implementation Leadership Team, Planning and Budgeting Leadership Team, Orientation Workgroup, Retention Task Force, UT CARES, and she is liaison for two faculty committees: the Academic Appeals Committee and the Academic Advising Committee.

Her dissertation was "A Qualitative Study of Veteran Students' Perspectives of their Academic Experiences." Her research interests include all aspects of student success, including student persistence and retention with a particular interest in new trends related to improving students’ academic experiences including first-year students as well as non-traditional student populations including transfers and Veteran students.

Having served as an academic affairs administrator on both public and private universities, her responsibilities have included undergraduate student academic support services, and serving as a resource to faculty for interpretation of academic policies, curriculum development, academic grievances and academic integrity issues. She has also served on taskforces related to Student Success, QEP implementations, strategic planning, new program development, and reaccreditation teams for both professional and regional accreditation efforts.

Honors and Awards: NACADA member and past presenter
Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Awards (2004, 2008)
Recognition for outstanding contributions and support from Student Disability Services (2002, 2006), Enrollment Planning and Management (2002)