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Faculty members like Jonathan Smith, professor emeritus of psychology, have helped UCM achieve a reputation as a campus where faculty members care about students. If fact, Smith’s colleagues say he has taught up to 20 credit hours in one semester, while taking on extra students in special projects classes so they can graduate on time.
Smith’s reputation for kindness and his open door to students have been well known during the past 23 year. He came to the university as an assistant professor of psychology after previous teaching experiences at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, University of Kansas, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and University of Missouri-Columbia. He climbed the faculty ranks and became a full professor in 1995, teaching at least 13 different undergraduate courses and four graduate courses and special projects over the years.
During his tenure at UCM, Smith served as faculty adviser for undergraduate and graduate students, and spent at least 12 years as a faculty adviser to the Psychology Club. He served as a research mentor and department mentor for psychology students in the McNair Central Achievers Program (McNair Scholars) since its inception in 1991.
Throughout the years, he has been involved in service activities such as scouting, raising money to fight cancer and to assist victims of domestic abuse. In addition, he has served as a senior consultant for Missouri vocational rehabilitation agencies and an impartial hearing officer for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Smith has received a number of awards, including the 2011 Outstanding Undergraduate Professor Award presented by the Department of Psychology. His education includes bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kansas State College of Pittsburg (now Pittsburg State University) and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.