Drawing upon over 40 years of experience in social work and education, Dr. James E. Smith has served as a tenured professor at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, since 2011. Joining the faculty at Washburn in 2008 as an associate professor, he previously taught at the University of Wyoming as a tenured associate professor and Kansas State University and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks as an adjunct professor. During his tenure at the universities, he instructed and lectured on individual and family relationships, social problems, gender role socializations, emotional intelligence, clinical therapy, social work competencies, and social work ethics and values on a national and international basis. Notably, he is a licensed specialist clinical social worker.
A former lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Army, Dr. Smith served with distinction in the Medical Service Corps as a social work officer. In recognition of his military service, he has received a number of accolades and honors, including a Liberation of Kuwait Medal from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a Kuwait Liberation Medal from the Government of Kuwait.
As a testament to his success, Dr. Smith was selected for inclusion in Madison Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals, Who’s Who Among American Teachers and Educators, Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America and Who’s Who Among Human Services Professionals. Impressively, he was inducted into the honor societies of Kappa Omicron Nu, Phi Alpha, Phi Beta Delta and the National Society of Scabbard and Blade.
Dr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Hampton University, Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, Master of Public Administration from the University of La Verne, and PhD in family life education and consultation from Kansas State University. In his spare time, he enjoys astronomy, photography, chess, landscaping, traveling with his wife, building model airplanes, and collecting art and Star Trek memorabilia.
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