Meet our Department Chair
Dr. William A. Smith brings exceptional skills to this leadership position as a researcher with national
and international distinction, former administrator in our College of Education and
the U, and as professor in ECS and Ethnic Studies. He also serves as the Associate
Dean for Diversity, Access, & Equity in the College of Education as well as the Special
Assistant to the President & NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative. Dr. Smith is the
co-editor (with Philip Altbach & Kofi Lomotey) of the book, The Racial Crisis in American
Higher Education: The Continuing Challenges for the 21st Century (2002). His work
primarily focuses on his theoretical contribution of Racial Battle Fatigue which is
the cumulative emotional, psychological, physiological, and behavioral effects that
racial microaggressions have on People of Color.
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William Smith Receives Two Awards from 12th District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
Education, Culture & Society Professor, William Smith, has received an unprecedented two of four awards this year from the 12th District Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He is now nominated for the International Award given in July 2018. Read more >>
Experience of black doctoral students underscores need to increase diversity in STEM fields
William Smith, ECS Professor, co-authored a new study that explores challenges faced by black male students.
Dr. Leticia Alvarez Gutiérrez & students presented at the 3rd Annual Breaking the Pipeline Symposium which took place on March 31 at the University of Utah.
Winners of the 2017 AESA and Taylor & Francis Past President's
Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Research
Ana Carolina Fernandes de Bessa Antunes, U of Utah
Gardner Seawright, U of Utah