Dr. Misty Smethers
Assistant Professor and Director of Academic Services
Education & Experience:
I earned my Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Texas, my Master of Arts in Education degree in Student Affairs from Western Kentucky University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University.
I have worked professionally in the field of higher education for over 15 years. Previous experience includes the areas of Student Development, Judicial Affairs, New Student Orientation, Student Union Management, Admissions and Recruitment, Student Organizations and Leadership, Greek Life, and Events and Programs.
I lead the Office of Academic Services for the School of Public Health, where I work with a dedicated and experienced team of higher education and public health professionals. My main responsibilities include the success and retention of our students; advising our graduate certificate in public health, professional option and non-degree seeking students; serving as a CARE team representative; teaching the Professional and Academic Development course; managing facilitation of the MPH practice experience; providing faculty and staff orientation and training; developing and advising on SPH policies and procedures; managing the SPH section of the university catalog; and overseeing enrollment management reporting for our university and accrediting bodies.
Teaching Areas & Public Health Interests:
I have worked at the UNT Health Science Center for more than 10 years and have had the opportunity to work in the School of Public Health for the last seven years. I have taught the Professional and Academic Development course in the School of Public Health since 2012 and have been responsible for the administrative oversight of the MPH practice experience since 2014. My areas of interest include: first-generation college students; student development; workplace supportiveness and advancement in higher education; diversity and inclusion; and student conduct.
Professional Activities & Awards:
I am an active member of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Texas Public Health Association (TPHA), the Southern Association of College Student Affairs (SACSA), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators. I currently serve as Co-Chair of the Student Services Council of ASPPH, and I am a member of the local planning committee for the TPHA annual conference, serving as Volunteer Coordinator for the 2017 event. I received the Outstanding Staff Member award from the UNTHSC Public Health Student Government Association (PHSA) in 2016, 2014 and 2010, and the Outstanding PHSA Advisor award in 2010.
My research has focused mainly on workplace supportiveness, family obligations and the field of student affairs. My main role is to serve as a practitioner in higher education and to foster student success. I am passionate about helping students succeed professionally and academically, by serving as an advocate for student needs while encouraging quality and achievement.
This page was last modified on January 29, 2018