Huntington, WV Black History

Feon Smith, Ph.D

Professor and Program Coordinator, Adult and Continuing Education

Dr. Feon Smith is a Professor and Program Coordinator of Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) in the Department of Leadership Studies (LS), Adult and Continuing Education (ACE), and School Psychology (SPSY), College of Education and Professional Development (COEPD) at Marshall University. Dr. Smith joined the Marshall University faculty in January of 2008 after being selected as the 2007-2008 Marshall University Carter G. Woodson Faculty Initiative (CGWFI) Fellow while pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree at Capella University. Dr. Smith began her career at Marshall University in January of 1997 as Administrative Secretary Senior to the Vice President, Dr. Betty Jane Cleckley, for Multicultural Affairs and International Programs. In this same department, she also held the Administrative Assistant and Program Specialist positions and remained in this position until the end of December 2007. She also has experience in the legal field. Before being hired at Marshall University, Dr. Smith worked as a Legal Assistant for the Law Offices of Henderson, Henderson, and Staples in Huntington, WV, from October 1988 until December 1996. Dr. Smith earned the Regent’s Bachelor of Arts (R.B.A.) degree from Marshall University in 2003, the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Adult and Technical Education (ATE) from Marshall University in 2005, and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Leadership for Higher Education with a specialization in Education from Capella University in 2012.

Dr. Smith has 16+ years of experience teaching graduate courses in ACE and graduate and doctoral courses in LS. In addition to teaching graduate and doctoral courses, she holds many roles that include advising students, serving as Dissertation Chair and Member on Doctoral Committees, and completing administrative duties as Program Coordinator of ACE. Dr. Smith earned promotion to Full Professor in April of 2023 and earned Tenure in the Spring of 2014. She is proud to be one “homegrown” African American female faculty member from the City of Huntington, the hometown where she was born and raised, to have earned promotion to Full Professor and Tenure at Marshall University. This is one career achievement of which she is most proud! Recently, she was selected to participate in the Fall 2023 Cohort of the Marshall University Department Chair Leadership Academy and the Spring 2022 Cohort of the Marshall University John Marshall Leadership Fellows Program.

As a college instructor, Dr. Smith strives to be a positive role model and effectively teach the course content to adult learners while also creating and utilizing a positive and welcoming learning environment for all. She wants to help students to develop cognitively and socially, and to be able to apply what they have learned in the courses to their jobs. She wants her students to become prepared to work and collaborate with individuals from different races, backgrounds, and cultures that are different from their own because we live in a diverse and multicultural world. Dr. Smith spends a great deal of time and attention on improving her courses. She always has and continues to read and study a variety of peer-reviewed journals, reports, research studies, and texts in the fields of Adult Education, Continuing Education, Technical Education, Career and Technical Center Teaching, Human Resource Development, and Leadership Studies to stay up-to-date in the fields. Being an effective instructor means that you will make a difference in the lives of your students. This is what Dr. Smith strives to do with her students. Dr. Smith has great pride and enthusiasm in working with students from all walks of life and thoroughly enjoys it. She aims to help students become lifelong, motivated, self-sufficient, and self-directed individuals. Her motto to others, especially to our youth is, “I did it…If I can do it, you can do it too!” This phrase hopefully encourages individuals and lets them know that no matter what obstacles they may encounter in life, they too can achieve their goals and dreams by working hard, staying focused, dedicated, and committed!

Dr. Smith has been an advocate and supporter of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) programs and initiatives. She has demonstrated active and sustained service within the university, college, department, and professional community for many years. She loves to serve, volunteer, and help others by giving of her time and talent, not as a matter of requirement, but because service has always been something she does from the heart. Service allows her to help, network, and collaborate with committees, boards, and organizations in the community and academia. One of her most significant service opportunities is the WV Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA). Dr. Smith first became involved with the HSTA in 1999, selected to serve on the advisory planning committee. The advisory planning committee consisted of individuals from the HSTA Central Office at West Virginia University where the program was created, Marshall University, and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine to bring the HSTA to our region of the state, Cabell and Lincoln Counties. The “HSTA, is a one-of-a-kind mentoring program in the state of West Virginia that helps participating high school students enter and succeed in STEM+M-based undergraduate and graduate degree programs. HSTA marshals the efforts of hundreds of mentors—teachers, community members, higher-education faculty and staff, and the HSTA participants themselves—through a framework that supports students facing social and financial challenges to obtaining a diploma and moving on to college” (HSTA, 2024, Welcome to HSTA section). Dr. Smith has served on the HSTA Local Governing Board (LGB) for the Cabell-Lincoln Region from August 2000 to the present. She served as a board member from August 2000 until November 2007, when she was elected as Chair of the Cabell-Lincoln LGB and continues in this role to-date. In August of 2022, Boone County Region HSTA merged with Cabell-Lincoln, and Dr. Smith serves as Chair of the LGB for all three merged counties, now known as the Cabell-Lincoln-Boone Region HSTA. Dr. Smith has served on the HSTA West Virginia State Joint Governing Board (JGB) from September 2015 to the present. In November 2018, she was elected as Vice-Chair of the HSTA JGB and has continued in this capacity to-date. She also serves on the following HSTA JGB Standing Committees: Member of the Expansion Committee (June 2022 to the present); Member of the Summer Advisory Board (March 2022 to the present); Chair of the Curriculum Committee (May 2019 to the present); Member of the Executive Committee (May 2019 to the present); Member of the Ethics Committee (March 2019 to the present); and Member of the Curriculum Committee (September 2015 to the present).

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